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Pandanallur C. Subbaraya Pillai December 7, 1914 - May 12, 2008

Pandanallur C. Subbaraya Pillai (December 7, 1914 - May 12, 2008) to Chokkalingam Pillai and Sengammal in the village of Pandanallur, which is in the Tanjavur district.

Subbaraya Pillai, together with his father Chokkalingam Pillai (1893-1968), and his grandfather Minakshisundaram Pillai (1869-1954) are the creators and repository of the Pandanallur style of Bharathanatyam.

These three Gurus had a direct access to the Tanjore Quartet compositions as part of their family heritage. Minakshisundaram Pillai inherited this knowledge from a relative on his mother's side called Kumarasamy nattuvanar, who in turn was trained by one of the descendants of the Tanjore Quartet.

Subbaraya Pillai spent his childhood and adolescence as an apprentice nattuvanar training in the home and school of his grandfather Minakshisundaram Pillai.

Later, he came with his father, Chokkalingam Pillai, to Madras and jointly taught with him at a school at Egmore in Madras. After his fatherís death, he continued to teach at a school in Kilpauk. In his eighties, he retired from his teaching at the school but continued teaching at his home.

His wifeís name is Rukmini Ammal and he has three sons and two daughters. He has trained two of his granddaughters, G. Vasumathy and G. Vanitha, as dancers and nattuvanars. His chief patron was the Zamindar of Periakulam, Mrs. Haripriya Ramabhadran.

 

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