I’m not sure if everyone will accept my choice of composer with F – I am going to write about my Father, Sri S. Devanathan.
Appa is mostly a self – learnt musician, through concerts and cassettes. There were times when his rendition of songs would be exactly like Maharajapuram Santhanam, his maanaseega guru. He has taken formal training from OS Thyagarajan and TN Seshagopalan, in the later years.
Appa has written over 70 plus songs in Tamizh, most of them on specific gods and goddesses as and when he visits the temple. He started using the mudhra Devan in his later songs.
My first memory of Appa composing was when we had been to Namakkal temples and that night after we were back home, Appa had written a song on Namakkal Narasimhar in Desh, .
Some interesting works of Appa that I write off memory now are:
- Navagrahangalai naam in ragamalika (one graham in one raga)
- Soolam endhi nirkum soolini in Deva Manohari, on Dharmapuri Kottai Kovil Goddess Soolini
- Kodai nagar kumara in Lathangi, on Vallakottai Murugar
- Ennalilum unnai ninaindhu, a varnam in Varamu
- Thillana in Karnaranjani on Lord Dhanvantri
- Anjanayin pudhalvane in Durga on Lord Hanuman
- Rathadanam seivadhu in Mohanam, a song about blood donation
- En manam endrum nin vasantha, 2 ragamalika in Vasantha and Kalyana vasantham
- Raga arimugam, a 30 raga song about the ragas (he set this to tune, while his friend Suryanarayanan wrote it)
Listen to… Appa sing a song written on Muthuswamy Dikshitar and rendered by himself in raga Reethigowla.