Born on the 4th of May 1767 to Rama
Brahman & Sitamma, he is known for his soul stirring compositions full
of Raga Bhava. He inherited his musical talents from his maternal grandfather,
veena Kalahasthi Ayyar. He was a born composer. He learnt music under Sonti
Venkataramanna. By his thirteenth year he had scribbled some of his compostitions
on the walls of his house. His compositions are known for their beautiful
swara sangathis & are apt for kalpana swaras & niraval.
Thyagaraja is known for his bhakthi
towards Sri Rama & it is this bhakthi aspect that stands highlighted
in his compositions. They are a popular choice for concerts. Thyagaraja
had a number of disciples who have presrved & prpogated his compositions.
His Pancharatna kirthanaigal are being sung by musicians even today uniformly,
as a group, on hid death anniversary at his Samadhi. Thyagaraja has composed
three operas Nauka Charithram, Prahalada Baktha Vijayam & Sitarama
Vijayam. His mudra is Thyagaraja.