image.jpegTyagaraja’s Thanjavur & Thiruvaiyaru, a Tour

Tyagaraja! The Tone Poet of Humanity as Dr V Raghavan wrote of him! Where would our music be without this wondrous personality who was born 250 years ago? In a life span that was just short of eighty, Tyagaraja left behind for us to enjoy 600 and more songs and two operas. These are not just prayers to his beloved Rama and other deities but observations of human life that will be relevant even 1000 years hence.

Tyagaraja lived all his life in Thiruvaiyaru. This village therefore holds within it several vestiges of his time. Many are rapidly vanishing and some are happily for us, still standing. Just 13 km before Thiruvaiyaru is Thanjavur, the cradle of classical music and dance, whose fostering of the arts over centuries ensured that an atmosphere existed in which Tyagaraja, and his illustrious contemporaries, Syama Sastry and Muttuswami Dikshitar could practice their art.

Come and join historian Sriram V on a journey to Thanjavur and Thiruvaiyaru from September 2 to 4, 2016. We will be accompanied by Carnatic singer Ashwath Narayanan who will regale us with some of the great compositions of Tyagaraja during the tour.

We leave by luxury coach and stay for two nights at Ideal River Resorts, Thanjavur.



Departure on Sept 2 at 6.00 am

Return on Sept 4 at 7.00 pm

We return by the evening of the 4th to Chennai.

Charges per person: Rs 16,500 inclusive of travel, stay and food. Rooms are charged on twin sharing basis.

Cancellation charges: 50% will be deducted in case of cancellation two weeks before tour. There will be no refund post that.

Payment Options:

1. You can pay by bank transfer to the following account and then send an email with details to

Account Name: Past Forward
Account Type: Current
Bank Name: The Federal Bank Ltd
A/c No. 12820200104237
Branch: Royapettah

2. You can drop off a cheque in the name of Past Forward at the following address:

c/o HVK Systems,
2&3, Bhattad Tower,
30, Westcott Road,
Royapettah, Chennai 600014