Mysore Sadashiva Rao(1800-1870) was one of the most important composers and followers of musical traditions of Sri Tyagaraja. A prominent vocalist of the Mysore court, he can be credited as the pioneer of Mysore Bani.
Sadashiva Rao was born to Ganesha Rao and Krishna Bai at Girampet near Chittoor in North Arcot. They were Marathi Smartha Deshasthas. He had his musical training under Venkataramana Bhagavatar, a pupil of Thyagaraja. Two of his patrons, brought him to Mysore and introduced him to Sri Krishnaraja Wadayar III, the Mysore king at the time. Impressed by his singing, he was made a court musician.
Sadashiva Rao was also a great teacher. His disciples like Veena Sheshanna and Veena Subbanna later became legendary musicians. Sadashiva Rao has composed mostly in Telugu. He went on a pilgrimage of south India and composed krithi-s at all the temples he visited. He also composed a krithi for Thyagaraja and sung it when he visited Walajapet.
Genre Carnatic: Krithi
Languages used: Telugu, Sanskrit
Devadideva – Mayamalavagaula – Adi
Gangadhara Tripuraharana – Purvikalyani – Misra Chapu
Paramabhuta Maina – Khamas – Adi
Sita Lakshmana Sametha- Kambhoji – Jhampa
Sri Kamakotipeetha – Saveri – Adi