On pushya bahula panchami, the anniversary of the day that Saint Thyagaraja attained Samadhi, a group singing of the Pancharatna Kritis at Thiruvaiyaru is traditionally observed. Vocalists, instrumentalists and rasikas from all over the world gather at Thiruvaiyaru on the banks of the Kaveri and take part in the Aradhana celebration.
The Thyagaraja Aradhana celebration in the month of March traditionally marks the launch of Sruti’s spring season. This is one of the many Aradhanas that take place in the Indian Diaspora. The members of the Sruti community look forward to the group rendering of Saint Thyagaraja’s Pancharatna Kritis. This is also an opportunity for newcomers in the community to join in with the very committed group of vocalists and instrumentalists who take on this responsibility year after year. The group rendition is followed by individual performances- vocal and instrumental.
To ensure that everyone can sing together, we have provided a recording of the utsava sampradaya kritis and the ghana raga pancharatna kritis. If you would like to join the group in their rendition, please follow along the style of the recording provided here. If you would like to join the group practices please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The videos linked here are in the public domain and provided as a courtesy to the participants.
SRUTI gratefully acknowledges the detailed lyrics, notation and meaning compiled by Dr. P. P. Narayanaswami, presented here.