SKGS Awards for Mangala Isai
The 'SKGS Diamond Jubilee Sangeetha Choodamani' title was conferred on nagaswara vidwan Seshampatti Sivalingam, and tavil vidwans Thiruvalaputhur T.A. Kaliyamurthy and Tanjavur T.R. Govindarajan, during the 27th Pongal Nagaswara Isai Vizha organised by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on 14 January 2015. Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, President SKGS, chief guest Justice M. Karpaga Vinayagam Y. Prabhu, Gen.Secretary, SKGS, musicologist B.M. Sundaram and R.Venkateswaran.Joint Secretary are in the picture.
Paintings of Musicians at Tiruvaiyaru
'Aanmalayam' -- an exhibition featuring musicians painted by artist Balaji has been curated near the Tyagaraja samadhi in Tiruvaiyaru to coincide with the Tyagaraja aradhana celebrations. Dr. Rama Kausalya, well known scholar, musician and arts administrator, inaugurated the exhibition on 6 January. Paintings of U. Shrinivas, M.S. Subbulakshmi, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Bombay Jayashri are part of the exhibits on show till 10 January -- the Pushya Bahula Panchami day.
Visakha Music Academy Awards - 2014
Visakha Music Academy, Visakhapatnam conferred the title Sangeeta Kala Saagara on senior Carnatic vocalist O.S. Thiagarajan.during it's 45th annual festival held recently in Visakhapatnam.. A number of awards were also presented to musicians and dancers -- The Dwaram Venkata Swamy Naidu Award to Gurivilli Appanna & Durga Rao; M.S. Subbulakshmi Award to Vishnubhatla Sisters Saraswathi & Krishnaveni; Nedunuri Krishnamurthy Award to Trichur Brothers; and Saraswathi Memorial Award to A.B. Bala Kondala Rao.
VEENA SESHANNA MEMORIAL AWARD
The Veena Seshanna Memorial Award 2014 was presented to Kadri Gopalanath (C-saxophone) and the Swara Murthy V. N. Rao Memorial Award to veteran Carnatic musician and teacher P.S. Narayanaswamy, on 15 November 2014, by the Swara Murthy V. N. Rao Memorial Trust, in Bangalore. Each award comprises a bust of Veena Seshanna and a purse of Rs. 50,000.
Hamsadhwani honours Sruti
Sruti was honoured with the R Ramachandran Excellence Award by Hamsadhwani, Chennai, on 1 January 2015, as part of the silver jubilee of the sabha, and Ramachandran's birth anniversary. V Ramnarayan, editor-in-chief received the award. The award was given away by Mr N Vittal, former Central Vigilance Commissioner, and Mr Mohan Parasaran, former Solicitor General presided over the occasion. Mr R Sundar, who welcomed the gathering, Sri RS Mani and Sri Gopalan, represented Hamsadhwani on the stage.
Shanmukhananda honours Sanjay
6 December 2014 marked another important milestone in the career of acclaimed musician, Sanjay Subrahmanyan, when the Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha conferred upon him the National Eminence Award. He is the youngest musician to receive this award. The award was handed over to him by the Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao at an elaborate ceremony which included temple honours and felicitations from sister sabhas of Mumbai. The Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Shiromani awards were also given away the same evening to Ghatam vidwan Karthick, violinist V. Sanjeev and Hindustani vocalist Samrat Pandit. Incidentally, Sanjay Subrahmanyan was a recipient of the Sangeetha Shiromani award in 2002.
To provide a national framework for honouring veterans in the field of the performing arts, as well as emerging stars, the Sri Shanmukhananda National Eminence Award was set up in 2002, the Golden Jubilee year of the sabha. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1, 00,000, a citation, a lamp, a trophy and a shawl. Legends so far honoured with this award include Semmanagudi Srinivasa Iyer, Bhimsen Joshi, Vempati Chinna Satyam, Hariprasad Chaurasiya, Shivkumar Sharma, Padma Subrahmaniam, Girija Devi, Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, R. K. Srikantan, Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, Vyjayantimala Bali, Birju Maharaj, M. Balamuralikrishna and Pandit Jasraj.
The Sangeetha Shiromani Award is conferred upon emerging artistes and carries a cash prize of Rs. 25,000, a trophy, a citation and a shawl. So far, 43 promising artistes have received this award.
The award function was followed by a memorable concert by Sanjay Subrahmanyan.
The Natya Kala Mani Award was conferred on veteran natya exponents and teachers C.K..Balagopalan and Kalamandalam Kshemavathi, on 26 December 2014 at the inaugural function of the 34th Natya Kala Conference organised by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in Chennai. Veteran make-up artist Sethumadhavan was also honoured on the occasion. Natyacharya V.P. Dhananjayan inaugurated the conference and felicitated the awardees. In his inaugural speech he exhorted the dance fraternity to uphold tradition and use appropriate nomenclature and terms to describe specific facets of Indian art forms. Swapnasundari, famous exponent of Kuchipudi and Vilasini Natyam is the convenor of the week-long Natya Kala Conference focussing on the theme "Knowing Again". Y. Prabhu, Gen. Secretary, and R. Venkateswaran of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha were part of the inaugural function.
Vaadhya Padmam for veteran mridanga vidwan
Mridanga vidwan Tanjavur R. Ramamurthy received the title “Vaadhya Padmam” conferred by the Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai on 3 December during the inauguration of its December Art Festival 2014. The Vaadhya Padmam award was instituted by Brahma Gana Sabha in December 2013 to honour veteran instrumentalists.
