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

Narayanatheerthar (17 century)

He was a sage who lived in the Thanjavoor district of Tamil Nadu. He was an expert in music and Bharatanatyam. He established a temple at Varahoor and lived there.His Salagrama and other materials for the worship are still kept there. He was a bhakta of Lord Krishna. His poem Krishnaleela Tharangini is very popular. It is important as a musical piece as well as a piece of literature. It is a combination of slokas or verses, keertanans, prose, dramatic dialogues etc. 36 different ragas are used in this composition. This book is considered as a classic for studying raga and rasa or mood. He has many disciples and through them his songs got transmitted to all parts of South India and his compositions are still very popular.

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