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Legend Muthuswami Dikshitar, one of the musical trinity of carnatic music..

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For the ears of members who have a taste on carnatic music...

I would like to share this article on legend Muthuswami Dikshitar who is one of the musical trinity of carnatic music, whose kritis are a fine blend of devotion and philosophy and filed with musical values and lyrical beauty.

In these turbulent times, we must learn the value of arts from an 18th century Tamil musical legend

Muthuswami Dikshitar created crossover music, before the term was coined.


This is the age of contradictions. On one hand, we celebrate cultural crossovers, new art and music, and multinational collaborations, and on the other, we mutedly live through Brexit and hate crimes such as the killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas last week. It is at times like these that art should be more relevant than ever – to allow for freedom of creative expression and to give a voice to people and their frustrations. Alas, it is also the time when funding to the arts has been slashed to all-time lows.

But let’s remember that the greatest artistic creations mankind has seen were during similar periods in history. But for the Napoleonic siege of Europe, we would not have had Beethoven’s passionate symphonies. The Russian occupation of Poland fuelled Chopin to take the piano to heights that have still not been scaled. Visual and literary arts too have countless such examples.

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Muthuswamy Dixitar's nottuswarams were appreciated by British people and mostly all of them are in Sankarabharanam. Dixitar has never asked for anything in his compositions. He has described deity and the temple so well that if we know the language, we can see the deity in our mind. His compositions are mantrapoorvam. So sahityas are important.
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