Tyagayya is a film based on the life of the legendary music composer, Thyagaraja, who lived in Tamilnadu in the eighteenth century. Tyagayya, an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, firmly believed that path to achieve Mukthi is through music. Thyagayya is a villager composing devotional music to Rama, while rejecting the court of Serfoji, Maharajah of Tanjore, the dominant cultural center of the region. Turning down invitations and gifts from the Maharajah, he provokes the jealous wrath of his brother Jalpesan. The film's climax comes when Jalpesan destroys Rama's idols; Thyagaraja resurrects them eventually and sacrifices his life to his God.