Born on 15 June 1929 in Tanjavur to Krishnammal and Rathnam Pillai, Ramamurthy hails from a family steeped in music and dance. His father was a violinist and direct disciple of Tirukodikaval Krishna Iyer. Aunt Veenabhashini was a famous exponent of Sadir/ Bharatanatyam, and father-in-law Tirukadayur Chinnayya Pillai a versatile tavil vidwan.
Ramamurthy’s mridangam classes began at the age of nine with Bhairavam Pillai and he made his debut when he was 12. In a year’s time he got opportunities to accompany stalwarts like Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, and flautist Palladam Sanjeeva Rao. He later received advanced training from mridangam maestro Tanjavur Vaidyanatha Iyer. He joined All India Radio, Tiruchirapalli on 5 September1945 and served there for a record 44 years. He joined as an A grade staff artist and retired in June 1989 with the distinction of being a Grade I Artist. During his tenure he played for several eminent musicians and participated in many National Programmes of All India Radio, Akashvani Sangeet Sammelans, musical features, and laya vinyasam presentations. On special request from AIR-Delhi, he played the mridangam for a vocal recital by Sathoor A.G. Subramania Iyer in March 1950 for the External Services Division. This distinguished former staff artist of AIR is a simple man who shuns publicity.
Ramamurthy has more than 70 years of experience as a mridangam artist; and was preferred by many senior vidwans for his gentle and dignified mridangam accompaniment. As he started accompanying musicians at a very young age, Ramamurthy says he has had the rare distinction of playing for several generations of musicians. The list reads like a veritable who’s who and ranges from Marungapuri Gopalakrishna Iyer, Karur Chinnnasami Iyer, Semmangudi Narayanaswamy Iyer, Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer, Palladam Sanjeeva Rao, Kumbakonam Rajamanickam Pillai, Alathur Brothers, Chembai, Musiri Subramania Iyer, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, GNB, T. Chowdiah, Dandapani Desigar, MS, DKP, MLV, Madurai Somu, S. Balachander, Maharajapuram Santhanam, Lalgudi Jayaraman, M.S Gopalakrishnan, M. Balamuralikrishna, D.K. Jayaraman, T.M. Thiagarajan, K.V. Narayanaswamy, N. Ramani, T.N. Seshagopalan, T.V. Sankaranarayanan, Geetha Bennet, Mandolin Shrinivas, to T.M. Krishna. He also recalls with pride how the Kanchi Paramacharya asked for an encore of his tani avartanam when he played in his presence at Kaladi.
Ramamurthy is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Kalaimamani award from the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram (1981), Isai-k-Kadal from Karaikudi Tamil Isai Sangam (1983), Mridanga Selvam from Muthamizh Peravai (1987), Laya Vadya Ratnam from Sri Sadguru Tyagabrahma Aradhana Trust, Tiruchi (2002), Madhura Kala Nipuna from Laya Madhuraa, Chennai (2011), and the TTK Award from the Music Academy, Madras (2013).
Narada Gana Sabha
Nadhabrahmam to Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman
Senior Musician Award to Kalyani Ganesan
Nagaswaram Award to Seshampatti Sivalingam
The Indian Fine Arts Society
Sangeetha Kalasikhamani to A. Kanyakumari
Natya Kalasikhamani to Priyadarshini Govind
Tamil Isai Sangam
Isai Peraringnar to Seergazhi Sivachidambaram
Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
Vajra Utsav Acharya Choodamani to A. Lakshmanaswamy
Vajra Utsav Nritya Choodamani to Gayatri Kannan, Zakir Hussain, Ratikant Mohapatra, Sujatha Mohapatra, & Deepika Reddy
Brahma Gana Sabha
Gaana Padhmam – Trichur V. Ramachandran
Naatya Padhmam – Priyadarshini Govind
Naataka Padhmam – A.R. Srinivasan (ARS)
Vaaadhya Padhmam – R. Ramamurthy
Kartik Fine Arts
Natya Darshan – Lifetime Achievement Award to Sadanam Balakrishnan
Tamil Isai Vendar – Kadri Gopalnath
Isai Peroli – S. Saketharaman
Nadanamamani – Anwesha Das (Bharatanatyam)
Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha
Vani Kala Sudhaakara to
Priya Sisters: Shanmugapriya & Haripriya (Vocal)
Kadri Gopalnath (Saxophone)
V. Kamalakar Rao (Mrudangam
Leela Samson (Bharatanatyam)
R. Neelakantan (Neelu) (Theatre)
Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha
Sangeeta Kala Sarathy to N. Vijay Siva
Natya Kala Sarathy to Deepika Reddy
Gnana Kala Bharathi to Trichur V. Ramachandran
Viswa Kala Bharathi to Bombay Jayashri and Priyadarshini Govind
Acharya Kala Bharathi to Prof. A. Janardhanan
Nadaga Kala Bharathi to Bombay Gnanam
Gana Kaladhar to Vani Jayaram
Sangeeta Kala Bharathi to Janardhan Mitta
Laya Kala Bharathi to Madras A. Kannan
MLV Book Release
MLV.. the one & only (book and Audio visual) was released on October 5th, 2014 at Chennai by Rupa Gopal. L. Sabarethnam, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra, Aruna Sairam and Priyadarsini Govind were the guests of Honour.