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

Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar

Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar was born on September 1896 at Chembai village, Palakkad, Kerala. A great grandson of Chakratana Subba Aiyar, who was a contemporary of the musical trinity, and son of Chembai Anantha Bhagavatar, young Vaidyanathan had inborn talent for music. Chembai alongwith his brother Subramaniam learnt music from his father Anantha Bagavathar. Chembai's father Anantha Bagavathar was a talented vocalist & violinist. The Chembai brothers had their first concert in 1905 at a temple festival in a town called Ottapalam in Palakkad. One of the landmarks in the early career of the brothers was their concerts at the temple festivals in Vaikom and Guruvayur.
Chembai's first concert in Madras was in 1918 at the Triplicane Sangeeta Sabha. Chembai's concert career took a further upswing after this concert and he gave several performances all over the south. Chembai's career as vocalist spanned over 70 years, starting in 1904. Perhaps, the longest for any musician of the South. With his rich vibrant voice and a ringing tone, Chembai's music had a direct appeal to his listeners.
A few of the honours bestowed on Chembai are 'Padma Bhushan' bestowed by the President of India, theSangeet Natak Akademi award, Gyana Gandharva, Sangeeta Samrat, Sangeetha Kalanidhi, etc. Among his famous disciples is K.J. Yesudas.

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