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MUTHUSWAMI DIKSHITAR

Muthuswami Dikshitar,  a famous Carnatic musician from Tanjavore, Tamil Nadu was born on March 24, 1774 . His pen name was Guruguha. 

MUTHUSWAMI DIKSHITARMuthu, when he was young spent some of his early years with the great Chidambaranatha Yogi who was the guru of Muthu's father Ramaswami. This saint was a great occultist.

Life at Kasi with him, for Muthuswami was one of study and meditation. For about six years he lived and learned with the yogi, mastering Sanskrit, literature and grammar, philosophy and tantra yoga. They visited many temples. Finally on the eve of his departure, the master told him, to have a bath in the Holy Ganges, before he leaves so that he will be blessed. Accordingly, Dikshitar went to the river and descending a few steps, dipped into the water and a miracle happened. A veena with the words 'Rama' inscribed came to him from the waters.

His musical training was mainly under his father Ramaswami Dikshitar and had become highly proficient in it even in his childhood. He has composed Kriti's in Ragas like 'Brindavani Sarang', 'Hamiu Kalyani' (very similar to Kedar of the north). 

He came to be known as one among the Trinities of Carnatic music. There is a saying in South India that the music of Tyagaraja is like a grape - the moment you put it in your mouth it dissolves and is sweet, that of Shyama Shastry is like a banana. One has to peel the skin to eat it. But the art of Dikshitar is like a coconut: if you want to taste the milk inside you will have to break the hard shell. He passed away in the year 1835.


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