Through his songs, he shows his true devotion
Semmangudi’s music has a distinct and enthralling charm. Despite his nasal voice, it is his stirring music that draws listeners in. It’s creative, passionate, and fascinating, but it’s also transcendent. ‘When it comes to bringing out the bhava of a kriti, Semmangudi is unsurpassed. He conveys the sahitya’s feeling and emotion with an intensity that bears the stamp of personal faith. That is why, in addition to being brilliant, his music is also devoted and affecting…,’ adds S. V. Seshadri.
In his concerts, he has performed varnams on a few occasions, although he usually starts with a krithi in Mayamlavagowla or a Ganapathi krithi. His signature method involves singing nearby swara’s in rapid succession with vigour. All said, Semmangudi’s repertory was believed to number around 800 songs.