The life of Swathi Thirunal was an offering in music to God. A rare renaissance personality, Swathi Thirunal was a king among musicians and musician among kings. His musical compositions and his life were a mutual translation of his devotion to LordPadmanabha, the presiding deity of the Travancore Royal House....
Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma
was a progressive ruler who lived ahead of his times and was committed to the welfare of the people. Being an able administrator his far sighted reforms were responsible for introducing modern medicine, English education and a humane judicial system in Kerala....


Composers and Musicians

Arunachalakavirayar (1711-1778)

He was born in Thillaigudi village in Thanjavoor district of Tamil Nadu. His father was Nalla Thampi Pillai. He had his education in Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu. He studied the Ramayana, Thirukural and the Vedas and Shastras in-depth. He has written plays and keerthanans. His Ramanatakam is well known. It was written in simple language and became very popular with the masses. In 1771 it was staged at the Sriranga temple and it received much acclaim.

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