About us

About Us

Trust's History

Established in 1984 by K. Lakshminarayanan (Chellam Iyer), SSTAKT traces its roots back 176 years, dedicated to preserving Saint Thyagaraja’s legacy.

The Sadguru Sri Thyagabrahma Aradhana Kainkarya Trust (SSTAKT) is a religious-cultural organisation dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of one of the most prominent composers of Carnatic music, Thyagaraja Swamy (1767-1847).

The trust was established in 1984 by Sri. K. Lakshminarayanan, also known as Chellam Iyer, a school teacher who started conducting annual religious ceremonies to venerate the poet saint as per Vedic tradition, back in 1940. Today, SSTAKT operates from its office in Bengaluru under the leadership of Ved. Br. Radhakrishna G. Seshappa.

The primary objective of SSTAKT is to conduct the Vaidika Aradhana conducting the necessary Vedic ceremonies and rituals during Pushya maasa (generally during the month of January every year). The main aradhana takes place on Pushya Bahula Panchami to honour and venerate Thyagaraja Swamy who took sanyasa in the latter part of his life. Since Thyagaraja Swamy was a Yati or Sanyaasi. Conducting these rituals is part of the Vedic tradition that is followed to remember and venerate such noble and spiritual souls who renounce family life.

Bharatiya Samskruthi - Significance Of Aradhana
Aradhana Programs - Sangeeta & Nritya Utsava's
Vaidika Aradhana Of Thyagaraja Swamy
Trust Members


Radhakrishna G.S

Managing Trustee

Dr. Usha Rk


Dr. R. Kausalya


K Gopalan


Dr. V.R. Gowri Shankar


Sri. G.S. Radhakrishna

Hon. President

Smt. Revathi Kamath

Hon. Vice President

Dr. Usha Rk

Hon. Secretary

Sri. Anantha Murthy

Hon. Member

Ved. Br. Sri. Subrahmanya Bhat

Hon. Member

Ved. Br. Sri. Bennegadde Narayan Bhat

Vedic Ritual Committee

Ved Br. Sri. Govinda Prabhas

Vedic Ritual Committee

Music Festival Committee

1. Dr. Nagamani Srinath
2. Dr. Suma Sudhindra
3. Sri. Gana Murthy

Media Relations & Publicity Committee

1. Smt. Sangeeta Radhakrishna
2. Sri. Mahesh
3. GVS Ventures (Social Media)

Hospitality & Logistics Committee

1. Sri. Krishna Bhat – Catering 2. Sri. Vijaya Kumar

40+ Years

Established in 1984 by K. Lakshminarayanan (Chellam Iyer), SSTAKT traces its roots back 176 years

186,000+ people served

Atleast 8000 people are served with an Indian meal every year in the annual Aradhana is conducted

Aradhana Ceremonies

Aradhana Traditions: Join us during the revered Aradhana ceremonies held during Pushya Bahula Panchami. These ceremonies involve Vedic rituals, pujas, and chanting, all paying homage to Saint Tahyagaraja's enduring legacy.

Spiritual Reverence

The Aradhana ceremonies are a sacred homage, embracing Vedic rituals, pujas, and chants, symbolizing a spiritual tribute to the revered Saint Thyagaraja, venerating his renunciant life and profound contributions.

Cultural Legacy

These ceremonies hold immense cultural significance, serving as a timeless link to our heritage, honoring the saint's enduring legacy while fostering a sense of cultural continuity & preservation.

Rituals & Community

The Aradhana ceremonies foster unity, gathering devotees, musicians & spiritual seekers in a endeavor to celebrate the saint's spiritual resonance, promoting community harmony & spiritual devotion.