04 November 2016

TN Tajarathinam Pillai, Thanjavur Balasaraswathi and Veenai Dhanammal 3.12.2010

The musicians portrayed on the tree stamps on the FDC are TN Tajarathinam Pillai, Thanjavur Balasaraswathi and Veenai Dhanammal.
Thiruvaduthurai Thirumarugal Natesapillai Rajarathinam Pillai (27 August 1898 – 12 December 1956) was a Carnatic musician in South India, a Nadaswaram maestro and a vocalist. He was known as TNR.  
Tanjore Balasaraswati, also known as Balasaraswati (13 May 1918 – 9 February 1984), was a celebrated Indian dancer, and her rendering of Bharatanatyam, a classical dance style originated in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, made this style of dancing well known in different parts of India and many parts of the world.
She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1957 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1977, the third and the second highest civilian honours given by the Government of India. In 1981 she was awarded the Sangeetha Kalasikhamani award of The Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai.
Veenai Dhanammal (1867–1938) was a highly accomplished Carnatic musician, and the torchbearer of the school of Carnatic music that goes by her name. She was both a vocalist and a performer on the Saraswati veena. The prefix "Veenai" in her name is an indicator of her exceptional mastery of that instrument.

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