Pappu Venugopala Rao
(Excerpted from the Sruti archives)
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Pudukotai Dakshinamurthy Pillai (1875-1937)
Most of us have not heard this yogi of a percussionist play either the mridanga or the khanjira, but all any of us has to do is listen to the rave reviews of his performance— and personality— given by the nonagenarian Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer to understand that this exponent of the Pudukotai style was an exemplary sideman with a magnificent sound that matched his heart. He exerted a tremendous influence on the music of his times.
(Excerpted from the Sruti archives