Carnatic Music – Walajapet Venkataramana Bagavathar
Walajapet Venkataramana Bagavathar [ 1781 -1874 ] born in Ayyampettai of Tanjore District is one of among the reputed disciple of sain Thyagarajar later got settle in Walajapet Ttaluk of vellore District so as to teach music to the king of karavetti town. He reserved greatly to the world of Carnatic Music by preserving and rendering back the Keerthanas of Thyagarajar.
He has composed “ Shri Guru Sthothrashtakam” and “Shri Guru Mangalashtakam” in praise of his guru Thyagarajar . The Keerthanas of Thyagarajar has reached the public very much through Venkataramana Bagavathar his son Krishnaswamy Bagavathar had from his other disciples, this the legacy of Walajapet was created in the genre of Carnatic Music. To commemorate the fame of Venkataramana Bagavathar a three day music festival is celebrated every year in Ayyampettai.
In praise of his contributions to the world of Carnatic Music the Indian Postal Department honored by releasing a stamp and a first day cover firt Venkataramana Bagavathar in the year 2009.