|(L to R) R. Sundar, V. Shrinivasan, Radha Viswanathan,|
N. Murali and Ramnath S. Mani
Hamsadhwani, the well known sabha, conferred the ‘Sathguru Tyagaraja Hamsadhwani Award on Radha Viswanathan, daughter and disciple of M.S. Subbulakshmi, on 11 March 2017 at Chennai. N. Murali, President of the Music Academy presented the award to Radha.
Speaking on the occasion R. Sundar, secretary of the sabha, highlighted the contributions of Radha Viswanathan. V. Shrinivasan, son of Radha Viswanathan, in his acceptance speech on behalf of his mother, dedicated the award to M.S. Subbulakshmi and T. Sadasivam. The award ceremony was followed by a concert by S. Aishwarya (great granddaughter of MS and granddaughter of Radha) accompanied by M. Narmadha (violin), Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar (mridangam), Papanasam Sethuraman (khanjira) and H. Sivaramakrishnan (ghatam).
Chennai Fine Arts conferred the title Dig Vijaya Nada Vani and presented the Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar Award for excellence to veteran violinist T. Rukmini during the music season. The award comprising rupees one lakh, a gold medal and citation was presented by K. Vaidyanathan, Chief Editor of Dinamani and composer Spencer R. Venugopal who felicitated her. P.N. Muralidharan, founder, Chennai Fine Arts, is also in the picture.