The life of Swathi Thirunal was an offering in music to God. A rare renaissance personality, Swathi Thirunal was a king among musicians and musician among kings. His musical compositions and his life were a mutual translation of his devotion to LordPadmanabha, the presiding deity of the Travancore Royal House....
Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma
was a progressive ruler who lived ahead of his times and was committed to the welfare of the people. Being an able administrator his far sighted reforms were responsible for introducing modern medicine, English education and a humane judicial system in Kerala....


Composers and Musicians

Gopalakrishna Bharathi (1810-1896)

Bharathi was born in 1810 at Mudikondan village in the Thanjavoor district in Tamil Nadu. His father Sivarama Bharathi was a veena exponent. From early childhood he studied music, Sanskrit and Tamil. He also got trained in Hidustani music under Ramdas. He has wriiten musicals and keerthanans. His musical Nanthanar Charitram is
the most well known. He was devotee of Lord Siva . He has composed many songs praising the Lord in Tamil. He has incorporated tunes of folk tunes into his compositions. He was a social reformer too. He did not believe in caste or class differences. He distributed a huge portion of his earnings to charity institutions. In 1896 on the day of Mahasivrathri he died.


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