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Venkatagiriyappa's initial musical training was under his uncle Chikka Subba Rao, and he later studied under and was greatly influenced by Veene Sheshanna. He was also exposed to western classical music by the director of the orchestra maintained by the Maharaja. Venkatagiriyappa later compiled a collection of Carnatic classical compositions rendered using Western musical notation.
- "Sangita Samaya", by S Krishnamurthy