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T.N. Rajarathnam Pillai was a nagaswara wizard, a trailblazer and a legend. Rajarathnam was born in August in 1898 and breathed his last in December 1956 at the relatively young age of 58. He was popularly referred to as TNR. For nearly half a century he strode the world of Carnatic music like a colossus. By arduous and diligent practice over the years, he gained incredible mastery over music and his chosen instrument. His rendition of kriti-s were flawless and the swaraprastara sparkling. He was popularly associated with Todi raga – his name became synonymous with it because of his brilliant exposition and delineation of the raga. Even so, he also played, in equal degree of excellence, many other rakti raga-s. Who can forget his Simhendramadhyamam, Shanmukhapriya, Ramapriya, Vachaspati, Pantuvarali and Kalyani?
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