Thyagaraya Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Thyagarja, one of the famous Vaggeyakara (saint poet) of South India. It is observed on Vaishakha Shukla Sashti, sixth day in bright half of Vaishakha masam. In 2014, Thyagaraja Jayanti date is May 5. This festival is celebrated with gaiety in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.
Thiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Aradhana utsavam is the most famous music festival in India. Thiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Aradhana 2014 date is January 21.
Carnatic musicians celebrate the festival of Thyagaraja Jayanthi Utsavam in tremendous atmosphere. Saint poet Thyagarja (Thyagayya) wrote and composed thousands of Kruthis and devotional songs in Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit. He is known as the father of carnatic music.
Sri Thyagaraja Swamy was born in 1767 in Tiruvayur in Tanjore district. Thyagaraya Aradhana Utsavam takes places in Tiruvayur everyday memorizing the birth and achievements of Sri Thyagaraja swamy.