Chembai Sangeetholsavam 2013 Guruvayur, November : 28 - 2013 to December : 13 - 2013

    Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar was a malayali Carnatic Music singer, from Palakkad, (State of Kerala) known by his village name CHEMBAI. He was born to Anantha Bhagavathar and Parvathi ammal at kottayi in 1896, on Janmashtami day, with Bharani star in the month of Chingam. Chembai was noted for his powerful voice and majestic style of singing. His public performance was in 1904, and he was 9 years. He was a receipient of several titles and honours. He was known for his encouragement of upcoming musicians, and also for his ability to spot new talent. He was responsible for popularizing composition like Rakshamam, Pavana Guru, among others. Some of the prominent Disciples include K. J YESUDAS, T. V GOPLAKRISHNAN, V.V SUBRAMANIAN, P.LEELA. Many Memorial Music festivals are held in his honour annually. Since his death on 16th October 1974, is the most Important being the annually celebrated Chembai Sangeetholsavam. Chembai Music Festival is held annually at GURUVAYUR, ON EKADASI DAY , IN NOVEMBER every year.


    The Narada Puranam, in the chapter GURUPAVANPURA MAHATMYA alludes to this story. King Janamejaya in order to avenge the death of his father King Pareeshit, brought about by the Naga chief Takshaka, performed the ‚ÄúSarapyajna, Snake sacrifice, in which thousand of innocent reptiles perished. As a result of this curse that befell him, he was afflicted with leprosy, which left him in utter despair. Sensing this. Sage Dattatreya appeared before him with a remedy - Propitation of Lord Krishna at Guruvayur.

    The childless couple, Sutepa and Prisna was blessed by lord Narayana to be born as their son, In their first birth, secondly Lord Narayana was born as Vamana to kashyapa and Aditi, in their third birth lord Narayana was born as Krishna to Vasudeva and Devaki.

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