Sri Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma (Malayalam: ശ്രrii സ്വാതി തിരുനാള് രാമ വര്മ) (April 16, 1813 – December 25, 1846) was the Maharaja of the state of Travancore (തിരുവിതാംകൂര്), inIndia. He reigned under the regency of his mother Maharani Gowri Lakshmi Bayi from 1813 till 1815 and henceforth under the regency of his aunt Maharani Gowri Parvati Bayi from 1815 till 1829. In 1829 he turned major and assumed full powers of ruler and ruled Travancore till his demise in 1846.
Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, who remains one of the few people ever to have mastered both the North Indian as well as South Indian forms of Classical music to such an extent that he went on to compose several beautiful songs in both Carnatic as well as Hindusthani styles. Here we have Vidushi Sulochana Brihaspati sing a Hindusthani bandish of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal. (A festival called Swathi Sangeethotsavam is conducted every year at his palace, Kuthiramalika in Trivandrum, Kerala, from
the 6th until the 12th of January.)