By Shilpi Sambhamurty
|(photo by Shilpi Sambhamurty)|
The ITC Samman 2016 was conferred on violin vidushi (Dr.) N. Rajam during the 38th ITC Sangeet Sammelan held in Kolkata from 2 to 4 December 2016. A stalwart of Hindustani music, Rajam is one of the seniormost disciples of the late Pandit Omkarnath Thakur of the Benaras gharana, and follows the gayaki ang. The award was presented by Sanjeev Puri, COO of ITC Ltd. in the presence of Ravi Srinivasan, Executive Director of ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata.
The ITC Samman comprises a citation, shawl, flowers, sweets, and a cheque for one lakh rupees. The award was first presented in 1978, and the list of recipients includes eminent musicians like Satya Kinkar Banerjee, Jamini Ganguli, Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Mushtaq Ali Khan, D.T. Joshi, V.G. Jog, Asad Ali Khan, Girija Devi, Ali Ahmed Hussain, T.N. Krishnan and L. Subramaniam.