Hundreds of musicians paid their homage to saint composer Sri Tyagaraja by rendering his pancharathna kritis in chorus at the 167th aradhana of the saint at the saint's samadhi at Thiruvaiyaru on Tuesday.

The singing started with the mellifluent playing of flutes and went on for an hour from nine a.m. to 10 a.m. till the musicians completed the five kritis.

It was a feast to eyes and ears as the musicians young and old sat in front of the samadhi and sang "Jagadaa nanda kaaraga, Jaya Jaanaki PraaNa Nayaga", "Dudukoo gala nanne dOra", "Saadhinchine O manasaa", “Kana Kana Ruchira" and "Endaro mahaanubaavulu". Rendering of pachanarathna kritis in chorus takes place every year on Pushya Bagula Panchami day when the saint attained samadhi.

Prominent musicians who participated in the singing include Sudha Raghunathan, Mahathi, O.S.Arun, Mandolin Srinivas, Rajesh, Haridwara Mangalam A.K. Palanivel, Srimushnam Raja Rao, T.K. Parameswaran and several others.

Aaarthi was performed to the idol of Tyagaraja at the samadhi at the end. Tyagaraja's idol was taken in procession on Tuesday evening.

T.S. Sridhar, State Commissioner for Revenue Administration, N. Subbaiyan, District Collector, G. Rangaswamy Moopanar, President of the Sri Thyagabrahma Mahotsava Sabha which organised the aradhana, attended the aradhana.

Born in 1767 in Thiruvarur, Thyagaraja moved to Thiruvaiyaru and lived there. He rendered hundreds of Kritis in praise of Lord Rama and also on various Gods and Goddesses like Panchanatheeswarar and Dharmasamvardhini of Thiruvaiyaru. Rama Bhakthi and Nadhopasana were the two cardinal features of the music of saint Tyagaraja. He attained samadhi in the year 1847.

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