Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana- Festival of Carnatic Music

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By 2017-02-12

Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana, an annual music festival paying homage to the great Carnatic music composer St.Thyagaraja Swamy, will be held on 17 February 17 (Friday) at 5.30 pm at Saraswathie hall, No. 75, Lorenz Road, Colombo 04. The event is organized by the Indian Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo.

Musicians, vocalists as well as instrumentalists and percussionists from all over Sri Lanka including University of Jaffna, Eastern University of Batticaloa, University of Visual and performing Arts, Colombo, Highlands College, Hatton, students of Indian Cultural Centre will come together and render Pancharatna Keerthanas (five songs) of Thyagaraja on this occasion. The choral rendition of the five songs is an integral feature of the Aaradhana. St Thyagaraja Swamy, one among the Trinity of Carnatic Music, composed nearly 700 compositions. All Carnatic musicians consider Thyagaraja as their inspiration, source and touchstone of musical creativity.

Traditionally the commemorative week long music festival "Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana" is held in the months of January and February every year at Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur District in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, in honour of Thyagaraja Swamy. A large number of leading exponents and lovers of Carnatic music converge at his Samadhi on the banks of the river Kaveri in Thanjavur district to pay homage to him.

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