Palghat Anantharama Bhagavatar
was a noted exponent of Carnatic vocal music
who lived between (1867-1919). He was a native of Palakkad
and was known for his powerful voice and individual style in singing.
Palakkad Shri Anantharama Bhagavathar Palakkad Shri Anantharama Bhagavathar (1867-1919)
Palakkad Town in Kerala enjoys an enviable position in the world of Carnatic music. The credit for putting this little town on the map goes to “GAYAKA SHIKHAMANI PALAKKAD ANANTARAMA BHAGAVATAR”, who for about 22 years, reigned as the king of Carnatic Music , enthralling , music lovers all over the south and enjoying the coveted patronage of the Durbars of the three princely states of Mysore, Travancore and Cochin,
Among the many stalwart’s musicians of the latter half of the 19th century and the turn of the 20th century, Palakkad Sri Anantharama Bhagavathar was a unique personality.Tall, Fair complexioned, and with a fiery moustache he left an indelible impression on all those who saw and heard him. His senior contemporaries were Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer, Pattnam Subramanya Iyer, Pallavi Seshayya, Ramanad Srinivasa Iyengar, Tiruvotriyur Thyagyayya , Veena Seshanna, Dhanammal and Bhidaram Krishnappa were his other contemporaries to name a few.
Anantharama Bhagavatar’s life is the success story of an exceptional musician backed by perseverance and grit. Born in 1867 in Thondikulam Agraharam in Palakkad town, as the second son of Krishna Sastrigal, a great Sanskrit scholar, young... Read More