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....



Kannayya Bhagavathar

Kannayya Bhagavatar was a direct disciple of the greatest composer in karnatic music, saint Tyagaraja. When exactly be came to Trivandrum is not known but presumably it was Vadivelu who was instrumental in bringing him to Trivandrum. Vadivelu used to sing before the Maharaja not only the majestic songs of his master Dikshitar, but also the sparkling pieces of Tyagaraja to whom he was greatly devoted. The interest thus roused in Swathi Thirunal in the compositions of Tyagaraja resulted in the entertainment in royal service of Kannayya Bhagavathar.

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