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Muthuswamy Dikshitar(1776-1835)

Muthuswami Dikshitar,belonging to the famous Trinity of Karnatic Music was born in Tiruvrur of Tamilnadu. He attained proficiency in Sanskrit,Vedas and playing Veena even in his early life. He wrote his first composition on Guru Guha at Tiruttani. He had a penchant for Sanskrit language and composed his first song in first declension(Vibhakti) followed by Krutis in all the eight Vibhaktis. At Tiruvarur he composed Kamalamba Navavarnas. He also composed Navagraha Krutis in praise of nine planets in scholarly Sanskrit. He has the unique credit of composing in all seven basic Talas. Dance Gurus from Tanjavur learnt intricacies of music from him and they paid tribute to him by composing Navaratnamala. He also authored some Krutis in Manipravalam a mixture of Sanskrit,Tamil and Telugu.

Dikshitar had the opportunity of listening to Western Music at St.George Fort,Madras which made him introduce Violin in Karnatic music. He and his brother Balaswamy used to play duet on Veena and Violin. On the request of Col.Brown the author of Telugu-English Dictionary, he composed a number of songs in Sanskrit with western tunes.(Eg.God Save the King, santatam pahimam, sangita syamale etc.).

Chidambaranatha Yogi their family Guru took him to Kasi where he was very well exposed to spiritualism. Due to his Guru's spirituality Goddess Ganga presented a divine Veena to Dikshitar. He also got familiarised with Hindusthani style of music there. It is evident in his Brundavani Sarang compositions etc. Dikshitar enriched Karnatic music with hundreds of Krutis in praise of several deities at different holy places. Singing his Krutis well, is definitely a challenge to even stalwarts in music.

Dikshitar spent even the last hours of his life engrossing himself in the sublime music. He asked his disciples to sing 'Meenakshi mudam dehi'. He breathed his last while listening to the words 'Meena lochani pasa mochani'.


Dikishitar Krutis

Nava Graha Krutis
  • Soorya : soorya moortE
  • chandra : chandram bhaja
  • angAraka : angAraka
  • budha : budhamASrayAmi
  • bruhaspatE : bruhaspatE
  • Sukra : Sri Sukra
  • Sani : divAkara tanoojam
  • rAhum : smarAmyaham
  • kEtum : mahAsuram
  • Navavarna Krutis
  • kamalAmbike - tODi
  • kamalAmbAm bhajarE - kaLyANi
  • Sri kamalAmbikAyA - SankarAbharaNam
  • kamalAbikAyai - kAmbhOji
  • Sri kamalAmbikAyAha - bhairavi
  • kamalAbikAyA - punnAga varALi
  • Sri kamalAmbikAyAm - Sahana
  • Sri kamalAmbikE - ghanTa
  • Sri kamalAmbA jayati - Ahiri
  • Sri kamalAmbikE SivE - Sree
  • Panchalinga Sthala Krutis
  • Sri kALahasteesa - husEni
  • chintayAmakhanDa -bhairavi
  • aruNAchala nAdham -sAranga
  • jambUpatE -yamuna KaLyANi
  • Ananda naTana - kEdAram
  • Thiruvarur Panchalinga Krutis
  • AnandESvarENa
  • hATakESvara
  • siddhESvarAya
  • Sri valmeeka lingam
  • sadAchalESwaram
  • Tiruttani Krutis
  • Sri nAthAdi guruguhO
  • manasA guruguha
  • Sri guruguha pAlitOsmi
  • guruguhAya bhaktA
  • guruguhAdanya
  • Sri guruguhasya
  • guruguha svAmini
  • Sri guruguha moortE
  • Other Krutis

  • annapoorNE
  • AnandAmruta
  • aruNAchala nAdham
  • abhayAmba jagadamba
  • akhilAndESwari
  • amba neelAyatAkshi
  • ardhanAreeSvaram
  • AnjanEyam
  • akshayalinga
  • AnandanaTana
  • ananta bAlakrishNa
  • abhayAmbikAyAh
  • abhayAmbAm
  • Ananda naTana
  • abhayAmbA
  • agasteeSwaram
  • abhayAmbA nAyaka
  • ambikAyAh
  • AnandESvarENa

