Author: V Raghvan
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172015941
Tyagaraja's stature in Telugu is comparable to Kalidasa's in Sanskrit. The author has condensed an immense mass of relevant material into the manageable proportions of a compact but enlightening memoir.
Tyagaraja (1767-1847) the foremost composer of Karnataka music, sublime singer and Rama-bhakta, is hailed as Sadguru. The extant Tyagaraja canon consists of about six hundred Kirtanas and two musical plays. Graphic descriptions, poetic fancies, apt similes, illustrations and analogies, humor and satire, worldly sayings and wise observations make the corpus of Tyagaraja’s songs veritable gold mine. His songs are widely known and learnt, and Karnataka music recitals are dominated by his creations. All the earlier creative efforts led to Tyagaraja and all that was created after tyagaraja in the immediately following period or in the present century, is after his model. In this respect, Tyagaraja’s stature in Telugu is comparable to Kalidasa’s in Sanskrit.
Foreword by K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar
1.Tyagaraja and the Karnataka Music Tradition