Monday, 9 June 2014

M.N. Subramanian Memorial Award

By Samudri

The M.N. Subramanian Memorial Award is presented every year by the Music Academy. The endowment was instituted in 2012 by Krithika Subramanian, Bharatanatyam dancer and well known architect in Chennai in memory of her father. M.N. Subramanian, the founder of Sumanth & Co.,  was a vocalist and a connoisseur of Carnatic music.

The endowment has been created to recognise stalwarts upholding the guru-sishya parampara in classical dance. It is described as “an award of merit to be given annually in perpetuity to a candidate selected by the Music Academy awards committee in consensus with the Subramanian family. The awardee must have a meritorious career in performing and teaching.”

The first recipient of the award is Guru C.V. Chandrasekhar who was honoured by N. Murali, President of the Music Academy, Madras in 2013. The second awardee is Bangalore-based Bhanumathy, who runs Nrityakalamandiram in Bangalore. She received the award in 2014 from the hands of the first awardee Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar. She was selected for her exemplary record in choreography, teaching and performance over several decades

The M.N. Subramanian Award comprises a citation, a purse of one lakh rupees for the and additional concert fees for presenting a programme of the awardee’s disciples after the award ceremony. The concert and documentation material about the artist and his or her choreographic works will be archived in the Music Academy.

The Subramanian family – promoters of Sreshta, Sumanth and Co, leading premium property developers – has instituted this  award among many such initiatives launched for the promotion of classical arts.

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