Navratna Central PSU National Aluminium Company Ltd (Nalco), presented social sector awards for the first time on its 36th annual day celebrations at Bhubaneswar on 7 January 2016. The Nalco Kharavela Award was given to Odissi exponent, Dr. Ileana Citaristi for her significant contributions in promoting Odissi, and to Saswat Ranjan Joshi for his noteworthy achievements in Odissi. The awards were presented in the presence of Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Steel and Mines and Jual Oram, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs.
Karnataka Kalashree Award
Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira, Bangalore, received the Karnataka Kalashree Award for lifetime service in the field of arts in the institutional category. The Mandira founded in the year 1955 by the late G. Vedanta Iyengar, has been a premier institution for music in Bangalore in the last five decades.
Exclusive Channel for classical music
Prasar Bharati is launching a 24x7 channel, 'Ragam', dedicated to classical music. The channel will be launched on 26 January 2016 by Dr. A. Surya Prakash, Chairman, Prasar Bharati. The Channel will be streamed live through DTH and AIR website (allindiaradio.gov.in). It will also be available through the All India Radio Mobile App for Windows, Android and iPhone( iOS) .
In recognition of the contributions of eminent violinist Lalgudi Srimathi Brahmanandam to Carnatic music, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in association with Prasar Bharati released a DVD under the series ‘Maestros of India’. The first copy of the DVD released by T.V. Gopalakrishnan on 30 December 2015 , was received by composer and musicologist Spencer Venugopal.
Suresh Chandra Panda, Member Personnel, Prasar Bharati, M.S. Thomas, Additional Director General (Archives), Prasar Bharati, and Y. Prabhu, Secretary, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, were also present on the occasion and addressed the gathering. The proceeds from the sale of the DVD will be donated towards Chennai flood relief.
Chennai Cultural Academy Trust
The annual festival of Chennai Cultural Academy Trust was inaugurated on 4 January 2016 at the Ramarao Kalyana Mandapam, T Nagar. The Kalaisironmani award was presented to Carnatic musicians Ranjani Gayathri, Nrithya Kalasironmani to dancer Swarnamalya Ganesh, and Nrithya Kalasironmani . to theatre artist Aanandhi.
The Academy’s Excellence awards were presented to Anaiyampatti S. Ganesan (jalatarangam), V.S. Srinivasan (drama), K. Mahathi (keyboard), Yoga (photography), Karnataka Sangha (social service), Chakrapani Sri Jaya Raghavendra (caterer) and Sujatha Kannan Pughazhendi (entrepreneur).