Swathi Sangeetholsavam

Behold the compositions of a King. Lend your ears to the regal melody of Sri. Swathi Thirunal, the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore composed in the early decades of the 19th century. In January the grand pillars of the Kuthiramalika Palace in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram resonate with the magical compositions sung at the   Swathi Sangeetholsavam or Swathi Music Festival, a grand musical fiesta organized every year to pay tribute to Sri. Swathi Thirunal, who has composed many brilliant pieces of music which still fascinate music lovers. 

A patron of music and a musician himself, Sri. Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, set a new course and direction to the musical tradition of Kerala. This great connoisseur and composer has to his credit more than 400 compositions in Carnatic music as well as Hindustani music.

Held in the Kuthiramalika Palace, adjoining the famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram Swathi Sangeetholsavam includes musical performances in the Hindustani and Carnatic styles.  The concerts unite those who love classical music and those who have expertise in it.

Entry to this music festival, attended by eminent musicians from around the country, is free.