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Tattuvarayar was a poet saint in the late 14th century to early 15th century era. He was a disciple and a follower of Svarupananda Desikar, a noted Tamil
scholar who composed an anthology on the Advaita philosophy, known as Sivaprakasap - Perundirattu, which comprises of 2824 verses. Tattuvarayar was a well known Advaita philosopher and an ascetic scholar who also wrote a shorter anthology of poetry based on the Advaita philosophy known as Kurundirattu, which contains around 1400 verses, about half the number of verses of Sivaprakasap - Perundirattu, composed by his teacher Svarupananda Desikar. Tattuvarayar's Kurundirattu was composed during the same time period as Svarupananda Desikar's Sivaprakasap - Perundirattu.
Tattuvarayar is also well renowned for his numerous devotional hymns, songs and verses. Some of the most popular among them are Nanavinodan Kalambakam, Annavadaipparani Mohavadaip- Parani and Paduturai. Othere than these he also worked on the composition of Pallippattu and Tiruppavai which were inspired by the forms of Tamil folk songs. Further more, Tattuvarayar also wrote several works of Tiruppalliyelucci
songs and verses.
Some of the Tiruppalliyelucci works composed by the Advaita philosopher include Corupananta Cuvamikal Tiruppalliyelucci, Civappirakaca Cuvamikal Tiruppalliyelucci, Tattuvappirakaca Nayanar Tiruppalliyelucci and Arul Tiruppalliyelucci. These works of Tiruppalliyelucci hymns are similar in content, form and rhythm to the other works that were composed by the hymnodists. Moreover, each of the Tiruppalliyelucci works composed by Tattuvarayar contains 10 verses.
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