'Sri Thyagarajar', an emotionally-charged musical
, is scripted and directed by T.V. Varadharajen (TVV). Veteran writer VSV assisted by C.V. Chandramohan has penned the dialogue and music is by Bombay Jayashri. The story
is about Saint Thyagaraja's bhakti for Rama.
One of the highlights of the script is a scene where Rama, Sita, Lakshmanan and Hanuman in a disguise come to stay with Thyagaraja. This leads to a lot of emotional situations, the touching moment being the performance of Dolotsavam by Thyagaraja to the idol of Rama.
The director scores again when Thyagaraja sings 'Nidhi Chala Sukhama' with the other actors showing varied expressions. Astute word-play such as 'arasan-aachaaryan', 'sadam-prasadam' and 'bikshai-pitchai' marks the dialogue of veteran VSV.
Bombay Jayashri has aptly chosen the Saint's kritis befitting the situations on the stage. She and other singers such as Sherthalai Ranganatha Sharma, O.S. Arun and Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna must be given due credit for their soul-stirring renditions.
Poet Piraisoodan's 'Jagam Pughazum', sung by young singers, aptly sums up the life of Thyagaraja. The play begins with Rama Nama followed by 'Jagadanandakaraka' and ends with 'Endaro Mahanubhavulu'; appropriate selections indeed.
A brief introduction of the Saint is given by Shobhana Ravi in Tamizh and P. C. Ramakrishna in English. The title cards in the hands of cartoonist Keshav gives a new perspective to Thyagaraja.
'Sri Thyagarajar' is not just an aural and visual treat, but touches the heart too.