Tyagaraja, in his Kaluguna Pada (Purna Lalita), reveals his intensely
devotional enquiry with Sri anjaneya, the foremost devotee of Sri Rama.
'Having entrusted everything to you, Rama takes His ablutions,offers neivedya
to Sri Ranganatha and partakes the prasada served by Sita by her own hands
while you recite sattvika puranas. You drink deep this Brahmananda
regularly. Will I be fortunate to be ever blessed with such service?'
This is a passionate salutation to Sri Anjaneya. Sri Rama is seen taking food and Sita serving it. Service-concious Anjaneya reads from cadjan leaves. (An elegant portayal of the ancient concept that food is to be taken in an enviornment of bhakti.
From the 7th century upto the 12th century AD, we have a lot of musical compositions in Tamil by the Saiva & the Vaishnava saints. Sambandar, Naavukkarasar, Sundarar, the twelve Alwars, Manickavasagar, Arunagirinadhar, Ramalinga Adigalar, Marimuthu Pillai, Muthu Thandavar, Arunachala Kavi, Oothukkadu Venkatasubbaiar, Mazhavai Subbarama Bhagavathar, Subramania Bharathi, Papanasam Sivan, Periasamy Thooran, Namakkal Ramalingam Pillai, Bharathi Dasan have all rendered beautiful compositions that could very well enrich the musical concerts.
It is a really sorry state of affair that these compositions are very rarely sung by our musicians in their concerts. From the 16th century onwards TamilNadu was under the rule of Nayaks, Marathas, Muslims & the British whose mother tongue is other than Tamil. Naturally, there was no patronage either of the Govt. or the public. Somehow the Telugu kirthanas of Thiagarajar, one of the musical trinity of Thiruvarur have become very familiar with musicians (whether they understood the meaning or not) & naturally no efforts were taken either by the musicians or the public in rendering/listening the Tamil compositions.
Aggrieved at this state of affairs, Dr. Raja Sir. Annamalai Chettiar came forward to popularise Tamil compositions in all music concerts & put them back to the pristine glory. The Tamil Isai Sangam, Chennai was founded in 1943. A majestic building in the heart of the city was built to house the Sangam. The Tamil Isai Sangam celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1967 & Golden Jubilee in 1992.
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Isai Perarignar awards
|3.Kumbakonam K.Rajamanickam Pillai||1957|
|4. P.S.Veerusamy Pillai||1959|
|5. Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar||1960|
|6. Vazhuvur B.RamaiyaPillai||1961|
|7. Madurai Mani Iyer||1962|
|8.Musiri Subramania Iyer||1963|
|9.Chitoor Subramania Pillai||1964|
|10. Papanasam Sivan||1965|
|12. Kribananda Vaariyar||1967|
|13.Paalakadu T.S.Mani Iyer||1968|
|14.Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer||1969|
|22.Thiruveezhimizhalai S.Natarajasundaram pillai||1977|
|42. Thiruvizha R.Jeyashankar||1997|
|44. Kancheepuram R.Vinayaga Mudaliar||1999|
|46. Kancheepuram M.N.Vengadavaradhan||2001|
|50. Thiruvidaimarudur P.S.V.Raja||2005|
|51. Bombay Sisters||2006|
|52. Saidai Natarjan
|53. Chembaranaarkoil Vaidyanathan||2008|
|54. Aruna Sayeeram