Thyagaraja Music Festival kicks off on April 28

The great saint Thyagaraja was an inspired composer and is one of the Trinity of Carnatic music.
Thyagaraja was born in 1767 in Tiruvarur, a small town in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu in India. Thyagaraja’s life and works are a source of great inspiration to young poets and musicians. Young artistes believe that they will be blessed with a melodious voice if they anoint the shrine with honey and sing Thyagaraja’s songs at his memorial.
Thyagaraja’s contributions to Carnatic Music, the classical music of South India, are immense. His life and kirtanas are the heritage of Indian culture expressed in classical Carnatic music. This heritage can be described as the eternal verities of divinity. His songs are frozen melodies intuited in the inspired depths of a saintly soul.
Saint Thyagaraja had composed several Kritis in various ragaas. His music is a treasure and an undivided property. It belongs to all musicians and music lovers. His compositions are monuments to music.
The Pancharatna Kritis are the most representative of Saint Thyagaraja’s art as a composer. His contributions have had a unique impact on carnatic music, its style, evolution and development.
Sri Thyagaraja has found a special place in the hearts of many music lovers, appreciators of fine arts and worshippers of God through music. The greatness of Sri Thyagaraja lies in the fact that his songs, like himself had a simplicity about them that added and complemented its rhythmic and melodious qualities.
His innumerable compositions paved the way for the development of carnatic music in South India and have educated generations successively and traditionally in music in South India.
To pay homage to Thyagaraja, the Kalabhavan School of Music & Arts, the franchisee of Kochin Kalabhavan, will be celebrating the Thyagaraja Music Festival on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Al Maasa Hall, Ruwi.
It will be graced by the presence of MV Suresh, president of the National Pharmaceutical Industries Co. SAOG.
Kalabhavan has been conducting Thyagaraja Music Festival in Oman for the past 10 years. Kalabhavan’s vocal and carnatic instrument students from Al Ghoubra, Al Hail and Ruwi branches will be participating in the programme. The event, which is scheduled to start at 6 pm, is open to all the music lovers.