On its 34th anniversary, ABHAI -- Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India, honoured several Bharatanatyam artists on 8 July 2023 at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai.
The Natya Kalanidhi award was conferred on veteran Bharatanatyam exponents Saroja Vaidyanathan and Rhadha. The Nritya Perunjothi award was presented to senior dancer and teacher Meenakshi Chitharanjan. Mridangam vidwan and composer G.Viyaraghavan was conferred the title Gandharva Nipuna. Dancer T.K.Thiruchelwam was awarded the Narthaka Nipuna. The Bharata Kalaa Pravinya Lifetime Achievement award was given to Sadir practitioner and teacher R.Muthukannammal, and Shadow Puppetry artist B.Muthuchandran received the title Naatar Kalai Kon. Dancer Kaavya Muralidharan received the Thanjai Arunachalam Pillai Endowment Young Achiever award.