Festival of Sacred Music, Thiruvaiyaru (2017)


The Festival of Sacred Music (FOSM), a 3-day festival that takes place in Thiruvaiyaru celebrating the cultural importance of this holy ground, aims to restore the pride of the Music Centre that existed in the town at the time of Saint Thyagaraja. The festival intends to showcase true and pure forms of music, with the goal of bringing something new to the local art and music landscape of Thiruvaiyaru. It features stand-out performances by artists who are the true torchbearers of their respective fields, carrying forward the tradition of music.

We at the Prakriti Foundation started the festival as a community initiative to acquaint the people of the Thanjavur district to exceptional performances and new worlds of music, and that too gratis. As with all Prakriti Foundation projects, the Festival of Sacred Music is founded on visionary principles – the idea behind conducting the festival at Thiruvaiyaru is not only to popularise music forms, but also to make the world aware of the rich heritage and tradition of the town, thereby encouraging heritage preservation and rural tourism. We work in close collaboration with Dr Rama Kausalya’s Marabu Foundation and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).

The festival opens its doors to people all over the country and the world, inviting them to experience the art, culture and glorious heritage of the special place, Thiruvaiyaru and become etched in its fascinating history. The best part being that it is non-ticketed and is open to all!

The 2017 edition had a line-up of stellar artistes such as Kiran Phatak (Hindustani Classical Vocals and English Bandish), K. Sivaprasad (Carnatic Concert in Whistle), Karthick Iyer (Fusion Music) and N. Ravikiran (Chitravina Recital) performing at various places in Thiruvaiyaru.


The 3-day festival ran from 17th to 19th February, 2017. For further details regarding the venue, time and synopsis of the various performances on each day, kindly select the date from the drop-down menu.


Hindustani Classical Vocal and English Bandish by Kiran Pathak
Time: 06:00 PM Venue: Husoor Palace (Diwan Wada)

Vocals and Bandish by Kiran Phatak, accompanied by Pratik Joshi on Vocals, Shreyas Govitrikar on Harmonium and Kedar Phatak on Tabla.


Carnatic Concert in Whistle by K. Sivaprasad
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Husoor Palace (Diwan Wada)

Carnatic concert in whistle by K. Sivaprasad, accompanied by V.V. Srinivasa Rao on Violin, Lakshmi Padmavathi on Veena, Kapa Srinivasa Rao on Mridangam, V.B.V Prasad on Ghatam and Gotta Mukkala Venkatesh on Morsing.


Fusion Music by Karthick Iyer Live
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Pushya Mahal Ghat

Karthick Iyer on the Violin and Vocals along with Vikram Vivekanand on Guitar, Reshwin Nishid on Bass Guitar, Sumesh Narayanan on Mridangam and Percussion and Ramkumar Kanakarajan on Drums.


Chitravina Recital by N. Ravikiran
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Panchanatheeswara Temple Mandapam

Chitravina by N. Ravikiran along with Vittal Rangan on Violin Patri Sathish Kumar on Mridangam and Karthick on Ghatam.

Past events

To know more about our past editions of this festival, kindly select a Year from the drop-down menu below.

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