Tyagaraja was born in the small town of Tiruvarur in the Thanjavur district of Old Mysore State now Tamil Nadu, to Kakarla Ramabrahmam and Sitamma, a Telugu brahmin family. He was named Tyagaraja, after Lord Tyagaraja, the presiding deity of the temple at Tiruvarur. His maternal grandfather, Giriraja Kavi, at whose house in Tiruvarur Tyagaraja … Read More

Syama Sastri

Syama Sastri was born in Tiruvarur in Thanjavur district of Mysore State, into a scholarly and priestly Telugu brahmin family. His father Viswanatham was the hereditary priest responsible for the care and worship of the image of the goddess, Bangaru Kamakshi, whose temple is in Thanjavur. Syama Sastri's father was 25 at the time of his birth and … Read More

Muthuswami Dikshitar

Muthuswami Dikshitar was born in Tiruvarur (of Thanjavur in old Mysore State to a Telugu Brahmin couple Ramaswami Dikshitar and Subbamma, as the eldest son. According to the account of Subbarama Dikshitar, Muttuswami Dikshitar was born in the manmatha year, in the month of Panguni under the asterism Krittikaa. He was named after the temple deity, … Read More