Source: The Hindu; Author: SVK; Photo courtesy: R. Shivaji Rao

Sri Tyagaraja’s extraordinary genius shines in two dimensions — sangita and sahitya. Together they speak of his greatness. In his Rasanubhava concert at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, T.M. Krishna confined himself to the unfathomable quality of sangita, in particular, the way the saint-poet carried the raga beyond the confines of the arohana-avarohana scales. Like the anagata nada, the way Tyagaraja flashed the soul of a raga in the very first phrase in every kirtana, was put across well by Krishna.

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