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Annamacharya Jayanti is to be celebrated on May 18 throughout Andhra Pradesh. This is the 610th birth anniversary
celebrations of Annamacharya, who is also known as Annamaiah.
- He was a 15th century- saint (1408-1503) Hindu saint and a famous Carnatic music composer during Vijayangar kingdom
- He was born in Tallapaka, a village in present day Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh.
- Other composers like Purandaradasa (the Grandfather of Carnatic Music) came after him.
- He is said to have composed as many as 32,000 sankeertanas (songs) on the god Venkateswara of which only about 12,000 are
- In his later keertanas, he espouses subjects such as morality, dharma and righteousness.
- He also stood against the Untouchability through his sankeertanas.