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Andavan Picchai

PLACE OF BIRTH - Mylapore, Chennai
PERIOD - 1899 September 6    -   1990 November 19
MUDRA - -
NO.OF COMPOSITIONS LISTED IN OUR WEBSITE - 87
TOTAL NO.OF COMOSITIONS (APPROX) - 73
NO.OF COMPOSITIONS LISTED IN OUR WEBSITE WITH LYRICS - 26
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A contemporary composer, she had no formal education but was able to compose in Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit. It is said that her talents were suddenly given to her by the Lord. Her compositions include padams, compositions and writings on Madurai, "He kamakshi" in yadukula kambhOji, as well as other kritis. Descendents of Andavan Pitchai include Preeti Vinayak Shah, her granddaughter, a Bharatanatyam artist and Carnatic vocalist. It is said that her vision of Lord Muruga was the impetus behind her compositions. One of the well known songs for all us 'Ullam Urugudhayaa' was composed by you but got lot popular after TMS sang that song. She is also an ambal upasaki. She has composed a Tamil version of Soundarya Lahari. It is believed that she composed a poem on ambal while she was delivering her child! It seems that this great soul has been born with a special devotion and a blessing from divinity from childhood. Once when Mahaperiyava was visiting her place, everyone in her street were standing outside with poorna kumbam etc. Her parents were also one among them. When Periyava approached and told her father, 'Go and call the girl who is washing the dishes inside' She is not an ordinary girl' She is Aandavan Pichai'. After she came out Periyava accepted the poorna kumbam and blessed her. This incident was narrated by one of the people who were there at that time In her last days, she went to rishikesh and attained siddhi.