3.PORTRAIT OF THYAGARAJA
In the portrait, Thyagaraja is seated without a tambura, holding a jebamala.
- It conjures up the faction-ridden days of the festival at Thiruvaiyaru
- Saint Tyagaraja was a renowned composer of Carnatic music.
- He has composed thousands of devotional compositions, mostly in Telugu in the praise of Lord Rama, many of which remain popular today.
- He saw the reigns of four kings of Maratha dynasty — Tulaja II (1763-1787), Amarasimha (1787-1798), Serfoji II (1798-1832) and Sivaji II (1832-1855), but he served none of them.
ABOUT THE PORTRAIT:
- In the portrait, Thyagaraja is seated without a tambura.
- Instead, he holds a jebamala.
- Every year, this portrait would be taken from Tiruveezhimizhalai to Thiruvaiyaru to be carried in the procession as part of the Aradhna conducted by Periya Katchi.
- This faction was led by Narasimha Bhagavathar, the elder brother of the Thillaisthanam lineage of Thyagaraja’s disciples.
- The portrait was actually in the possession of violin maestro Malaikkottai Govindaswamy Pillai, one of the key leaders of the Periya Katchi.
- He handed it over to Subramania Pillai in 1931 before his death.
SOURCE: THE HINDU