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Maharaja Swati Tirunal (1813-1847)

Maharaja Swati Tirunal lived for a short span of 34 years but his versatile contribution to the field of arts is eternal. He was the Raja of Travancore, a great patron of arts and a musicologist par excellence himself.

Swati Tirunal was a prodigy and a prolific composer of innumerable lyircs in many languages like Sanskrit, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Manipravalam. His compositions include Krutis, Varnams, Javalis and Tillanas. He evinced great interest in Bharata Natyam, by encouraging famous pioneers of Bharata natyam in his court. His lilting Tillanas are very popular in dance repertoire. He was also a good exponent of Hindusthani music. The universality of his creative interests in arts left a very precious legacy for posterity. He dedicated his works to Lord Padmanabha the presiding deity at Tiruvanatapuram.

Mudra (identity) : Padmanabha


Swati Tirunal Compositions

navavidha bhakti krutis

  • bhavadeeya kadhA (SravaNam) - bhairavi - Adi
  • tAvaka namAmi (keertanam) - kEdAragowLa - rupaka
  • satatam (smaraNam) - neelAmbari - miSrachApu
  • pankajAksha (padasEvanam)- tODi - rupaka
  • satatam tAvaka (pada sEvanam) - kharaharapriya - Adi
  • ArAdhyAmi (archana) - bilahari - miSrachApu
  • vandE dEva dEva (vandanam) - bEgaDa - rupaka
  • parama purusha(dAsyam) - Ahiri - miSrachApu
  • bhavati vivaSO (Sakhiam) - mukhAri - miSrachApu
  • dEva dEva kalayAmi(Atma nivEdanam) - mAyAmALavagowLa - rupaka

    navarAthri krutis

  • dEvi jagajjanani - SankarAbharaNam - Adi
  • pAhi mAm Sri - kalyANi - Adi
  • dEvi pAvanE - sAvEri - Adi
  • bhArati mAmava - tODi - Adi
  • janani mAmava - bhairavi - Adi
  • saraseeruhAsana jAyE - pantuvarALi - Adi
  • janani pAhi - Suddha sAvEri - miSra chApu
  • pAhi janani - nATakuranji - misra chApu
  • pAhi parvata nandini - Arabhi - Adi

    Other krutis

  • bhAvayE Sri gOpAlam
  • bhOgeendra SAyinam
  • bhAvayAmi raghu rAmam
  • pAhi jagajjanani
  • mAmava sadA
  • gOpAlaka
  • krupayA pAlaya
  • dEva dEva kalayAmi
  • pannagEndra Sayana
  • sArasAksha pari pAlaya
  • Sankara Srigiri
  • dEva dEva jagadeeSwara
  • sEvE Sri kAntam
  • sArasA lOchana
  • pari pAhi gaNAdhipa
  • paripAlaya mAm
  • Sri ramaNa vibhO
  • smara janaka
  • paripAlaya saraseeruha
  • dEva dEva mAm
  • pArvatee nAyaka
  • chaliyE kunjan mO
  • mAmava sadA varadE
  • pankaja lOchana
  • parama purusha
  • pAhi Sri patE
  • rAma rAma guNaseema