Tyagaraja, also known as Tyagayya, was a renowned composer of Carnatic music in early 19th century. His influence in the development of Carnatic music was prolific. He composed thousands of devotional compositions, most in Telugu and in praise of Lord Rama, many of which remain popular today. Amongst them five of his special compositions called the Pancharatna Kritis are often sung in programs in his honor.
Tyagaraja died on Pushya Bahula Panchami day, 6 January 1847, at the age of 79. In honor of this great saint, Thyagaraja Aradhanotsavas are conducted throughout every year in the month that he died. i.e. Pushya masam
In a pursuit to start this tradition with my students, I am starting an annual program, Swararchana, where my students can pay their respect to the great saint by singing something significant that they have learnt till date. The event will be held on Sunday, 31st January from 4:00 pm to 7:15 pm IST.