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|PACCHIMIRIAM ADIYAPPA (18th century)|
Background: A court
musician of Tanjore, he was admired as the King of musicians. His
famous disciples include Syama Sastri and Ghanam Krishna Iyer. He was
a great Vina player.
Region: Tanjavur district, Tamilnadu
Contribution: Though he has composed many Kritis and Varnams, his Varnam in Bhairavi, Viriboni, set to Ata tala, the first of its kind, remains unsurpassed. He was honoured with the title of 'Tana Varna Marga Darsi', meaning, 'guide to the Tana Varnam'.
Theme: Mainly devotional.
Language used: Telugu.
Popular Compositions: His most popular masterpiece is the Bhairavi Ata tala Varnam, Viriboni.
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