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

Maha Vydyanatha Iyer (1844-1893)

He was born in 1844 at Vayyacheri near Thanjavoor , Tamil nadu. His father Panchanada Iyer was a singer. He studied music, Sanskrit and Tamil from early age. He started giving concerts from the age ten along with his brother Ramaswamy.He had a wonderful voice and people used to praise him as the musician with a divine voice. He could beautifully render rare as well as major ragas. He has contributed many excellent compositions to Carnatic music ; among them the compositions in Janaranjini, sankarabharana and Kamboji are considered as the most perfect. He is believed to have created a 72 Melaragamalika in just seven days. He was a very popular musician in South India and has performed in all the major centers in the south. He followed a very simple life style and used to render songs for all those who wished to listen to him.

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