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Maharajapuram Santhanam

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Maharajapuram Santhanam

Born: 20 May 1928

Died: 24 June 1992

  • He was one of the greatest Carnatic music vocalists of the 20th century.
  • He was awarded the Madras Music Academy’s Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 1989.
  • He was born in Sirunangur, a village in the state of Tamil Nadu.
  • He followed the footsteps of his father Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer who was also a Carnatic singer.
  • He wrote many songs on Lord Murugan and Kanchi Shankaracharya, Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Swamigal (Maha Periyavar).
  • He was the principal of Ramanathan College in Sri Lanka.
  • Later he came and settled in Chennai.
  • The songs which were popularised by Maharajapuram Santhanam are,”Bho Shambo” (Revati), “Madhura Madhura” (Bagheshri), both composed by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, “Unnai Allal” (Kalyani Raga), “Sadha Nin Padhame gathi, Varam onnru” (Shanmukhapriya), “Srichakra Raja” (Ragamalika), “Nalinakaanthimathim” (Ragamalika),”Ksheerabdi kannike” (Ragamalika), “Thillana (Revathy)” among others.
  • The Maharajapuram Santhanam Day is celebrated on 3 December every year.

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