The 2015 Ananya Sangeethotsava took place in Bangalore on May 10th. The awardees - Ananya Puraskara for Sukanya Ramgopal Ghatam , Shastra Kaustubha award for Dr.C. A. Sridhar - Musicologist & Flautist, Ananya Yuva Puraskara award In memory of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Vid. Alatturu Sreenivasa Iyer was given to Vid. Sampagodu Vighnaraja , Vid. Vrinda Acharya, Vid. BK Raghu and Vid. Bharadwaj Sathavalli.
NRITHYA SARASWATHI AWARD
The Department of Performing Arts at Alliance University in Bangalore presented the NRITHYA SARASWATHI award to Chitra Visweswaran, Lakshmi Vishwanathan, Ananda Shankar Jayant, Dr. Anuradha Jonnalagadda and Geeta Chandran.
SHRISHTI NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dr. A.V. Satyanarayana’s Shrishti organization presented the SHRISHTI NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to Kathak maestro Pt. Birju Maharaj on May 10, 2015 at Bangalore.
Vaigal Gnanaskandan passes away
Vaigal S. Gnanaskandan, Carnatic vocalist, teacher and former Music Producer at All India Radio, passed away on 3 May 2015 after a prolonged illness. He was a disciple of Dandapani Desigar and also learnt from Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. He established the Gnanaskandan Trust which organised several programmes and encouraged up-and-coming musicians. Some of his well known disciples are Sikkil Gurucharan, Gayatri Girish, V. Sankaranarayanan and Kausalya Sivakumar.
Sruti Contributors honoured
Shrestha Kala Pracharak Award for Sujatha Vijayaraghavan, from Ganesa Natyalaya, Delhi on its 41st anniversary, on 19 April 2015