It is no exaggeration saying that almost all traditional South Indian Brahmin families start their day with Carnatic music that too with Tyagaraya compositions.
I am no exception. From my childhood, I am grown in that environment where music is carnatic music and it is part of our life.
Though like other cousins or relatives of mine, I did’nt have training in classical music, I did have a journey with carnatic music.
Its a way to workship, its a way to live life. Particularly Tyagaraya compositions give a solace, give a hope, give happiness and sometimes meanings to the situations of life. I am indebeted to this hoky Saint Tyagaraya for his compositions..am sure several other crores of people from several generations are too.
Some information about Saint Tyagaraya(From Wikipedia and other sites on internet):
Kakarla Tyagabrahmam (4 May 1767 – 6 January 1847) or Saint Tyagaraja, also known as Tyāgayya in Telugu was one of the greatest composers of Carnatic music or Indian classical music. He was a prolific composer and highly influential in the development of the classical music tradition. Tyagaraja composed thousands of devotional compositions, most in Telugu and in praise of Lord Rama, many of which remain popular today
Tyāgarāja began his musical training under Sonti Venkata Ramanayya, a music scholar, at an early age
Tyagaraja Aradhana is the annual aradhana of saint composer Tyagaraja. Carnatic musicians from all over the world descend and pay homage to the saint. The aradhana is observed on Pushya Bahula Panchami day when the saint attained samadhi. The venue of the festival is near the samadhi of Tyagaraja on the banks of River Cauvery. On Pushya Bahula Panchami day, musicians will sit on either side of the samadhi and render the saint’s Pancharatna kritis in chorus as a mark of homage.Many exponents of Carnatic music come to perform and are watched by thousands of ardent fans of Indian classical music.Every year on Pushya Bahula Panchami day when the saint attained samadhi under the auspices of Sri Thyagabrahma Mahotsava Sabha at the saint’s samadhi at Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu, India
In this blog post of mine on the ocassion of 169th Tyagaraya Aradhana, I am sharing some of my all time favorite kritis of Tyagaraja.
- Endaro Mahanubhavulu : Endaro Mahanubhavulu
- Jagadananda karaka : Jagadananda Karaka
- Bantureeti: Bantureeti
- Nagumomu galavani: Nagumomu
- Seetaa KalyaaNa vaibhOgamE: seetaa kalyaaNa vaibhOgamE
- Marugelara O Raghava:Marugelara O Raghava
- Nidhi chala sukhama: nidhi chala sukhama
- Karuna Jaladhe Dasarathe: Karuna Jaladhe Dasarathe
- Manasa Sancharare: Manasa Sancharare
- Dayarani Dayarani: Dayarani Dayarani
And here is a beautiful blog about carnatic music, do check it : http://thyagaraja-vaibhavam.blogspot.in/2009/03/tyagaraja-kritis-alphabetical-list.html
Stay Blessed and have an awesome time listening to these songs :)