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His compositions reveal absolute command over Sanskrit and Tamil, with flowing ideas executed to perfection. He has used a range of musical forms beginning from jatiswaras to kritis to slokas to kavadi chindus. He was also perhaps the first to use madhyamakala sahitya prolifically. In short, his compositions have all the ingredients that puts him among the greatest of composers Ė soul-filling melody, command over rhythm and emotion-laden lyrics. They are also very popular among dancers. His famous works include Rudra Sabdam, Nandana Geeta, Kalinga Nartana Prabhavam, Rajagopala Nrityotsavam and Sri Krishna Ganam with a part that exclusively contain kritis, which is known as Rasa padam.
Signature: Except for a few kritis like Sankari srirajarajeswari (the eighth Navavarana in Madhyamavati), in which the words Venkata Kavi appear, his compositions donít seem to have a mudra.
Languages used: Tamil and Sanskrit.
Theme: The theme he has adopted is basically devotional. He has composed on a variety of deities beginning from Lord Ganesha to you-name-it. But his favourite deity seems to be Krishna, on whom he has composed several songs.
Popular Compositions: Asaindaadum Mayilonru (Simhendramadhyamam), Alaipayude (Kanada), Taye Yasoda (Todi) and Kuzhaloodi manamellam (Kambhoji) etc are extremely popular.
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