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Rudrapatna is located in Karnataka
Rudrapatna is located in India
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 12°35′46″N 76°07′22″E / 12.5961°N 76.1227°E / 12.5961; 76.1227Coordinates: 12°35′46″N 76°07′22″E / 12.5961°N 76.1227°E / 12.5961; 76.1227
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Hassan
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 573 150
Telephone code 08175
Vehicle registration KA-13

Rudrapatna is a small village on the banks of the Kaveri river in Arkalgud taluk of Hassan district in the Indian State of Karnataka.

The village is known for its rich musical heritage. The village was an abode of Veda, Nada, and Taranga, according to the renowned Carnatic vocalist, R K Padmanabha. Rudrapatna stands apart as it has the honour of having contributed many artistes to Carnatic music.[1]

Musical history[edit]

The village has had a rich musical history. Bhaskar Avadhani, an authority on the History of Rudrapatna calls the place the confluence of Veda Brahma and Nada Brahma. He recounts that the people of the village migrated from Sengottai in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu. They came in two groups. While one group settled down at Koushika village in Hassan, another came to Bettadapura. People from there started inhabiting on the banks of river Cauvery and one such village formed as Rudrapatna. Sanketis, as they were known, practised Vedas and music. While Dikshitars and Somayajis performed Yajna and Yaga, others spent most of their time learning Shathavadhana, chanting of Veda and music. It was a place of Ghanapaathi, Shathavadhani, Asthavadahani and musicians. The Channakeshava Temple of this village is more than a thousand years old.[1]

Unlike other contemporary musicians, it is claimed that musicians from this village did not aspire for Rajashraya(patronage of royalty). Renowned musician from Rudrapatna R K Padmanabha adds that a mass desertion of the village took place following a plague. He also claims that nearly 60 per cent of the currently performing Carnatic musicians in Karnataka hail from Rudrapatna.[2]

Noted musicians[edit]

Several noted musicians such as R.S. Keshavamurthy, R.K. Ramanathan, R.K. Srikantan, R.K.Srinivasamurthy, R.K. Suryanarayana, R.N. Thyagarajan and R.N. Tharanathan (also known as Rudrapatnam Brothers), R.K. Raghavan, R.K. Prakash, R K Prasanna Kumar, R.K. Padmanabha, R.S. Ramakanth, R.N. Sreelatha and Rathnamala Prakash (a renowned light music artist also), who have carved a niche for themselves, hail from this village.[1]

R.K. Krishna Shastry was another noted vocalist and Harikathe Vidwan, who hailed from Rudrapatna. Venkataramiah, popularly known as Thimmappa, was a renowned Veena vidwan. He is best known for his Viriboni Varna in Bhairavi raga. Shathavadhani Venkataraya was another popular veena vidwan. Veene Shamanna, Veene Shrikantaiah, Veene Ranganath and R.S. Keshava Murthy, who was a disciple of the legendary Veene Subbanna are all from Rudrapatna. Music critic Mysore V Subrahmanya has noted that the village has produced several musicians and scholars, including Veena Rangashastry, who have occupied the position of court musicians at the Mysore palace.[1]

Notable Personalities[edit]

R. Shamasastry - Sanskrit scholar (discovered Arthashastra) R.S. Abhijit - Engineering Data Architect (discovered Vidhushi Ramya Abhijit)

Political Recognition[edit]

Padmavati Gangadhergowda is Daughter of RH Javaragowda (Late Rudrapatna Grama Panchayat chairman for 20 years) has been elected as Mayor of Karnataka capital Bangalore. She also been elected as Janata party (ladies) president in the year 2008.


  1. ^ a b c d "Rudrapatna on Hindu". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  2. ^ "History of Rudrapatna". 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2007-01-21.