I happened to listen to a talk on Saint Thyagaraja, the venue expectedly was overflowing with the younger in the audience sitting on the stage listening to the nearly 75 minute presentation with rapt attention. Everyone including non music lovers are acquainted with the Saint’s life (the little that is recorded) and works but the speaker brought out aspects which are not so well known. For instance he said Thyagaraja was a woman hater as was evident from his keerthana, ‘entha neidchina, entha choochina—kantha dasule’ and had married a second time when his first wife died when he was 25 years and had an only son. Also that the pancha rathna krithi ‘endharo mahanubhavulu’ is debated whether it was the saint’s composition for lack of its mention by his biographers.
Probably, it’s a fact that opinion of women -good, bad or ugly is formed depending upon the experience men have had with them, (read spouse) but what surprises me is even in this 21st. century men’s attitude towards their spouses remains the same as the former continue to expect submissiveness irrespective of their own highhandedness.
n.meera raghavendra rao