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Violin in Carnatic Music

Ramaswami Dikshitar, (the father of Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar) observed the various western instruments being played, when they were staying at Manali, near Chennai and was particularly fascinated by the violin. He spoke to Sri Muthu Krishna mudaliar (who was their host and who was working with the east india company). He engaged an Englishman, Col. Brown to teach the violin to Baluswami  Dikshitar, Ramaswami Dikshitar's youngest son. Baluswam Dikshitar attained proficiency on the instrument and with the help of his father and eldest brother Muthuswami Dikshitar, adapted the violin to Carnatic music. The Carnatic music world owes it to Baluswami Dikshitar and later Vadivelu, the youngest of the Tanjore Quartet and a disciple of Muthuswami Dikshitar, for introducing and adapting the violin to South Indian music.



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