Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru

Nature has its Seasons — a time to flower, a time to rain, a time to snow and so on. If there is a time for Music, it is the tamil month of Margazhi. It is said to be the finest month of the year.

• It is the month when Andal's Tiruppavai is recited.
• Sri Krishna in the celestial song of Bhagawat Gita says compare himself to Margazhi: "Among the months, I am Margazhi”
• In Chidambaram Lord Nataraja danced on the day of Tiruvadirai. This day falls in Margazhi.
• Saint Manickavasagar sang Tiruvembavai in Margazhi.
• Devotees go around singing praise of the Lord Hari in the mornings of Margazhi.
• Front yard of houses are decorated with colorful Rangoli.
• Temples reverberate with a variety of Pujas and Festivals.

Add to this the fact that Saint Thyagaraja's Aradhanai is celebrated in this very month every year. If you know and heard of Saint Thyagaraja, you know Tiruvaiyaru, the birth place of Saint Thyagaraja.

He is the greatest among Sahitya Kartas. And his Pancharatna Kirtanais are considered among the finest of sahityams. Naattai, Gaulai, Arabi, Varaali, Sri Ragam are 'ghana ragas' (heavy ragas). Saint Thyagaraja composed five songs in praise of Lord Rama. They are rendered by musicians world over to this day.

Not only vocalists, but instrumentalists also render the song of Saint Thyagaraja whatever may be the origin of the instrument, East or West — Thayagaraja kritis are played on them. Pancha Ratna Kritis find a pride of place in the repertoire of every musician of repute today.

Every year Pancha Ratna Kritis are rendered in Tiruvaiyaru on Thyaga Brahma Aradhanai Day. Musicians and music lovers from all over the world converge at Tiruvaiyaru to render the heavenly music and drown themselves in divine bliss on this Day.

It may not be possible for all of us to go to Tiruvaiyaru. This thought gave birth to the idea of holding a Tiruvaiyaru festival in Chennai itself. Lakshman Sruthi Musicals, Kalalaya USA, Nataka Academy and Rotary Club Of Madras Mount have united to organize this event. With the blessing of the Music Trinity, we wish to hold 'Chennaiyil Tiruvaiyaru', to the great happiness of musicians and rasikas alike.

'Chennaiyil Tiruvaiyaru' will be part of the Music Festival to be held in Kamarajar Arangam, Chennai from 20 to 25 of December, 2008.  On the Inaugural Day, December 20, 2008, Pancha Ratna Kritis will be rendered at 10:30 a.m.

This event provides a forum for established musicians and young talent to exhibit their musical talents.

Led by the renowned musician Padmabhushan P.S. Narayanaswamy, all musicians and music enthusiasts will sing Pancha Ratna Kritis.

Admission to the inaugural session is FREE.

The stage will be the replica of the Thyagaraja Aradhanai Mandapam at Tiruvaiyaru. It can accommodate about 300 artistes. Besides, arrangements have been made to distribute printed version of Pancha Ratna Kritis to the audience, who too can join in the rendering on the inaugural day.

This six day Music Festival will commence at 10:30 a.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. on each day.

Schedule - Dec. 2008




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