KAVI KUNJARA BHARATHI

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10/7/2011 at 11:18 AM

KAVI KUNJARA BHARATHI
MY MOST INTERESTING ANCESTER IS MY GRAND FATHER’S AND GRAND MOTHER’S, GREAT GRAND FATHER KAVI KUNJARA BHARATHI (1810-1896).
HIS EXTRAORDINARY BRILLIANCE IN COMPOSING TAMIL SONGS, GOT HIM THE TITLE ‘KAVI KUNJARAM’ (HE WAS LIKE AN ELEPHANT AMONG COMPOSERS-SURPASSING ALL), BY KING GOURI VALLABHA OF SIVAGANGA (TAMILNADU-INDIA) AND APPOINTED HIM AS ASTHANA VIDWAN IN HIS COURT; THE RAJA (KING) OF RAMNAD FOLLOWED SUIT.
HE WAS BORN IN A FAMILY WITH LONG INVOLVEMENT IN MUSIC AND SCHOLARSHIP. GREAT TAMIL POET & COMPOSER OF CARNATIC MUSIC; SCHOLAR IN TAMIL & SANSKRIT; BEGAN TO WRITE POETRY IN HIS TEENS.
‘SKANDA PURANA KIRTANAS’ (1865-1870) ARE HIS GREATEST CONTRIBUTION;
“AZHAGAR KURAVANJI” AND “PERINBA KIRTHANAIGAL” ARE HIS OTHER COMPOSITIONS WHICH ARE POPULAR EVEN TODAY.
THERE ARE TALES OF HIM, CREATING A ‘VENBA’ (POEM) TO PROVOKE RAINFALL IN HIS VILLAGE AND A PRAYER HE COMPOSED TO CURE HIS BUFFALO.
FROM KALPAKAM KRISHNAN

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