M. D. Ramanathan became a disciple of Tiger Varadachari at Kalakshetra. Madras. He has composed over 300 kritis in Tamil,Telugu and Sanskrit. ‘Tyagaraja Gurum’(Kedaram) and ‘Sagara shayana’ (Bageshri) are some of his popular compositions. He used the mudra ‘Varadadasa’ as respect for his guru.