  • bAla subrahmaNyam
  • bAlAmbikAyai
  • bAlagOpAlA pAlaya
  • bruhadeeSvarAya
  • bAlAmbikAyAh
  • bAlakrishNam
  • bAlAmbikAyA
  • bAlAmbikE pAhi
  • bhajarE chitta
  • bruhadeeSvaram bhajarE

  • chidambarESvaram
  • chadra SEkharam
  • chintayAmakhanDa
  • chidambara
  • chEtah Sri bAlakrishNam
  • chintayE mahAlinga

  • dharma samvardhini
  • dEvi jagadiswari
  • dakshiNAmoortE
  • daSAvatAra
  • dAkshAyiNi

  • Ehi annapoorNE
  • EkAmrESa nAyikE
  • EkAmrESa nAyakeem
  • Eka dantam
  • EkAmranAdham
  • EkAmranAdhAya

  • gajAnanayutam
  • gaNarAjEna
  • guruguhAdanya
  • gOkarNESvara
  • gauri girirAja
  • girijayA ajayA
  • guru moortE
  • gaureeSAya
  • guruguhAya
  • gOvardhana gireeSam
  • gOvinda rAjAya

  • hiraNmayeem
  • himagiri kumari
  • hErambAya namastE
  • hATakESvara
  • hari hara putram
  • halAsyanAdham

  • jnAna prasoonAmbikE
  • jambUpatE
  • jagadeeSa

  • kamalAmbike
  • kamalAmba samrakshatu
  • kamalAmbAm bhajarE
  • kamalAbikAyai
  • kamalAbikAyA
  • kanja daLAyatAkshi
  • kAdambaree priya
  • kari kalabha
  • kaLavatee kamalAsana
  • kAmAkshi kAmakOTi
  • kAmAksheem kalyANeem
  • kASi viSAlAksheem
  • kailAsanAdhEna
  • kumAra svAminam
  • kASeeviSvESwaram
  • kAmAkshi varalakshmi
  • kAlabhairavam
  • kshitijA ramaNam
  • kailAsanAdhEna
  • kanakAmbari
  • krishNAnanda
  • kailAsanAdham
  • kusumAkara
  • kAmESvarENa

  • lalitAmbikAm
  • lalitA paramESvari
  • lalitAmbikAyai
  • meenAkshi mE mudum
  • mAmava paTTabhi
  • mAmava meenAkshi
  • mahishAsura mardini
  • madhurAmbA jayati
  • mahAlakshmi karuNa
  • manasA guruguha
  • marakata lingam
  • mayuranAdham
  • madhurAmbAyAh
  • mahAgaNapatim
  • mahA gaNapatim
  • mahAdEvEna
  • madhurAmbA
  • mahishAsura mardineem
  • mAtangi
  • marakata valleem
  • mahA tripura sundari
  • maruvakAdi
  • madhurAmbAm bhajarE
  • mArakOTi lAvaNya
  • mAmava raghuveera
  • mangaLAmbAyai
  • mangaLa dEvatayA

  • neerajAkshi
  • neelOtpalAmbikAyAm
  • narasimha
  • neelakanTha
  • neelOtpalAmbikAyai
  • neelakantham
  • neelakanThAya
  • nanda gOpAla
  • neelOtpalAmbikAyAh
  • neelOtpalAmbika
  • neelAchala nAdham
  • nAga gAndhAri
  • nAgalingam
  • neelAngam harim
  • neelOtpalAmbA
  • neelOtpalAmbikAyA
  • neelOtpalAmbikE

  • pancha mAtanga
  • pAhimAm pArvati
  • pannaga Sayana
  • parandhAmavati
  • purahara nandana
  • pAlaya mAm
  • parvata rAjakumAri
  • pAlaya mAm
  • pAhimAm ratnAchala
  • pAlayamAm
  • pAmarajana
  • paramESvara
  • parvatavardhani
  • paradEvata
  • parama SivAtmajam
  • parimaLa ranganAdham
  • pAmarajana
  • pancha mAtanga
  • paradEvatE
  • pAlaya mAm
  • pavanAtmaja
  • paSupateeSwaram
  • pavanAtmajam
  • paradEvatE
  • prasanna venkaTESvaram
  • parASakti
  • praNatArti
  • pannaga Sayana
  • pancha SatpeeTha

