As a followup to the Tyagaraja aradhana festival at Tiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur several sabhas in Bangalore organized similar festivals. Last Sunday the Devagiri devasthanam (Venkateswara temple) in Banashankari held a Tyagaraja aradhana festival where I had participated. Unfortunately similar aradhana festivals were being organized all over Bangalore (BTM, Whitefield, etc) at the same time making it difficult for Carnatic musicians to participate.
When I showed up at the temple accompanying my guru Smt. Seethalakshmi Venkateshan there was already a good crowd. Some of Bangalore’s well known musicians had also turned up. The "goshti gaanam" spearheaded by Smt.Neela Ramgopal began with well known geetams such as Shree gana naatha, paduma naabha before rendition of the pancharatna kritis of Tyagaraja. The pancharatna kritis Jagadhananda karaka (Nattai), Dudukukala(Gowli), Saadhinchane (Aarabhi), Kanaka ruchi (Varali) and Entharo mahanubhavulu (Sri ragam) were sung with great gusto to an appreciative audience. I had attended a similar aradhana festival a week earlier at the Tyagaraja temple in Vasanthpuram, organized by the family of Anoor Ramakrishna. The festival organizers in both these venues had also organized a lunch for all those present.
My article on Tyagaraja and the Tiruvaiyaru festival was published as a middle in Deccan Herald. Click here to read the article. (URL below)
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