ON first of May on the occasion of Sri Tallapaka Annamacarya’s 608th birthday a devotional musical program was held at Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple in Burbank. Many talented local singers and musicians took part in the arahana. The devotional musical program finished with Maha Prasadam.

 Taḷḷapāka Annamācārya (or Annamayya) (22 May 1408 – 14 February 1503) was a 15th-century Hindu saint and is the earliest known Indian musician to compose songs called sankirtanas in praise of the god Venkateswara, a form of Vishnu. The musical form of the keertana songs that he composed, which are still popular among Carnatic music concert artists, have strongly influenced the structure of Carnatic music compositions. Annamacharya is remembered for his saintly life, and is honored as a great devotee of Vishnu by devotees and saintly singers

He is believed to have been the avatar of Nandaka, the sword of Vishnu. He is widely regarded as the Andhra Pada kavitā Pitāmaha (Godfather of Telugu song-writing).

Annamacharya was born on Vaishakha Shuddha Pournami in the year Sarwadhari (22 May 1408) in Tallapaka, a village in current day Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, India. He was born into a nandavarika Brahmin family. He later became a Sri Vaishnavite saint, initiated by Venkatesha. His wife, Timmakka, had written Subhadra Kalyanam, and is considered the first female poet in Telugu literature. Their son, Pedda Tirumalacharya, and grandson, Tallapaka Chinnayya, were also composers and poets. The Tallapaka compositions are considered to have dominated and influenced the structure of Carnatic music compositions. Annamacharya lived for 94 years until Phalguna Bahula Dvadashi (12th day after full moon) in the year Dhundhubhi (February 14, 1503).


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