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|ANNAMALAI REDDIYAR ( 1865 - 1891)|
|Musical Background: As a young boy, Reddiyar could compose in many of the Tamil poetical forms. He then proceeded to Tiruvaduturai Mutt, where he became proficient in Tamil and music.
Region: He was born in Chennikulam, Tirunelveli district, Tamilnadu.
Contribution: He was instrumental in introducing Kavadi Chindu, a folk melody, normally in praise of Lord Muruga. He has also written Verai Talapuranam, Virainavanita Krishnasami Patikam and Gomati Andadi.
Theme: His compositions were mainly devotional, in praise of Lord Muruga.
Language used: Tamil.
Signature: His compositions have the mudra, Annamalai.
Popular Compositions: Bhoomimechidum, Tellutamizhukkudavum etc.
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