“The executive committee of the Music Academy held on 24 July has unanimously chosen senior Carnatic violinist A. Kanyakumari for the Sangita Kalanidhi award,” said N. Murali, president of the Academy. Kanyakumari will be the first woman violinist to get the award in the history of the Music Academy and she will preside over its 90th annual conference to be held from 15 December 2016 to 1 January 2017. The award will be conferred on her at the sadas to be held on New Year's Day 2017.
Rudrapatnam brothers — R.N. Thyagarajan and R.N. Tharanathan and K. Venkataramanan, vocalists and music teachers, will receive the Sangita Kala Acharya awards.
TTK awards will be conferred on vocalist Nirmala Sundararajan and Tevaram singer M. Kodilingam.
The Musicologist Award will go to Rama Kausalya and the Pappa Venkatramaiah award to violinist Sikkil Baskaran.
The Natya Kala Acharya award will be conferred on senior Bharatanatyam dancer Malavika Sarukkai on 3 January 2017, at the inauguration of the dance festival.