educated their sons in their mother-tongue Telugu, in Sanskrit and the religious lore and
got them married in due time too.
Jappesa the elder, it so happened, was less intelligent by nature and turned bad by
association. Thyagaraja the younger, how ever, was astute and became well-versed in all
the lores. Besides, he was pious by nature and helped his father in theworship of the
family deity Rama.
In addition to these he studied Carnatic music under a local teacher. Very soon he became
so proficient in music that he began composing- songs in praise of gods.
When father Ramabrahmam passed away, the two brothers divided their paternal properties.
While Jappesa wasted his time and life in evil ways, Thyagaraja continued the worship of
his family deities and composing new songs in their praise.