|Galaxy of Composers|
|V V Srivatsa|
background: He was born
in a family deeply involved in music - the T T Krishnamachari family. He
studied classical music for nearly two decades. However protracted
overseas residence constrained him from keeping his musical pursuits. On
his return though, his mother encouraged him to compose as he had
attained a high level of proficiency and formal qualification in
Contribution: He has
about 70 compositions to his credit. While most of them are in rakti
ragas, there are also kritis in ragas like Valachi, Natabhairavi,
Raghupriya, Kantamani etc. Structurally
modelling himself after his mentor and spiritual guru Muthuswami
Dikshitar, he has firmly adhered to the use of madhyama-kala
passages in his compositions. That
his compositions are being sung regularly by leading musicians like D K
Pattammal, B Rajam Iyer etc, is a testimony to his composing abilities.
Languages used: Except for a couple of recent compositions, all his compositions are in Sanskrit.
Bulks of his compositions are dedicated to his 'ishtadevata'
(favourite deity), Devi Kantimati of Tirunelveli. They are
dedicated, in typical Dikshitar fashion, to multiple Divinities.
He has used the mudra Vatsa.
Popular compositions: They include Trahimam (Dhanyasi), Tyagarajamahaguro (Poorvikalyani), Kartikeya (Valachi) etc.