This music event attracts many music lover and music enthusiasts from all across India and from foreign land as well. For a span of 11 days the place becomes an abode for music lovers. In no other place, Carnatic music is loved, experimented and enjoyed more as it is done in Chembai Music Festival. It is a week of celebration and joy of human abilities. Not only does the place serve as a place for renowned and masters of Carnatic music display their art but youth of today, the amateurs too get a platform to perform and get a wide exposure. Hence, Chembai Music Festival becomes a bag of opportunities for many aspiring musicians and a delightful experience for those who come to enjoy the scintillating performances.
Thyagaraja Music Festival is an annual event in Carnatic music festival. Formally this festival is known as Thyagaraja Aradhana, and is held in the month of January and February every year. For the purpose of this festival, big names in the field of Carnatic music arrive in the small village of Tiruvayaru in Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu.
The festival is cherished and loved by thousands of enthusiastic fans of Indian classical music, who turn up for the event every year. This festival is organized in the fond memory of saint Thyagraja. One of the important attractions of this five day music gala festival is the recital of Pancharatna Kritis' by a galaxy of musicians at the samadhi of Thyagaraja. It is with this respect and love for the guru the music fest is organized and celebrated.
Main appeal of Thyagaraja music festival happens to be the group performance by the well-known musicians of the Pancharathna Krithis. To pay homage and honour the works of great saint Thyagraja, what can be a better idea than the performance of Pancharathna Krithis, his five compositions that came to be popularly known as the five gems! Even today Thyagraja is loved and admired for his five gems. He is and will always remain the role model for all who play and practise Carnatic music. The Pancharathna Krithis are: Dudukugala - Raga Gaula, Jagadananda Karaka - Raga Naata, Sadhinchene - Raga Arabhi, Kanakana Ruchira - Raga Varali, Endaro Mahanubhavulu - Raga Sri.
Thyagaraja Music Festival gives opportunity to young upcoming musicians to showcase their talents. Popular, renowned and well-known musicians get an opportunity to interact with their audience through the language of music. Fans also love to see their favourite musician perform on stage. This festival acts as an important platform for aspiring artists and singers. Thyagraja Aradhana is popular not only in India but around the world, in Europe and USA. As this festival is celebrated during the time of Easter, thousand of Carnatic music lover gather to cherish India's rich heritage.