Manakkal Rangarajan

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Manakkal Rangarajan (13 September 1922 - 26 February 2019) [1] was a Carnatic music singer who hailed from the village of Manakkal in Trichy District. His father was the late Santhana Krishna Bhagavathar. He had been singing for more than six decades and was performing even past his 80th year. He died on 26/2/2019 due to old age of 96.[2]

Performing Style

He was a specialist in brigas, rare ragas and pallavis.[2] He had performed all over India and abroad and had been accompanied by vidwans like Mysore T. Chowdiah, Kumbakonam Rajamanickam Pillai, Palghat Mani Iyer, Nagercoil Ganesa iyer and Palani Subramaniam Pillai.[2]

Rangarajan had performed at Saint Tyagaraja music festival at Thiruvaiyaru for the past sixty years without a gap.[2] He is the only musician who has sung in AIR Chennai since its inception without repeating a single song. Rangarajan had the distinction of giving rare pallavi demonstrations at the Madras Music Academy using both hands for Thalam, comprising different Nadais.[2]

Titles & Awards


  1. "Vocalist Manakkal Rangarajan dead". The Hindu. 27 February 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Manakkal Rangarajan