  • rAmachandram
  • ramanAdham bhajE
  • rangapura vihAra
  • ranganAyakam
  • rAjagOpAlam
  • rAmachandrasya
  • rAmachandrAya
  • rAmachandrEna
  • rAmachandrAnyam
  • rAmanAdham bhajEham
  • rAmakrishNEna SahAna

  • Sree satyanArayanam
  • Sri saraswati
  • Sri subrahmanyAya
  • Sree vENu gOpAla
  • Sri kamalAmbikAyA
  • Sri kamalAmbikAyAha
  • Sree rAjagOpAla
  • santAna rAmaswAminam
  • Sree bAla subramaNya
  • sundarEswarAya
  • Sree rAmam ravikula
  • santAna gOpAla
  • sArasa daLa nayana
  • SEshAchala
  • Sree madhurApuri
  • Sri kALahasteesa
  • Sri madhurAmbikE
  • Sri kamalAmbikAyAm
  • Sri kamalAmbikE
  • Sri kamalAmbA jayati
  • Sri kamalAmbikE SivE
  • Sri neelOtpala nAyikE
  • Sri mahA gaNapati
  • Sree swAminAdhAya
  • swAminAdha paripAlaya
  • swAminAdhEna
  • sarasijanAbha
  • Sri pArthasAradhi
  • siddhi vinAyakam
  • Sree varalakshmee
  • Sri vaidynAtham
  • Sri gaNanAdham
  • Sri subrahmanyO
  • Sri kAntimatim
  • sOmasundarESvaram
  • Sree venkaTagireeSam
  • subrahmaNyEna
  • sAmba sadAsivAya
  • sarasvatee manOhari
  • Siva kAmESvaram
  • sundarESvaryA
  • sArasadaLa nayana
  • Sri madhurAmbikAyA
  • Sri dum durgE
  • SaravaNabhava
  • Sri guruguhasya
  • Sri meenAkshi
  • Sri pArvateeparamESvarou
  • Sri krishNam bhaja
  • Sri madhurApuri
  • sAranga
  • SaravaNa bhava
  • Sri rAmachandrO
  • sAmba sadASivAya
  • Sri vENugOpAlam
  • Sri madhurApuri
  • Sri meenAmbikAyAh
  • Sri rAja rAjESwari
  • sEnApatE pAlayamAm
  • Siva kAmESwareem
  • Sri sAmbaSivam
  • SivakAmi
  • Sri dakshiNA moortim
  • Sri kAmAkshi mAm
  • sarasvati vidhi
  • sadA vinata
  • Sri ranganAdhAya
  • sarasvatyA
  • sAdhujana chitta
  • Sri bhArgavee
  • Sri mangaLAmbikAm
  • Siva kAmESvareem
  • Sankha chakra
  • siddheeSvarAya
  • Sri mAtah Siva
  • SivakAmESvaram
  • sadA SivamupAsmahE
  • Sri mAtrubhootam
  • Sri valmeeka lingam
  • sandhyA dEveem
  • Sri rAmachandrO
  • saundara rAja
  • Sri lakshmi varAham
  • Sri dakshiNAmoorti
  • Sri gurunA pAlitOsmi
  • Sri moolAdhAra chakra

  • tyAgarAjO virAjitE
  • tyAgarAja pAlaya
  • tripura sundari
  • tripura sundari
  • tyAgarAjam
  • tyAgarAjam bhajarE
  • trilOchana
  • tyAgarAjAya namastE
  • tArakESvara
  • tyAgarAjEna
  • tyAgarAjAdanyam

  • vAtApi gaNapati
  • varadarAja
  • vara lakshmeem
  • vallabha nAyakasya
  • vAmAnka
  • viSvESvarO rakshatu
  • veeNA pustaka
  • viSvanAdhEna rakshitOham
  • vEdAraNyAya
  •