By Jyothi Mohan
6 December 2014 marked another important milestone in the career of acclaimed musician, Sanjay Subrahmanyan, when the Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha conferred upon him the National Eminence Award. He is the youngest musician to receive this award. The award was handed over to him by the Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao at an elaborate ceremony which included temple honours and felicitations from sister sabhas of Mumbai. The Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Shiromani awards were also given away the same evening to Ghatam vidwan Karthick, violinist V. Sanjeev and Hindustani vocalist Samrat Pandit. Incidentally, Sanjay Subrahmanyan was a recipient of the Sangeetha Shiromani award in 2002.
To provide a national framework for honouring veterans in the field of the performing arts, as well as emerging stars, the Sri Shanmukhananda National Eminence Award was set up in 2002, the Golden Jubilee year of the sabha. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1, 00,000, a citation, a lamp, a trophy and a shawl. Legends so far honoured with this award include Semmanagudi Srinivasa Iyer, Bhimsen Joshi, Vempati Chinna Satyam, Hariprasad Chaurasiya, Shivkumar Sharma, Padma Subrahmaniam, Girija Devi, Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, R. K. Srikantan, Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, Vyjayantimala Bali, Birju Maharaj, M. Balamuralikrishna and Pandit Jasraj.
The Sangeetha Shiromani Award is conferred upon emerging artistes and carries a cash prize of Rs. 25,000, a trophy, a citation and a shawl. So far, 43 promising artistes have received this award.
The award function was followed by a memorable concert by Sanjay Subrahmanyan.