TAMIL NADU

Musicians pay homage to saint Thyagaraja

mellifluous harmony:Musicians rendering the ‘Pancharatna Kritis’ of saint composer Thyagaraja at his samadhi on the banks of the Cauvery during the 166th aradhana at Thiruvaiyaru on Thursday. — Photo:B.Velankanni Raj.

mellifluous harmony:Musicians rendering the ‘Pancharatna Kritis’ of saint composer Thyagaraja at his samadhi on the banks of the Cauvery during the 166th aradhana at Thiruvaiyaru on Thursday. — Photo:B.Velankanni Raj.  

Render the ‘Pancharatna Kritis’ in chorus

Hundreds of musicians paid homage to saint composer Sri Thyagaraja by singing his ‘Pancharatna Kritis’ in chorus on the occasion of the 166th aradhana of Thyagraja at the saint's samadhi on the banks of Cauvery at Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur district on Thursday.

Aradhana is organised by the Thyagabrahma Mahotsava Sabha on Pushya Bagula Panchami day, when the saint attained samadhi every year.

Sitting in front of the samadhi on either side, musicians sang Kritis “jagadananda karaka”, “dudukugala nanne”, “sadhincene O manasa”, “kana kanar rucira” and “endaro mahanubavu” for an hour and paid homage to the saint.

It was a beautiful assemblage of musicians, devotees and people at the samadhi and the singing was marked by devotion, religious fervour and respect for the sathguru Thyagaraja.

The singing started with a mellifluent flute recital by Sithoor Venkatesa and Prabancham Balachandran and others. An hour-long nadaswaram recital preceded flute recital.

Those who paid homage include Sudha Raghunathan, O. S. Arun, Mahathi and Haridwaramangalam A. K. Palanivel. Aarthi was performed to the idol of Thyagaraja at the samadhi the end of the singing.

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