Rosaiah inaugurates Thyagaraja Aradhana festival

PTI Thanjavur | Updated on January 27, 2013 Published on January 27, 2013

Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah today inaugurated the 166th annual Aradhana festival of saint-composer Thyagaraja at Thiruvaiyaru on the banks of the Cauvery river, 13 km from here.

Rosaiah said Thyagaraja, a great devotee of Lord Ram, was born to teach human beings the path of salvation through music and ‘Rambhakthi’

He was a practical philosopher who dedicated his entire life to the practice of ‘Nadopasana’, he said.

The governor also praised the efforts of Bangalore Nagarathinam ammal, in bringing Thyagaraja’s ‘krithis’ (compositions) to the notice of the world.

Those who participated in the function included Union Minister G K Vasan, who is also Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Thiagaraja Bramotsava Sabha.

Thyagaraja, one of the greatest composers of Carnatic music or classical South Indian music, was born in 1767 at Thiruvaiyaru. He composed thousands of devotional compositions, most in praise of Lord Ram — many of which remain popular today, particularly the Pancharatna Krithis which are often sung in programmes.

The Thyagaraja Aradhana is a commemorative music festival held every year at Thiruvaiyaru in the months of January to February in his honour. It is a week-long festival of music where various Carnatic musicians from all over the world converge at his resting place.

Published on January 27, 2013
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