Sangeeta Ratnakara Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar is one of the most significant
Carnatic musicians of the 20th century. He was the most sought after concert
artist in the carnatic music world. He designed the kutcheri or concert
format as we experience today.
Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar was born in a small village called Ariyakudi
in Tamilnadu on 19th May, 1890 into a family of astrolegers. He was the
third son of Thiruvengadam Iyengar and Chellammal. But his father realizing
the inclination of the boy towards music , send him for training in music.He
studied under Malayappa Iyer, then Namakkal Narasimha Iyengar and Ramnad
By 1920s he established himself as a front ranking vocalist and pioneered
the format of the modern day cutcheri. He set a structure of a concert and
fixedan order of compositions to be presented. Though he was a traditionalist,
Ariyakkudi could bring in changes suited to the modern times. He had put
in a lot of effort to popularize Carnatic music and brought music to common
man from temples and durbars.
Vellore Sangeeta Sabha conferred on him the title Sangeeta Ratnakara in
1932, Sangeetha Kalanidhi by Madras Music Academy in 1938 and Gayaka Shikhamani
by Mysore Durbar. His principle disciples were B. Rajam Iyer and K. V. Narayanaswamy.
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