Aswathi Thirunal Rama Varma
Born: 13 August 1968
- He is better known as Prince Rama Varma, is an Indian classical musician and a member of the erstwhile Royal Family of Travancore.
- He is a Carnatic vocalist as well as an exponent of the Veena.
- He is also recognized as a music teacher, musicologist, writer, and orator.
- He has given concerts and conducted music workshops all over India and in several other countries including the USA, UK, Netherlands, France, UAE, Malaysia, and Singapore.
- YouTube videos of his concerts, classes, and lecdems are popular among music lovers, music students and professional musicians alike, and have exceeded 50 lakh (5 million) views.
- He organizes the Swathi Sangeethotsavam, a 10-day annual festival held at the Kuthira Malika in Thiruvananthapuram from 4–13 January.
- The festival, dedicated exclusively to the compositions of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, features maestros of Carnatic and Hindustani music and attracts music aficionados from all over the globe.
- He also organizes the annual Navarathri Mandapam concerts held in Trivandrum in connection with the Navarathri Festival .
- In 2006, he got veteran vocalist Parassala Ponnammal to perform there, and permitted women to attend the concerts, thus breaking a 300-year-old tradition of not allowing women inside the Mandapam.
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August 13, 2020