V. Srinivasa Renga Chariar



Born in 1930 in Srivilliputtur in Tamil Nadu , Shri V. Srinivasa Renga Chariar Swamigal was trained in the devotional art of Arayer Sevai, performed in the temples of Tamil Nadu, by his father Srivada Pathira Sayee Iyengar Swamigal. His training extended from his childhood up to the early 1950s, when he took over the service at the Sri Andal Temple in Srivilliputtur from his father.
Renowned as an Arayer Sevai performer, Shri Renga Chariar Swamigal served the Sri Andal Temple for over seven decades. He was also invited to perform Arayar Sevai at Divya Desam rituals in temples across the country. Through his devoted practice of the traditional art, he preserved it and carried it forward to a new era. He contributed to seminars on Arayer Sevai and other temple arts in various parts of Tamil Nadu.
For his service to Arayer Sevai, Shri V. Srinivasa Renga Chariar Swamigal was honoured by several traditional institutions. He received the title of Bhagavad Vishaya Vidwan conferred by Sriman Narayana Jeer Swamigal (1978), the Kaingarya Sriman title presented by the Kinjithkaram Trust, Chennai (2009), and the Vaishnava Simham title awarded by the Swamy Nammazhvar Divya Prabanda Academy, Chennai (2013).
Shri V. Srinivasa Renga Chariar Swamigal was to receive in person the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the art of Arayar Sevai. To our deep regret, he passed away on 27 March 2014. The award is bestowed on him posthumously.