Madurai Seshagopalan TN, one of the most luminous stars in the firmament of Carnatic Music, has scaled enviable heights in the ladder of recognition. His extraordinary talent, brilliant analytical mind, and committed professionalism are the contributory factors for the remarkable progress in his career graph.
His raga elaborations, marked by flights of imaginations, involved song renderings, enthralling solpha improvisations and superb pallavi presentations, are the high watermarks in his exceptional artistry.
1. Dikshitar's 'Mahaganapathim' (Natai - Chathursa Ekam) propitiates Lord Ganesha, the beloved deity who destroys all obstacles in the devotee's path.
2. Thyagaraja's 'Entha Bhagyamu' (Saranga - Adi), conveys gratitude to the Lord for protecting him.
3. Arunachala Kavi was a meritorious poet whose songs in Tamil are unmatched foe their devotional content. He has sung the whole of the Ramayana epic in the form of krithis. 'Yarendru Raghavanai' (Yadukulakambhoji - Adi) is one song extolling Rama.
4. Purandaradasa, the most renowned of the Haridasas of Karnataka, is to Carnatic music what Valmiki is to Ramayana. He is rightly known as the Father of Carnatic music. His Kannada songs on many deities in the Hindu pantheon are very popular. His 'Neene Doddavano' (Thodi - Adi) is tuned in the 8th melakartha raga.
5. Uthukkadu Venkatasubbaiyer is a composer far excellence, whose songs are enriched by sweet lyrics, solpha syllables and jatis, create an ambience of joy and bhakti. His Tamil song 'Kaneere' (Khamas - Adi) is an aural treat.
6. The saint poets of India such as Meera Bai, Kabirdas, Thukaram, Tulsidas, Surdas, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and others were God realized souls whose extreme devotion to the Almighty was expressed magnificently in their songs. Namadev, a saint of Maharashtra, was a pious religious person who's Abhangs has the quality to pluck instantly a responsive devotional chord.