Friday, October 1, 2010

Arunachalakavirayar (1711 - 1779)

'Arunachalakavirayar's famous Rama Nataka Kirtanas are ranked high in music concerts by all vidwans, since they were composed by that pious scholar, who preceded the Bard of Tiruvaiyaru [Thigaraja iyer].
He was born in 1712 AD. and in a life span of 67 years devoted to several scholarly Tamil art forms, his magnum opus was the creation of a mature mind at the age of sixty.
Arunachalakavirayar was the fourth son of Nallathambi Pillai and Valliammal. He was born in Tillaiyadi in Tanjore district. His father was a Jain by birth, but later embraced Saivism. According to family tradition, Arunachala's education began in his fifth year, fifth month, fifth day and he had traditional instruction till twelve, when his father died. Not willing to be a burden on his brothers, Arunachala went to the Dharmapuram mutt to pursue his studies in Tami! granthas and agamas. Incidentally, he improved his knowledge of Sanskrit also.

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