Monday, 16 January 2017

The memorial without much life inside it

Much has been written on the design and space of the Thyagaraja memorial: the portion of the house where he lived for a greater part of his life in Thiruvaiyaru.

Much remains the same still: a shrine tended to closely only on the days of the Aradhana, the same gallery of visuals of some music maestros and what seem to be a donated collection of music albums.

Devoted artistes and music students come by and sing the saint's songs; some in deep reflection, some      as part of a pilgrimage of sorts.

It is when live music floats in this space that there is some life to it.

We are told that people can visit this place at any time of the year though the door is shut: ask for the keys in the house opposite the memorial. A signboard with this information hangs on the gate here.

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