The Kalaiamamani award for the years 2011-2018, announced for 201 writers and artistes from the field of Tamil literature, music, bharatanatyam, drama, film, folk arts, painting, sculptures and comedy after eight years is the talk of the town for artistes and art lovers. Since its inception in the year 1954, the number of awardees has grown over time. Its criteria include, ’Artistes should be popular and famous for having professionally rendered yeoman services for enrichment of the traditional arts.” This abstract nature has not however diminished its demand. The flood of awardees this year includes some of the most popular names to lesser known ones. It is indeed a positive note and one can expect the government to be more active on state of the art.
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