Musical homage to Saint Tyagaraja

On the occasion of his 250th birth anniversary

Carnatic musicians gathered in Tiruvarur and Tiruvaiyaru on Wednesday to render kritis of Saint Tyagaraja on the occasion of his 250th birth anniversary and render a musical homage to the divine composer.

In Tiruvarur, the traditional unchavriti was taken out on the street on which the house where Sri Tyagaraja was born was located. Early in the morning, Carnatic musician Bombay Jayashri Ramnath and her disciples rendered several compositions of Saint Tyagaraja at his house.

In addition to Ghana Raga Pancharatnams, the renditions included Utsva Sampradaya Keerthanams and Srirangam Pancharatnams. Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Carnatka Sangeetha Seva Trust had made the arrangements.

Nagaswaram artiste Sheikh Mehboob Subhani, vocalist Sirkali Siva Chidambaram, violinist Kumaresh, vocalists Shanmugha Priya and Haripriya, Magadhi and mandolin performer Rajesh offered musical tributes.At another programme arranged at Sri Tyagarajar Temple here, musicians the compositions of Saint Tyagaraja. The unchavriti that started at the house of Saint Tyagaraja ended at the temple. This was the conclusion of the five-day programme that commenced on April 28.

At Tiruvaiyaru, where Saint Tyagaraja lived and attained Samadhi on the banks of the Cauvery, special abishekam and poojas were performed to the idol of Saint Tyagaraja at the samadhi complex by the gurukkal Sri Tyagaraja Sarma and other devotees. More than 200 students belonging to the Satguru Sangeetha Samajam, Chennai, rendered kritis of Saint Tyagaraja for 12 hours on the trot finishing off with the famous Pancharatnams.

The Hindu – May 4, 2017