The Concept of Thyagaraja Ramayanam is the brain child of Harikatha Legend Brahmasri T.S.Balakrishna Sastrigal. Sathguru Thyagaraja, a divine gem among the Carnatic Music Trinities did not author Ramayanam to be termed as Thyagaraja Ramayanam. But Brahmasri TSB Sastrigal, who soaked himself in the Ocean of Saint Thyagaraja's Kritis, formatted Thyagaraja Ramayanam through in depth analysis and passionate interpretation of these inimitable compositions. The vivid placement of each of Thyagaraja's Kritis at fittingly appropriate and mostly unexpected turn of events in the Epic Ramayanam lifted audience senses to a new horizon. Such soul stirring effects were sensed by His Holiness Jagathguru Kanchi Kamakoti Paramacharyal. Periyavar invited Brahmasri TSB Sastrigal and made him give a glimpse of Thyagaraja Ramayanam before his enthralling presence. Shower of His blessings on the concept and the conceiver left its indelible imprints and could be traced even today - LIVE.
This two MP3 CDs pack is a memorable retrieval from the archives of Brahmasri TSB Sastrigal's 11 days long discourse at Mumbai several decades ago with the melodious co-singing of his brother Sri.T.S.Vallesan.
A True Treasure to be heard, enlivened and preserved.
On Brahmasri T S Balakrishna Sastrigal (1919-2003)
Born in Thiruvidaimaruthur, near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, he began performing at the age of 23 and held sway over Harikatha Kalakshebam for over 6 decades. A former senior executive of State Bank of India, his very name was synonymous with this traditional art of story-telling.
With an amazing and unmatched command over the Vedas, Puranas, Sastras, classical music and a score of languages, he held the audience spell-bound with his flair, fervour, felicity of expression and a resonant voice. Among the countless titles and honors that were conferred on him, the title "Harikatha Rathnakara" bestowed on him by both the Paramachariyals of Kamakoti and Sringeri peetams simultaneously at Asthika Samaj, Chennai in the year 1966 stands out. Sangeetha Nataka Academy, Delhi honored him in1993. Music Academy, Chennai conferred on him the Sangeetha Kala Acharya Award in 1997.Tamil Nadu Government bestowed on him the Kalaimaamani title in 1972.