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Bhadrachala Ramadasu

Kancharla Gopanna (c. 1620 – 1680), popularly known as Bhakta Ramadasu or Bhadrachala Ramadasu , was a 17th-century Indian devotee of Lord Rama and a composer of Carnatic music. He is a famous Vaggeyakara (classical composer) from the Telugu classical era. His contemporaries include the stalwarts of Telugu literature such as Tallapaka Annamayya, Tyagaraja, Kshetrayya and Shyama Sastri. He lived in the village of Nelakondapalli, near the town of Bhadrachalam, in Muslim-ruled Telugu country during the 16th century and is renowned for constructing a famous temple for Lord Sri Rama at Bhadrachalam. His devotional lyrics to Rama are famous in South Indian classical music as Ramadasu Keerthanalu. Even the doyen of South Indian classical music Swami Thyagaraja learned his musical compositions. He also wrote Dasarathi Satakam Dasaradhi Karunaapayonidhi , a collection of nearly 108 poems dedicated to the son of Dasaratha (Lord Rama). Carnatic compositions Ramadasu composed nearly 300 songs. Some of them are as follows: Ramachandraya Janaka Rajaaja Manohara in Kurinji Tarakamantramu in Dhanyasi Ye Teeruga Nanu in Nadanamakriya Adigo Bhadradri in Varali Anta Ramamayam in Darbari Kannada Charanamulae Nammidhi in Kapi Rama Ra Ra in Kamas Dasharatha Rama Govindha in Kamas O Rama ni namamu in Poorvi Kalyani Paluke bangara mayena in Ananda Bhairavi