List_of_Carnatic_composers

List of Carnatic composers

The Carnatic classical music tradition gained impetus in the 15th century through the works of Purandara Dasa, one of the foremost Haridasa Saints of the Vijayanagara Empire, and is also regarded as Karnataka Sangeetha Sampradaya Pitamaha (Patriarch of the Carnatic Music Tradition). This tradition has grown since and has produced numerous renowned and revered composers. The list below names the most notable composers in chronological order starting with Purandara Dasa.

Composers in Mysore Kingdom

  • Vaikunta Dasaru (1680)
  • Krishnaraja Wodeyar III (1799 - 1868)
  • Mysore Sadashiva Rao (1790)
  • Veena Venkata Subbiah (1750)
  • Shunti Venkataramaniah (1780)
  • Aliya Lingaraja Urs (1823 - 1874)
  • Chinniah (1902)
  • Krishnappa
  • Veena Chikka Lakshminaranappa
  • Veene Krishnappa
  • Piteelu Seenappa
  • Bhairavi Lakshminaranappa 1878 - 1934
  • Pedda Lakshminaranappa
  • Devalapurada Nanjunda
  • Veena Shamanna (1832 - 1908)
  • Veena Padmanabiah (1842 - 1900)
  • Veene Sheshanna (1852 - 1926)
  • Mysore Karigiri Rao (1853 - 1927)
  • Veena Subbanna (1861 - 1939)
  • Mysore Vasudevachar (1865-1961)
  • Bidaram Krishnappa (1866 - 1931)
  • Tiruppunandal Pattabhiramiah (1863)
  • Sosale Ayya Shastry (1854 - 1934)
  • Jayarayacharya (died 1910)
  • Giribhattara Tammayya (1865 - 1920)
  • Nanjangud Subba Shastry (1834 - 1906)
  • Chandrashekara Shastry
  • Veena Subramanya Iyer (1864 - 1919)
  • Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagavatar (1877 - 1945)
  • Veena Shivaramiah (1886 - 1946)
  • Veena Venkatagiriappa (1887 - 1952)
  • Belakawadi Srinivasa Iyengar (1888 - 1952)
  • Chikka Ramarao (1891 - 1945)
  • Mysore T. Chowdiah (1894 - 1967)
  • Jayachamaraja Wodeyar (1919 - 1974)
  • Dr. B. Devendrappa (1899 - 1986)
  • Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar (1903 - 1959)
  • Tiruvayyar Subramanya Iyer
  • Anavatti Rama Rao (1860)
  • Tiger Varadachariar (1876 - 1950)
  • Chennakeshaviah (1895 - 1986)
  • Titte Krishna Iyengar (1902 - 1997)
  • S.N. Mariappa (1914 - 1986)
  • Chintalapalli Ramachandra Rao (1916 - 1985)
  • R.N.Doreswamy (1916 - 2002)
  • Prof. Mysore Sri V. Ramarathnam (1917 - )
  • H.M. Vaidyalinga Bhagavatar (1924 - 1999)

Bhakti Saints

In addition to the above composers, various Bhakti saints of medieval India also composed devotional hymns, verses and songs. These compositions, though strictly not of Carnatic or classical character, have contributed to the gradual evolution of the Carnatic musical tradition over the centuries.

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