Near Pudukottai (Tamilnadu) are the Kudumiyanmalai inscriptions dating to around 7th century and could be the first time musical notations were found on inscriptions.

'Nisshanka' meaning 'one without doubts,' is one of the titles given to Sarangadeva, the author of Sangeeta Ratnakara, a treatise on music.

The golden era of Carnatic music comprising of the Trinity of Thyagaraja, Dikshitar and Syama Sastri matched that of their contemporaries where the Western trinity comprised of Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.

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