Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan

Carnatic music has never suffered from a lack of Vaidyanathans. From Kudirai Vaidyanatha to our own Kunnakudi, they came in all varieties and flavours. But if a book on the 100 great Vaithis of Carnati c musi c is ever written, the name of Vayyacheri Vaidyanatha Iyer or Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer to be precise, will claim most of the space. His Boswells in the main were the Tamil Thatha U.Ve. Swaminatha Iyer (who wrote a brief serialised biography h Kalaimagal, later reproduced as part of his Sangeeta Mummanigal) and Pallavi Subbiah Bhagavatar who was a student of Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer for a period of seven years (1876 to 1882).