Saint Thyagaraja, recognised as one of the founding fathers of modern Carnatic music, is an extra ordinary personality born to teach humanity, the path of salvation through music and Literary compositions said S. Iqbal Singh, Lt.Governor of Puduchery at Thiruvaiyaru near here on Saturday.

Inaugurating the 163rd annual aradhana of saint composer Sri Thyagaraja at the saint’s samadhi on the banks of Cauvery, Dr.Singh said that saint Thyagaraja regarded music as a way to experience the love of God, rather than display of mastery of skills. His literary expressions showcase the philosophical truth, spiritual emotion, and represent the true value of Literature, Singh said.

His innumerable compositions considered a sacred literature, defined the development of Carnatic music in South India and have also educated successive generations of music.

The significant aspect of our cultural heritage is that divinity resides in music. “Music is the language of the soul . Music not only unites man to man but to God. No part of the world, east or west, can deny the divinity of music. The language of Music is universal and timeless” Singh said.

The Lt.Governor said that he was an ardent devotee of music for quite sometime now. He is the patron of 125 year old institution “Harballabh Sangeeth Maha Sabha”, which is an organisation that is committed to promote classical music.

Mr.Singh released a book “Anjali” written by Janaki Subrmanyam, on Bangalore Nagarathnamma, a devotee of Thyagaraja and who built the samadhi and organised the aradhana festival. G.K.Vasan, Union minister for shipping and trustee of Sri Thyagabrahma Sabha and others received the copies. M.S.Shanmugham, Thanjavur district collector, G.Rangaswamy Moopanar, President of Sri Thyagabrahma Mahotsava sabha, Haridwaramangalam A.K.Palanivel, secretary of the sabha paricipated in the function.

Vocal by Aruna Sairam followed the inauguration.