The south Indian state of Tamil Nadu is known for its musical heritage, especially where classical music is concerned. In fact, the state is home to diverse castes and cultures that have ingrained within them the Tamil way of life, especially the language and created diversified music that comes under the single Tamil roof. So, when one speaks of Tamil songs, the entire umbrella shelters the following genre of music:
-Tamil film songs: Like for the rest of the country, even here the regional film industry churns out chart-breaking songs each year. Some of these famous songs are translated into other languages with the same music composition so that more people in the country can enjoy these tracks.
-Tamil Folk Songs: The folk songs are vibrant and vivacious. However, one can enjoy these songs all the more if watching a live performance. In fact, many Tamil artistes are attempting to revive Tamil folklore all over the state.
-Tamil Devotional Songs: These are not just the Hindu devotional songs, but also those that belong to Christianity and Islam. In fact, the Tamil church songs are sung in the Churches across the country, where there is a relatively high density of Tamil migrants.
-Tamil Classical Songs and Music: The classical music of South India is termed as Carnatic Music. The songs rendered in this genre are generally based on the Hindu religion. The three pillars of Tamil
Carnatic music are:
– Muthuswami Deekshithar
Here is a list of the popular Tamil singers of the varied genre:
M. Bala Murali Krishna
Sirkazhi Siva Chidambaram
P.Suseela (Official site)
Uma Ramanan (and A.V. Ramanan)
And the popular Tamil music directors/composers are:
Yuvan Shankar Raja
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