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

Palakkad K.V. Narayana Swamy

Kollengode Viswanatha Narayanaswamy,popularly known as KVN was born on 15 November 1923, in Palghat, Kerala. He was born in a family of musicians.His father Fiddle Viswanatha Bhagavatar was a violinist of repute; his grand father Narayana Bhagavatar and his great grandfather Viswam Bhagavatar were also musicians.
KVN’s first guru was the great mridangam vidwan Palghat Mani Iyer. KVN had further training, first under Palghat C.S.Krishna Iyer, a highly competent vocalist who was in Palghat, and then under violinist Papa Venkataramiah. Later KVN entered gurukulavasam in Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar's care from 1942 and remained an ardent disciple till the death of Ariyakudi in 1967.
KVN's concert career has spanned over 40 years. KVN is responsible for making Swathi Thirunal compositions especially the padams popular among Carnatic music lovers.
KVN joined the Music College in Madras as a lecturer in 1962 and retired as Professor of Music in 1982.The President of India's 'Padma Sri' award was conferred on KVN in 1976. He had traveled wide and his music was appreciated where ever he performed.

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