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Thyagaraja Music Festival  The Thyagaraja Music Festival or the Thyagaraja Aradhana is held annually in the month of January/February to pay a musical homage to Saint Thyagaraja (b.1767 or 1759), the the most celebrated saint-composer of South India whose life and works are a source of great inspiration to Carnatic musicians. This five-day festival is organised by the Sri Thyagabrahma Mahotsava Sabha at the town of Tiruvaiyaru, about 16 km from the famous Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu, where Thyagaraja spent his whole lifetime and also attained Samadhi. Several renowned Indian musicians give scintillating performances during the festival, which include the group performance of the 'Pancharathna Krithis'.

The 'Pancharathna Krithis' are the five major compositions of Thyagaraja in praise of Lord Rama, which are regarded as his five gems even till date. The Pancharathna Krithis are: Jagadananda Karaka (Raga Naata), Dudukugala (Raga Gaula), Sadhinchene (Raga Arabhi), Kanakana Ruchira (Raga Varali) and Endaro Mahanubhavulu (Raga Sri). The 165th Thyagaraja Aradhana festival was organised in January 2012.

Another Thyagaraja Aradhana is being organised since 1981 by the Tyagaraja Aradhana Trust in Kozhikode in Kerala. Thyagaraja Aradhana is also organised in several parts of the world. The Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival is being organised for more than 35 years at Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and is one of the largest Indian classical music festival outside of India. A Thyagaraja Aradhana is also organised in the cities of Montreal and Toronto in Canada.



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