A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Chembai :
Issued by India
Issued on Aug 28, 1996
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Watermark : No
Denomination : 100 Paise
Printer : India Security Press
Name : Vaidyanatha Iyer
Born on Sep 1, 1896 at Chembai, Palghat, Palakkad District, Kerala, India
Died on Oct 16, 1974 at Ottapalam, Palghat, Palakkad District, Kerala, India
- Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar was born on 28.08.1896 at Chembai, a village in Palghat in Kerala. This small district is the birthplace of veritable doyens of Karnatic music, the most significant being Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, who was popularly known as ‘Chembai‘.
- At a very early age, ‘Chembai’ literally stormed the music world with his performances in South India. During those performances he was accompanied regularly by the masters, Puthukotta Dakshinamoorthi Pillai (Ganjira), Malaikottai Govindaswami Pillai (Violin) and Kumbakonam Azhakanambi Pillai (Mridangam). He went on to give performances all over the country and his fame spread far and wide.
- His illustrious contemporaries were Sri Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, Palghat Rama Bhagavathar and others.
- Recognition came to him in the form of titles from several music organisations. “Gayana Gandharva”, “Sangeetha Kalanidhi” and “Sangeetha Samrat” are a few such famous titles.