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Swathi Sangeetholsavam, a week long music festival, is held annually from January 6 to 12 at the 'Kuthira Malika' palace complex at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.
The Sangeetholsavam is held in tribute to Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, who ruled the state of Travancore from 1813- 1846 and was a patron of arts and a musician himself. His musical compositions including both Carnatic and Hindustani, are believed to number over four hundred. Swati Thirunal's court was also home to many great musicians and artistes of the period.
The festival held at the front courtyard of the majestic Kuthiramalika palace, built by Swati Thirunal is organised by H.H. Sir Rama Varma Maharaja of Travancore Trust. The festival features renditions by both Carnatic and Hindustani musicians including compositions of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma. Eminent musicians like, Ustad Bismilla Khan Gangu Bai Hangal, Dr.M.Balamurali Krishna, D.K.Pattammal etc have performed in the festival.
Contact Address :
Prince Rama Varma
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 003
Kerala State, India.
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How to get there
Air : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is located at Valiyathura 6kms from the city. Many international air carriers operate daily flights to the Middle East, Male and Sri Lanka from Thiruvananthapuram. Indian Airlines has direct connections to Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi. Jet Air (Gulf Air) has daily flights to Mumbai and Chennai.
Rail : The main railway station is the Central station located at Thampanoor. There are daily trains such as Parasuram express, Malabar express and Cannanore express. There are additional daily express to Kochi including the Venad express, the Kerala express and the Vanchinad express.
Road : Thampanoor is the main bus terminal in Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala State Transport operates a comprehensive service from Thiruvananthapuram, throughout the state and to Tamil Nadu. The city bus terminal is situated at Fort from where most of the city service originates. State and National Highways connect Thiruvananthapuram to all major Indian cities.
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