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

T.V. Gopalakrishnan

The great Mridangam maestro, T.V.G., as he is popularly known, was born in Tripunithura , Ernakulam,Kerala. TVG enjoys a rich musical heritage. For over 200 year, his forbears adorned the court of Cochin Royalty. His father Shri. T.G. Viswanatha Bhagavathar was a great exponent of music and from him TVG learnt the complexities of the inimitable music. His Uncle Shri Narayanaswmy Iyer taught him Mridangam. TVG ,at the of six, gave his maiden concert before the last viceroy of India, Lord Linlithgow. Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar was his guru. TVG has worked hard to bring Carnatic Classical Music and Hindustani music to Europe, United states and other Western countries for nearly two decades by participation in festivals, concerts and workshop cum lecture demonstrations. TVG brought young artistes to the world of music .They include Ilayaraja, Kadri Gopalnath, T.V.Vaasan, Vidyabhushana, Rajkumar Bharathi, Bhupinder Singh, Sankaran Nambudiri, V.Suresh, Devi, Rajasekhar, Pavan, Madhu Balakrishnan, A.K.Devi, Seigfried Kutterer, Andre Fertier, Herbert Lang, and many others .Amidst his multifarious activities include performing, teaching, organising festivals to propogate Indian cultural heritage. Prof.TVG is also the associate Professor for Music in Birla Institute of Technology (Bits) Pilani. He is intensely engaged in the Practice of Nada Yoga and doing extensive research in the areas of voice culture, frequency analysis in the realm of music therapy.

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