Mayavaram Rajam & Manakkal Rangarajan were mofussal stars in and around Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Trichy areas. Also the other stars were Salem Desikan, Piranmalai S.Vaidyanathan, Sattur Subramaniam, Taayumanavan, Mylaatoor Ramachandran(Mrudangam).
During Pudukkottai Narasimha Jayanthi, rasikas were enjoying an excellent 10 days music festival in April/May every year (humble homage to Poojyasri Gopala Krishna Bhagavatar). All above great artists' concerts used to be liked by one and all. They had their own forts, dedicated to Music. I have heard them many times. They have been real unsung heros of yesteryears. Of them, only Salem Desikan could get some chances in Madras.
All stars are not born to shine.
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