Vadivelu of the Thanjavur Quartet was among the early violin players of south India. Trained by a European Catholic priest in Thanjavur, he propagated the violin in many parts of south India, particularly in the durbar of Maharaja Swāti Tirunal of Travancore, Kerala.

Of the many compositions of the Thanjavur Quartet, the maximum available have been authored by Ponniah. Ponniah has also given many defining ragamalikas and often included the name of the raga in his compositions. He, in fact, wrote parallel compositions in Tamil for many of his songs that have their original versions in Telugu.
- Dr. B.M. Sundaram

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