Remembering Saint Thyagaraja On 170th Thyagaraja Aradhana

It is no exaggeration saying that almost all traditional South Indian Brahmin families start their day with Carnatic music that too with Tyagaraya compositions.

We are no exception. From our childhood,we grew in that environment where music is carnatic music and it is part of our life.

Its a way to worship, its a way to live life. Particularly Tyagaraya compositions give a solace, give a hope, give happiness and sometimes meanings to the situations of life. We are indebted to this holy Saint Tyagaraya for his compositions..am sure several other crores of people from several generations are too.

Kakarla Tyagabrahmam (4 May 1767 – 6 January 1847) or Saint Tyagaraja, also known as Tyāgayya in Telugu was one of the greatest composers of Carnatic music or Indian classical music. He was a prolific composer and highly influential in the development of the classical music tradition. Tyagaraja composed thousands of devotional compositions, most in Telugu and in praise of Lord Rama, many of which remain popular today

Tyāgarāja began his musical training under Sonti Venkata Ramanayya, a music scholar, at an early age

Tyagaraja Aradhana is the annual aradhana of saint composer Tyagaraja. Carnatic musicians from all over the world descend and pay homage to the saint. The aradhana is observed on Pushya Bahula Panchami day when the saint attained samadhi. The venue of the festival is near the samadhi of Tyagaraja on the banks of River Cauvery. On Pushya Bahula Panchami day, musicians will sit on either side of the samadhi and render the saint’s Pancharatna kritis in chorus as a mark of homage.Many exponents of Carnatic music come to perform and are watched by thousands of ardent fans of Indian classical music.Every year on Pushya Bahula Panchami day when the saint attained samadhi under the auspices of Sri Thyagabrahma Mahotsava Sabha at the saint’s samadhi at Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu, India.

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