Carnatic music being not the family heirloom of isolated families, but rooted in the community spawned a lot of talent , largely people who could participate in group singing, and of equal importance, several generations of composers, all in all in and around the cultural centre of s South India - Tanjaavur (Anglicized as Tanjore)
Rulers and landed aristocracy vied with each other in their patronage of composers and musicians and the cyclical patronage of royal Courts at Vijayanagar, Tanjore, Trivandrum , Pudukottai, Mysore , Ettayapuram, etc. In Preface
The Tanjore country is celebrated all over the world for its charities. It is called Dharma Raj- and I consider this reputation, which reverts upon me through all countries from this appellation as the most honourable distinction of my rank.