Main Feature - Swathi Thirunal
The controversy over Swati Tirunal's position as a vaggeyakara started with S. Balachander claiming to be provoked by some assertions in Semmangudi's biography of the composer published by the National Book Trust. It was soon taken to extremes by Balachander who, in the period before his unfortunate passing away, an irreparable loss to the world of Carnatic music, was asserting that none of the compositions attributed to Swati Tirunal was created by him, that an elaborate conspiracy extending over several years had created what he called the Swati myth, and that, in fact, there never was such a person as Swati Tirunal. In the process, he had harsh things to say not only about those connected with the publication and propagation of Swati Tirunal's compositions in the last 50 or 60 years, but also about such personalities as Subbarama Dikshitar, Chidambara Vadhyar, and Prof. P. Sambamoorthy. The points made by Balachander at different times have been dealt with comprehensively and authoritatively by Brigadier R.B. Nayar (Retired) in his article captioned Balachander's Case Against Swati Tirunal: A Point-By-Point Retort in Sruti (63/64 - December 1989/ January 1990).
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