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Authorities planning to honour the saint-composer

Musical tribute: The proposed site for the memorial to saint-composer Thyagaraja at Kakarla in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. — Photo: Kommuri Srinivas
Musical tribute: The proposed site for the memorial to saint-composer Thyagaraja at Kakarla in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. — Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

Saint-composer Thyagaraja has long been cherished the world over for his rich composition of songs in praise of Lord Rama, including the famous Pancharatna kritis, but not enough has been done in his native place.

To make amends, the Prakasam district administration is now planning to construct a befitting ‘mandiram' at Kakarla village to perpetuate the memory of Thyagayya, one among the trinity of Carnatic music along with Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri.

An inter-departmental meeting was held over the weekend by District Revenue Officer Meka Ravindra Babu at the instance of district Collector Kantilal Dande to give final shape to the mandiram.

“Similar to the music festival at Thiruvayuru in Tamil Nadu, we are planning to hold Thyagaraja Aradhanotsavam at Cumbum and Kakarla in Prakasam district coinciding with his birth anniversary in May,” G. Venkataswamy, the man behind the temple project with the support of the government, music lovers and philanthropists, told The Hindu .

“We will bring renowned Carnatic musicians to Kakarla and pay musical tribute to Thyagabrahmam by singing the Pancharatna kritis, the five compositions which are considered five gems,” he added.

The district administration is determined to do its best to preserve the district's rich cultural heritage, said district Public Relations Officer R. Narayana.

The Endowments Assistant Commissioner has been asked to prepare detailed estimates for the mandiram in five acres of land. A botanical garden will be developed there for music lovers to pursue their hobby in a serene atmosphere, he added.


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