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T. Chowdiah (1895 – 1967) was a violin maestro of Karnatik music. A student of Bidaram Krishnappa, he was renowned both as an accompanist to legendary vocalists, and as a soloist. Chowdiah modified the four-stringed violin, by adding three additional strings. The resulting seven-stringed violin increased its amplification, allowing it to be heard clearly in a pre-microphone era. Chowdiah was guru to many disciples, and founded the Ayyanar College of Music. What is perhaps less known is that Chowdiah was also a music composer, and is said to have composed nearly 50 compositions – mainly krithis and thillanas. In this archive, students will find video recordings of the compositions, as well as the notations, with the vision that more musicians should learn and sing these compositions in the years to come.Through this website you can :

A digital archive of Mysore T. Chowdiah

This website is dedicated to the legacy of violin maestro T. Chowdiah and is a digital archive of his compositions, as well as other information about this legendary musician. This archive is an initiative of Karnatik vocalist Manasi Prasad, whose mother belongs to Chowdiah’s lineage of disciples, and has been developed in collaboration with Shankar Mahadevan Academy, with content curation by the Indian Music Experience Museum. The project has been made possible by grants from the Academy of Music (Chowdiah Memorial Hall) as well as the family of B. R. Ramaprasad.


Archive to Alive

Shankar Mahadevan Academy is striving to bring the works of great artists and their rare compositions to the world through it's project - "Archive to Alive". Often, these gems of creation get lost in time and forgotten. The Archive to Alive project, not only allows a way to archive these great works of art but also provides them to the public to listen and learn thus perpetuating the works generation after generation. Read More>>

Indian Music Experience Museum

The Indian Music Experience (IME) is India’s only interactive music museum. The IME is an initiative of the non-profit Indian Music Experience Trust, supported by the Brigade Group. The vision of the museum is to increase the understanding and appreciation of the diversity of Indian music, from the traditional to the contemporary through exhibits, performances and learning activities. Read More>>

Sharavanabhava- Kuntalavarali

This composition on Lord Shanmukha in Raga Kuntalavarali, describes Him as the one who dwells in Palani, one who is worshipped by the sages and Gods, slayer of demons and the protector of all.

Prasanna parvathi- Bilahari

This is a composition in Raga Bilahari, where T Chowdiah uses beautiful adjectives to describe Goddess Parvati

Nanjundeshwara- Abheri

This composition in Raga Abheri is composed on Lord Nanjundeshwara. In this kriti, the composer requests the Lord to protect him and shower His blessings on him.
Project Sponsors
Academy of Music
Bindiganavile Ramanna & Andalamma family 
Archive to Alive 
Shankar Mahadevan Academy
Website Content
Indian Music Experience Museum
Grateful Thanks 
Family of Mysore T. Chowdiah
Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira
 Mysore V Subramanya