Venue: Kuthiramalika Palace
Location: East Fort
Gigantic pillars emanating with the thumping beats of a King’s own compositions are unheard of these days. Annually, the Kuthiramalika Palace in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram pulsates with music by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, the former Maharaja of Travancore. The Swathi Sangeetholsavam or Swathi Music Festival is a special extravaganza that takes over the city every January.
Swathi Thirunalwas a beloved patron of the arts and an accomplished musician himself, with more than 400 compositions in Carnatic music as well as Hindustani music to his credit. Today, concerts are held at the palace which the public can attend for free. Musicians from across the State attend this great festival to witness the finest musical spectacle in all of God’s Own Country.
Entry is free.
In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs. We have calculated the festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.