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The composer Tyāgarāja, who lived from 1767 to 1847, is probably the most honored saintly musician of South India. He was born to a Telugu-speaking Smārta Brahman family living in Tamil Nadu. (Telugu is called the “Italian of the East” because of its vowe…

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Jackson, William J., “Tyāgarāja”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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