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Madurai Mani Iyer:
Mani Iyer was a great devotee of Maha Periava who treated Mani Iyer like his own child. Mani Iyer saw Sri Periavaal as Sri Kapaaleswarar, Sri Parameswara himself .
Once Mani Iyer was singing in His presence after he had lost his eyesight . While singing he heard someone accompanying him with beautiful rhythm. After completing the song, he wanted to know from vembu Iyer as to who was accompanying him with such a beautiful rhythm. Immediately Sri Maha periava intervened and told Mani Iyer that it was he with a peel of orange in his hand like kanjira. "Naan taan appaaa taalam potadhu!", Suddenly Mani Iyer broke down with tears and cried "Appane Kapaaleeswara!, parameswaraa! "yen" Periavaala thaalam potadhu?" He cried and told "En periavaalai paaka mudiyalaye, enge irukkaa" Periyavaal in his voice filled with kaarunyam replied "ido un pakkathileye irukkenappa" Mani Iyer repeatedly told "Appane Kapaaleswaraaa! Parameswaraa!" and prostrated. Periavaal blessed him with his own benign smile like a mother to her child.( Free translation)

above by Baraneetharan in Anandavikatan

Madurai Mani Iyer-Sabhapatiki Veru Deivam-Abhogi-Gopalakrishna Barathi

The song has a nice history behind it. One fine morning, Shri. Barathi visited Thiruvayyaru and paid respects to Shri. Thyagaraja Swamigal. During the conversation, Shri. Thyaragaja queried whether he had written any kriti , set to Abogi raga. Shri. Gopalakrishna Barathi felt sad that he did not think about that raga all along. He replied saying that I will just take a bath and come back to see you again. By the time, he finished his bath the song was ready !
Now, the song:

continuation see Part II


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Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Lyrics and meaning:

Ragam: sankarabharanam
thalam: mishra chapu
pallavi :
akshayalingavibho svayambho akhilandakoti prabho pahi shambho { akshayalingavibho }

aksharasvarupa amitapratapa arudha vrshavaha jaganmoha
dakshashikshana dakshatara suralakshana vidhi vilakshana
lakshyalakshana bahu vicakshana sudha-bhakshana gurukatakshavikshana { akshayalingavibho }

caranam :
badarivanamula nayikasahita bhadrakalisha bhaktavihita
madanajanakadi devamahita mayakaryakalanarahita
sadayaguruguhatata gunatita sadhujanopeta shankara
navanita hrdayavibhata tumburusangita hrimkarasambhuta hemagirinatha
sadashrita kalpakamahiruha padambuja bhava
ratha gaja turaga padadi samyuta caitrotsava sadashiva saccidanandamaya { akshayalingavibho }


o lord, who self manifests and who is in the form of a linga that is eternal and undecaying! Lord of the countless universes! Protect me o auspicious one!

Embodiment of letters! One of inestimable glory! Mounted on the bull! Enchanter of the world! Expert in chastising daksha! Protector of the gods! Lord of brahma! Expert in grammar and poetry! Imbibing nectar! Your glance is full of compassion and deep meaning!

Resident of the badari (jujube) forest, in the company of the goddess! Lord of bhadrakali! Visible to devotees! Respected by vishnu, the father of cupid and other gods! Devoid of the blemish of worldly acts! Progenitor of the kind subrahmanya! Possessor of countless good qualities! Praised by the noble! Benevolent! Possessor of a butter like heart! Enjoying the music of tumburu! Arising out of the syllable "hrim"! Lord of the golden meru mountain! Always giving boons like the kalpaka tree to those who take refuge! Of the lotus like feet! Universe personified! Possessing chariots, elephants, horses and foot soldiers! Having annual festival in the month of chaitra (april/may)! Eternal wealth! Filled with true bliss!

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Chembai Vaithiyanatha Bhahavathar

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Chembai 049- Thaya yesodha-Thodi..

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Alathur Brothers

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Palakhad Shri KV Narayanaswamy

Nada thanumanisham
Taalam: aadi
Composer: Tyaagaraaja
Language: Sanskrit
Nada tanumanisha shankaram namami me manasa shirasa
Modakara nigamottama samaveda saram varam varam
Sadyojatadi panca vaktraja sarigamapadhani vara saptasvara
vidyalolam vidalitakalam vimala hrdaya tyagarajapalam
My pranayams to Shankara, who is not different from the Nada and is the essence of Samaveda which is considered as the best among the Vedas and also to Him who Gets delighted in the nadha of seven swaras, Sa-Ri-Ga-Ma-Pa-Dha-Ni, born out of his five faces, Sadyojata etc., He is also the destroyer of kala. My pranayams to Him who protects the pure hearted Thyagaraja.

Musiri Subramania Iyer

BV Raman BV Lakshman

A detailed profile on Sree BV Raman and his twin brother Sree BV Lakshmanan:

S/Shri BV Raman and BV Lakshmanan  were twin brothers belonged to the town of Bhavani, near Erode. Their father B.V.Subramaniya Iyer was the Deputy collector at Gooty when they were born.

They were offered scholarships and also the hospitality of Tiger Varadachariar at Annamalai University. They graduated in 1943 and were privileged to serve the Guru in Gurukulavasam and imbibed his incomparable bhani from which they never swerved till the end.

The brothers B.V. Raman and B.V.Lakshmanan were the gentle giants of Carnatic music who strictly adhered to Sampradaya without indulging in undignified gimmicks and pyrotechnics.

Sangita Kala Acharya B.V.Raman passed away on November 26-2006 in Chennai while Lakshmanan passed away in 1999.

Gurus: Veena Krishnamachariar, Srinivasa Rao, Kulitalai Krishnaswami Rao. Learnt music from Tiger Varadachariar from 1938 to 43 at Annamalai University and from 43 to 45 at Kalakshetra. Kathakali padas from Venkatakrishna Bhagavatar, elder brother of Palghat Rama Bhagavatar.

Awards: Sangita Jyoti from Swami Sivananda, Sangita Gnana Mani from the Kanchi Swamigal and Ganakala Visharadha from the Sringeri Swamigal, Rama Nama Gana Ratna from Satya Sai Baba, Isai Kadal from the Tamizh Isai Sangam, Karaikudi, BV Raman received the Sangeeta Nataka Academy Award in 1998

General: The twins were assisting Rukmini Devi at Kalakshetra, after which BV Lakshmanan moved to AIR Delhi where he stayed till 1957. They composed many varnas, tillanas and kritis and were also known for their repertoire of rare songs.

There is an article in Tamil in Dinamalar -Anmeega Malar about BVR- BVL…
The Gist is as below:
They agreed to perform at Kanchi madam on 3 rd day of Navarathri. They were asked to perform at Anantha Padama swami temple also which they regretted due to this performance at kanchi madam.
Subsequently ,they were, due to change in program , requested to perform on the first day of Navarathiri itself which they did. They were managed to come to Kanchi madam
for the Third day function in pouring rain by taking a bus to kanchi where only two seats were available.
After pooja was over , Periava asked them all about their performance at Padmanabaswamy temple, their plight in getting the ticket in the bus and the pouring rain
They were wondering how Periava was able to know all about this! They told Him that it is only due to his blessings. Periava told them that it is all due to HER and She blessed them with Two mangos with a single stone…..

Incidentally, they were first cousins to my Father-in law…

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