Annamacharya was one of the earliest composers to use the kriti format in 3 sections of pallavi, anupallavi and charanam.

The great music scholar Varadayya went from place to place, visiting temples. Hence he came to be called Kshetrayya or Kshetragna (1600-1680). He is supposed to have composed 4100 padams in several rare ragas.

Bangalore Nagarathnamma and other devadasis formed the Association of the Devadasis of Madras Presidency on Nov 3, 1927.

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