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This musical month of May commemorates Sri Annamacharya or Annamayya's birth apart from several great musicians and dancers in a calendar by the Giri Trading Agency:
(a) May 2: Thyagaraja jayanthi
(b) May 5: K. P. Kittappa Pillai - vocalist & nattuvanar; son of KP Ponniah Pillai, a member of the Tanjore Quartet.
(c) May 12 - Sheikh Chinna Moulana Sahib - nadhaswaram Virtuoso of the highest order & Sangeetha Kalanidhi
(d) May 13 - Smt T Balasaraswati - Bharatanatyam danceuse who was conferred with the Padma Vibhushan, the 2nd highest civilian award.
(e) May 19 - Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar - the singer that instituted the kutcheri concert format that we know of today. (f) May 20 - M. D. Ramanathan - unique singer, closest disciple of Tiger Varadachariar & Professor at Kalakshetra.
(g) May 22 - Annamacharya - 15th century saint who sang praises of the deity, Venkateshwara.
(h) May 22 - C.V. Chandrasekhar - Bharatanatyam dancer distinguished with the Padma Bhushan, the 3rd highest civilian award. (i) May 27 - RR Keshavamurthy - the only master of the 7-stringed violin in the 21st century.
(j) May 28 - Mysore Vasudevachar - Padma Bhushan awardee who belonged to the direct line of Thyagaraja's disciples.
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