Galaxy of Composers
TRINITY AND CONTEMPORARIES
IRAYIAMMAN TAMPI (1782-1856)
background: The son of Varman Tampan and Parvati Pilla, Ravi
Varman, who later came to be known as Irayiamman Tampi had his musical
education under Mootattu Sankaran Elayattu. A highly respected musician,
he graced the Travancore court along with other illustrious musicans
like Parameswara Bhagavatar, Vadivelu etc.
Region: Kizhake Matem, near Tiruvanatapuram, Kerala.
Contribution: Tampi is renowned for his Kathakali plays in sopana style like Daksha Yagnam, Keechaka Vadham and Uttara Swayamvaram. He also composed several Varnams, Padams, Kummis, Keertanas and Navaratri Prabandhams.
Signature: He used the mudra Padmanabha, which was also one of the mudras of Maharaja Swati Tirunal.
Languages used: Sanskrit, Malayalam and Manipravalam (a mixture of two or more languages).
Theme: Mainly devotion, but varied according to the theme he chose.
Popular compositions: Omanattin kalkitavu
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