Baluswami Dikshitar, a great musician, was at the court of Ettayapuram kings. He adopted Subbarama Dikshitar as his own son and taught music to him. Subbarama Dikshitar began composing at the age of seventeen and became the court musician of the Ettayapuram kings at the age of nineteen. He composed many kritis, varnams, etc.
Subbarama Dikshitar at the age of 60 began writing the book Sangita Sampradaya Pradarshini and completed it after four years of hard work. But before the book was printed Subbarama Dikshitar died at a relatively young age of 67.