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Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam dies at the age of 83

Dr.Abdul Kalam, India's 11th President, died on Monday (27th July, 2015) evening at Shillong, Meghalaya, India. He was a technology visionary. His other interests were poetry and music. He wrote a book of poems called 'My Journey'. He favourite poets in tamil were Subramania Bharatiar and Bharatidasan.

A connoisseur of Carnatic classical music, he used to play the veena. He loved Smt. M.S. Subbulakshmi's music and had written a tamil poetry to pay homage to her ( . He had attended many of her concerts. He once mentioned in an interview that his favorite Carnatic raga is shri. He liked Saint Tyagaraja's kritis and his favourite composition is 'Endaro Mahanubhavulu' in the Shri raga. The composition was rendered by Sri Tyagaraja in the court of the King of Tanjore and means 'In this gathering, whoever is great in front of God, I salute them'. Sri Tyagaraja's strength of conviction and courage in not saying 'I salute the King' was admired by Abdul Kalam. 

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