A great classical music art form of South India, Carnatic music is considered to be one of the oldest systems of music in the world. Carnatic music is based on the system of ragas (melodic scales) and talas (rhythmic cycles). There are seven rhythmic cycles and 72 fundamental ragas. All other ragas are considered to have stemmed from these.Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Shastri, popularly known as the Trinity of Carnatic Music, have composed thousands of songs, which remain favourites among musicians and audiences even today.
Carnatic music is slowly acquiring a global audience. This can be attributed to the reach of the internet and the Carnatic musicians who spread its knowledge through performances and schools across the world.
M. Balamurali Krishna has reigned at the forefront of South Indian music for the past five decades. Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal, popularly known as DKP, is one of the finest classical Carnatic vocalists of India.Madurai Mani Iyer (1912-1968) was born into a family of musicians and was deeply interested in classical music from an early age. Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer (1896-1970) was a renowned vocalist of Carnatic music. M. L. Vasanthakumari (1928-1990), popularly referred to as MLV, was a vidushi of outstanding merit. Endowed with a melodious voice, she was great in all aspects of Carnatic musicM. S. Subbulakshmi, a legendary Carnatic vocalist is popularly known as 'MS' to her follows.Muthuswamy Dikshitar (1775-1835) was a famous composer of Carnatic music who wrote his songs primarily in Sanskrit. Mysore Vasudevachariar (1865-1961) was a renowned vocalist of Carnatic music who composed nearly 200 kritis in Sanskrit and Telugu. Papanasam Sivan (1890-1973) was a highly acclaimed vocalist of Carnatic music renowned for his spiritual compositions. Purandara Dasa (1480-1564) is considered 'the Father of Carnatic Music'. Singing for 72 years, Sri Semmangudi R. Srinivasa Iyer is hailed as the Sangita Pitamaha of the Carnatic music. Subbarama Dikshitar (1839-1906) was the successor of the great composer, Sri Muttuswami Dikshitar. Shyama Sastri (1762-1827) was a Tamil-speaking Brahmin known as auttara vadama, famous for his compositions as part of the TrinityThyagaraja (1767-1847) is hailed as 'the King of Carnatic Music'. V. Doreswamy Iyengar was considered to be a star in the galaxy of famous vainikas of Mysore.
Carnatic Classical Music