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D K Jayaraman

D K Jayaraman was from Kancheepuram and he initially was tutored by his elder sister and one of the greats of carnatic music Smt.D K Pattammal.He also sung with her.When they moved over to Chennai . he developed under great maestros there like Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Iyengar and others.He had a huge stock of Dikshitar compositions and he never disapponted his audience with careful selection of krithis including some rare ones.He was coveted with Sangeetha Kalanidhi in the year 1991.He lived between 1928 and 1991.He was a very shy and a humble man.His music is appreciated even today for the sheer purity it is soaked with.He is one of my favourites.

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Just check out this melodious song "Deva Devam Bhaje" sung by D.K.Jayaraman in the raga Dhanyasi. This particular song explores the raga of Dhanyasi to great depths. The kalpana swaras sung are real gems. DKJ is accompanied by Shri M.S.Gopalakrishnan on the violin and Shri Umayalapuram Sivaraman on the mridanga.

The composition is by Sri Annamacharya who lived between 1408 and 1503 in Tallapakam village of , in the Rajampet mandal of Cuddapah district, in Andhra Pradesh , India. Annamacharya was the very first Vaggeyakara (composer) in Telugu and established a tradition which was later followed by a number of saint composers like Tyagaiah ( Saint Thyagaraja ) and Kshetraiah.

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Here is a Thyagaraja composition set in the lovely raaga of Kannadagowla.The composition is "Sogasujooda tharama".This is sung mellifluosly by DKJ.Again the accompaniments are the same duo of Shri M.S.Gopalakrishnan on the violin and Shri Umayalapuram Sivaraman on the mridanga.

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