Bharat Sangeet Utsav 2014 was inaugurated on October 31st at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai
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A Devout Offering
Known for picturesque descriptions steeped in devotion and sparkling jatis, Oothukkadu Venkatakavi’s compositions have rarely failed to draw admiration. Be it the scholarly ‘Swagatam Krishna’, the romantic ‘Alai payuthe’, or the argumentative ‘Maadu meikkum kanne’, Venkatakavi expressed his devotion to Lord Krishna in various forms, but the fact remains that we have been listening to the same few kritis again and again without taking the trouble to look for more.
Sri. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman presented The Nartaka Award 2014 to Natyacharya V.P. Dhananjayan.
Prof. C.V. Chandrasekar was the Guest of Honour.
Guru Maya Rao passes away
Maya Rao, veteran Kathak exponent, famous choreographer and founder-director of the Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography, passed away on 31 August 2014 in Bangalore. She was 86. She is survived by her daughter Madhu Nataraj, also a well-known Kathak dancer and choreographer. Her family, fans and and thousands of her students all over the world mourn her loss.
Stamps on Classical Musicians
The President of India Pranab Mukharjee released a set of eight stamps brought out by the Department of Posts, honouring Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, D K Pattammal, Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur, Gangubai Hangal, Pandit Kumar Gandharva, Ustad Vilayat Khan and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, on 3rd Sept 2014.