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Rallapalli Ananta Krishna Sharma

Music composer

Born: January 23, 1893, Kambadur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Died: March 11, 1979, Bengaluru, Karnaaka, India

Sangita Kalanidhi Rallapalli Ananta Krishna Sharma was a noted composer of carnatic music, a noted singer as well as a writer. He was also a distinguished scholar in several languages like Telugu, Sanskrit, Kannada & Prakrit. He has written books & poetry in all these languages.

Born on 23 January 1893, at Rallapalli village in Kambadur mandal of Anantapur district, he was educated in Sanskrit, Telugu and music by his parents, Karnamadakala Krishnamacharyulu and Alamelu Mangamma.

He studied music from Chikka Rama Rao, Bidaram Krishnappa and Karigiri Rao. Later, in 1911, he married Rukminamma.

Sharma edited nearly 300 compositions and brought out many volumes of compositions between 1951 and 1956. He also wrote the notation for 108 compositions and 87 of them were published in the Andhra Patrika.

In 1972, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowship, the highest honour conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s national academy of music, dance & drama.

Sharma died on 11 March 1979 in Bangalore and was survived by three daughters and two sons. On 23 August 2008, his life-size bronze statue was installed in Tirupati.

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