|Galaxy of Composers|
|Tanjavur Sankara Iyer|
The son of Venkatesa Iyer and Kuppammal, he had his training in music
under his musician-grandfather, Krishna Iyer for ten years. Later he
joined the Ramanathan College of Music, Annamalai University and
got the Sangeeta Bhushanam diploma. At the college, he had the benefit of training under
stalwarts like Tiger Varadachari and Sattur Krishna Iyengar. He was
the Principal of Tamil Isai College, Devakottai and a professor at
College of Carnatic Music, Madras and Shanmukhananda Sabha Music
He was born at Toga Malai in Tiruchirapalli district, Tamilnadu.
Sankara Iyer's compositions, though not very large in number,
reflect a simple style, replete with the essence of music. No wonder
that they appeal both to the layman and the connoisseur! He has composed various musical forms like
varnams, kritis, padams, javalis etc. Many
of his compositions are extremely popular both among musicians and
dancers. Ramanama (Desh)
was his first and inscribed his name in the list of memorable composers.
Languages used: Sanskrit, Telugu and Tamil.
Popular compositions: Ranjanimala (Ragamalika), Ramanama (Desh), Manadirkuhandadu (Sindhubhairavi), Muruga (Harikambhoji) etc.