Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s adopted son, Subbarama Dikshitar named his son also as Muthuswamy Dikshitar, after his father and revered composer. The kid later came to be popularly known as Ambi Dikshitar (1863-1936), in the same lineage.


Ambi predominantly helped propagate his grandfather’s songs during his stay in as court musician in Ettayapuram and later when he migrated to Madras. However, he has also composed a few songs which include:

  • gananathaya in gowlai
  • ganapathi sodaram  in arabhi
  • varasidhi vinayakam in nattai
  • sri venkatesam bhajami in kalyana vasantham

Listen to…

Sri Venkatesam Bhajami in Kalyana Vasantham in the voice of Maharajapuram Santhanam who made this song popular by singing it in many of his concerts. Though I haven’t listened to one in person, I remember the cassette recordings and my dad’s splitting reproduction of this song, as I grew up. The YouTube video title is ambiguous and says Muthuswamy Dikshitar, but sources confirm this is an Ambi Dikshitar composition.



Ambi Dikshitar initiated the music learning of DK Pattamal, S Rajam, Ananthakrishna Iyer, to name a few. He and his disciples made it their life mission to preserve and propagate Muthuswamy Dikshitar kritis in their pristine purity. The Dikshitar lineage was followed by Ambi’s son Baluswami Dikshitar.

References: google images,sreenivasarao’s blog, karnatik

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