Renowned bharatanatyam artist Narthaki Nataraj was conferred the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by the Periyar Maniammai University , Tanjavur during their 24th convocation on October 15, 2015.
MAC Charities Award
The 98th birth anniversary of Dr. M.A. Chidambaram Chettiar, was celebrated in Chennai on October 12, 2016. MAC Charities, presented awards to three exponents in the fields of art, entrepreneurship and literature. Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam was presented the Dr. M.A. Chidambaram Chettiar Award for her contributions to the field of bharatanatyam. Sridhar Vembu, founder and CEO, Zoho Corporation, was awarded the Dr. A.C.Muthiah award for excellence in first-generation entrepreneurship and Tamil scholar A. Arivunambi received the Dr. Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Award for his contribution to Tamil literature.
Vysakhi Award 2016
Veteran dancer and Padma Vibhushan awardee Sonal Mansingh was conferred the Vysakhi Lifetime Achievement award on 22 September 2016, as part of the 9th All India Classical Dance Festival at Visakhapatnam.
126th Jayanthi of Papanasam Sivan
The Papanasam Sivan Rasikar Manram in association with Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai, celebrated the 126th Jayanthi Mahotsavam of the legendary composer Papanasam Sivan. The week long celebrations commenced on 26 September 2016 at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai. Carnatic vocalist P.Unnikrishnan, was conferred the title ‘Sivanisai Selvar’. The award was presented by R. Nataraj, IPS (Retd.). Sangita Kala Acharya PS Narayanaswami, L. Sabaretnam, Chariman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra, V.K. Sundaram, Founder, Sudarshan Group of Institutions and Cleveland V.V. Sundaram, were the other guests of honour.
Indira Sivasailam Endowment Award
The RaGa Sisters–Ranjani and Gayatri–were conferred the seventh Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal and Citation at the annual Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert on 7 October 2016. The award was presented in association with The Music Academy, Madras. The endowment is an initiative of the Indira Sivasailam Foundation instituted by Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman & CEO, Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE) in memory of her mother Indira Sivasailam. The award function concluded with a concert by Ranjani-Gayatri.