Patnam Subramania Iyer

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Patnam Subramania Iyer (1845 – July 31, 1902) was a composer and singer of Carnatic music. Subramaniya Iyer followed the traditions of the great composer Tyagaraja. He has left behind almost one hundred compositions.

Subramaniya Iyer was born in Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. His family had a long history of musical involvement - his father Bharatam Vaidyanatha Iyer was adept at both music and Sastra and his grandfather Panchanada Sastri was the court musician in the court of Serfoji Maharaja of Thanjavur. Subramaniya Iyer learnt music from his uncle, Melattur Ganapati Sastri and later under Manambuchavadi Venkatasubbayyar.

Subramaniya Iyer spent a long time in Chennapatnam (Chennai). This gave Subramaniya Iyer the prefix to his name. Many of his students such as Mysore Vasudevachar, Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar, Bhairavi Kempegowda and Tiger Varadachariar became famous composers and vocalists.

Two of his famous compositions are Raghu Vamsha Sudha in raga Kadhana Kuthuhalam and Evari Bodhanna in raga Abhogi. He is known to have used his guru's mudra (signature) Venkatesa or variations of the same, in his compositions in Telugu and Sanskrit.

The Mysore king Chamaraja Wodeyar gave him a pair of golden bracelets on two occasions, after singing performances in court.

Music compositions[edit]

Varnams[edit]

Composition Raga Tala Language Description Audio Links
Evari Bodhanna Abhogi Adi Telugu
Valachi Vacchi Navaragamalika Adi Telugu
MarachiTlunDe Begada Ata Telugu
Era Napai[1] Thodi Adi Telugu

Krithis[edit]

Composition Raga Tala Language Description Audio Links
mari vEre dikkevarrayya rAmA Shanmukha Priya Adi Telugu

TN Seshagopalan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0zhD86dUW4

mari vere dikkevvaru Latangi Khanda Chapu Telugu

Rama Varma - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXW-Pe0pofk

ninnu jeppa kAraNamEmi mandAri Khanda Chapu Telugu
pancha nadISa pAhimAm pUrNa chandrika rUpaka Telugu
pari dAnamitchhitE pAlintuvEmO Bilahari Khanda Chapu Telugu

Nagavalli Nagaraj - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaliQJkbf0E

raghu vamsa sudhAmbudhi chandra SrI kadana kutUhalam dESa-Adi Telugu
varamulosagi brOchuTa nIkarudA kIra vANi rUpaka Telugu

Malladi Brothers - http://www.musicindiaonline.com/album/10-Classical_Carnatic_Vocal/12754-Malladi_Brothers/#/album/10-Classical_Carnatic_Vocal/12754-Malladi_Brothers/

Manavi Che KonavayyA Sarasangi RUpakam Telugu

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "ERA NAPAI". www.shivkumar.org. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 

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