Tamil Nadu, the southern most tip of India is a popular tourist destination. It is well known for the beautiful golden palm fringed beaches, the refreshing hills resorts and many beautiful temples and magnificent architecture.
Festivals, art and culture are significant tenets which describe the state. Cuisine is another major aspect of Tamil Nadu culture. The specialities of the region are idli, vada, pongal and uppama.
A land of culture, music, art and architecture, Thiruvariyar in the Tanjavur district of Tamil Nadu is the birth place of the famous singer poet, Thyagaraja. The Thyagaraja Carnatic Music Festival, Thiruvariyar is a major music festival that is held here every year. This beautiful land is also popular for the beautiful handicrafts and the other forms of art.
The history of Carnatic music dates back to around 15th century. Vocal music finds special emphasis in Carnatic music. The two main elements of Carnatic music are raga and tal.
The Thyagaraja Carnatic Music Festival, Thiruvariyar attracts musicians and instrumentalists from all across the country. Legendary singers and musicians of Indian Classical music take part in this gathering and showcase brilliance and extraordinary talent. Music lovers and tourists visit Thiruvariyar during this time of the year to witness one of the most enchanting and enthralling experiences of a lifetime.
Conducted on the Pushya Bahula Panchami to pay homage to Saint Thyagaraja, the music festival is also organized in other parts of the world. The songs sung as part of the homage are the Pancharatna Kritis or the Five Gems of Carnatic music.
Time to celebrate
The Thyagaraja Carnatic Music Festival, Thiruvariyar is held in January every year. A major attraction in Thiruvariyar, the Carnatic music festival attracts large groups of music lovers from all across the country.