Author: C RamanujachariPublisher: Sri Ramakrishna MathYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 623ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
This learned and scholarly work with text in Devanagari and English translation of the songs will extend the influence of Tyaga-raja on the minds and hearts of people. There are on the whole 565 pieces in this volume. Stray pieces of Tyagaraja have appeared in English version, but this is the first time that in a single volume such large number of songs are given with English translation. Similarly, there have been stray articles on some aspects of Tyagaraja, but this is the first attempt to give, from a scholarly point of view, an exhaustive exposition of the contents of the songs of this great composer. In his introduction, Dr. S Radhakrishnan writes: The name Tyaga-raja means the prince of renounces, of those who give up worldly desires. Tyaga or renunciation is the way to mental peace and freedom. Tyaga-raja was a person of great humility, utter self-effacement. He expresses the truths of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita in simple and appealing language.