Introduction to Sanskrit Krithis

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Introduction to Sanskrit Krithis

By

P.R.Ramachander

The Carnatic music is the Indian classical music of the South Indian states. In the initial stages the Sanskrit Sthothras were sung in the classical music Raga. Slowly compositions to suit the Raga were being written. The first voluminous contribution to this end was by Sage Purandara Dasa in Kannada. He too wrote a few Krithius in Sanskrit. There was a great contribution of Tamil lyrics immediately afterwards . The next great contribution towards this was by the musical trinity of Thiruvayaru. Of the trinity while Thygaraja mostly wrote in Telugu, Muthu Swami Deekshithar and Shyama Shasrigal wrote mainly in Sanskrit. After this all these languages became popular for writing lyrics.