Author: William J Jackson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195632222
Tyagaraja (1767-1847) is undoubtedly South India's most celebrated singer-saint. This books attempts to deepen our understanding of Tyagaraja's life and music with fresh insights. It explores Tyagaraja's philosophy of music and provides excellent English translations of a hundred and sixty of his greatest lyrics.
For the first time in Tyagaraja scholarship, the saint's life and works have been contextualized in a socio-historical framework. The author provides an exhaustive sociological analysis of Tyagaraja's Thanjavur and establishes links between Tyagaraja's works and the troubled history of his time. He analyses the making of saints in different religions and draws parallels between legends of saints built over decades.
'... a well-researched biography ... he has succeeded (in the translations) in bringing out the lyricism of Tyagaraja's language.' - Financial Express
'... a valuable and insightful contribution to the corpus of Tyagaraja.' - Illustrated Weekly