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Concert marks Legendary Carnatic Music exponent Saint Tyagaraja’s 170th Death Anniversary

Born in Thiruvarur in the Thanjavur Maratha Kingdom, Kakarla Tyagabrahmam, (May 4, 1767-January 6, 1847), was one of the greatest and most prolific composers of Carnatic music

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Mumbai, Jan 19, 2017: Around 100 musicians playing veenas, gatams, mrudangams, violins and other instruments, besides singers, rendered the ‘Panchratna Kritis’ (Five Gems), composed by the legendary Carnatic music exponent Saint Tyagaraja to mark his 170th death anniversary here.

Born in Thiruvarur in the Thanjavur Maratha Kingdom, Kakarla Tyagabrahmam, (May 4, 1767-January 6, 1847), was one of the greatest and most prolific composers of Carnatic music, including the noteworthy Panchratna Kritis and was later revered as Saint Tyagaraja.

The music concert on late Tuesday saw over 2,000 Carnatic music lovers gathered in the Shanmukhananda Hall swaying and singing to the tunes of the great music giant in Ragas like Sri, Nattai, Gowlai, Arabji, Varali.

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The occasion, which coincided with the beginning of the 250th birth anniversary year celebrations of Saint Tyagaraja, saw the unveiling of a lifesize 650-kg copper and brass statue of the musical genius at the venue, said a spokesperson K. A. Viswanathan.

Incidentally, the day is marked with thanksgiving to Saint Tyagaraja, Carnatic musicians from all over the world unite to sing the Panchratna Kritis as a tribute.

The five gems in praise of Lord Rama – the first which he composed at the age of 13 – are: Jagadananda Karaka, Duduku Gala, Sadhinchane, Kanakana Ruchira and Endaro Mahanubhavulu, set in Adi Talam, with each Raga representing the mood of the songs and meaning of its lyrics.

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On ‘Bahula Panchami’, the day when he attained Samadhi, singers and musicians from over congregate at Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu on the banks of River Cauvery for the annual ‘Aradhana Festival’.

Considered an avatar of Saint Valmiki, Saint Tyagaraja’s compositions are rich in devotional and philosophical content with superior structure, superb handling of the Ragalakshanas and apt choice of Ragas and lyrics. (IANS)

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Gaana Launches Instant App for Music Lovers for Those Who Want to Experience App without Downloading It

It's heartening to be the first music app in the world to host an instant app experience

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Android users can now simply click on the try now button on Gaana's Playstore page to enjoy a native app experience, the company said in a statement. Pixabay

Music streaming app Gaana, in partnership with Google Playstore, launched an instant app for music lovers on Monday for those who want to experience the app without downloading it.

Android users can now simply click on the try now button on Gaana’s Playstore page to enjoy a native app experience, the company said in a statement.

“It’s heartening to be the first music app in the world to host an instant app experience. This launch is a part of our company-wide focus on product innovation that introduces a wider section of the country’s online population to music streaming, and it’s already reaping rewards,” Prashan Agarwal, CEO Gaana said.

“We have registered a five per cent surge in app installs per day as more people are realising the convenience of being able to listen to their favourite songs anytime anywhere even before they download our app.

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Music streaming app Gaana, in partnership with Google Playstore, launched an instant app for music lovers on Monday for those who want to experience the app without downloading it. Pixabay

“Our team is working on many more first-of-its-kind products that would help us invite an entire generation of first-time users into the world of music streaming,” he added.

The new instant app aims to offer users a taste of all major functionalities of the main app like browsing for songs/playlists, trending music, search on entire 45 million libraries and listening to songs.

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The 2.5 MB size of the instant app is just 15 per cent of the main app and makes it the perfect option for those using entry-level smartphones with limited internet availability. (IANS)