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169th Thyagarajar Aradhana Festival at Thiruvayyaru in Tanjore


Chola Impressions pays tribute to ‪Thyagarajar‬, one of the greatest Carnatic music composers of all time!

Today the 169th Thyagaraja Aradhana music Festival was celebrated in Thiruvayyaru in Tanjore district. Today was the day during which the famous Pancha Rathna Keerthana was performed by various eminent Carnatic singers from across the world

‪‎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.

Tyagaraja was the greatest among the music composers of South India and one of the musical prodigies of all time. He was the father of modern Karnataka music and his works are of delicate spirituality, full of melodic beauty and in the highest artistic sense. As a child he came to the limelight for his predilection for music and a gift for composing. He wrote his first song when he was hardly 13. Soon he reached the loftiest pinnacle of musical fame and composed the grandest songs ever written and two music plays of unparalleled beauty

Go through some of the pics from the past & present. MS Subbulakshmi & other eminent Carnatic singers could be spotted in the pics



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