S.Rajam’s (Music Appreciation notes)

Friday, 1 December 2017

Fifteenth anniversary of Samudhra

By C. Ramakrishnan

Mudhra celebrated the 15th anniversary of Samudhra magazine and 250 weeks of Paalam Free Webcast on 19 November 2017 at the Infosys Hall on Bazulla Road in Chennai. Sudharani Raghupathy, veteran Bharatanatyam dancer-guru inaugurated the function and Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, chief patron presided over the proceedings. The highlight was the conferring of the title of Gnana Samudhra on Rama Kausalya, for her outstanding contribution as a musician and musicologist, and presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Yoga, for his contribution as a photographer in the arts field. The much sought after Music Planner cum Directory 2018 was also released on the occasion.

Multifaceted Dr. Rama Kausalya is a musician, teacher, musicologist and propagator of culture and traditional values. She devotes all her time to inspire and transform the lives in rural Tanjavur through music and other arts. She retired as the Principal of the Music College in Tiruvaiyaru and propagates music holistically through her Marabu Foundation which aims to promote peace and harmony through the fine arts, literature and traditional arts. The Marabu Foundation has been the local partner in organising the Sacred Music Festival in an aesthetic way in Tiruvaiyaru in collaboration with the Prakriti Foundation, Chennai.

Prior to the award function, Rama Kausalya presented a lecdem on the “Musical aspects in Tevaram Isai”. She dealt with the musical aspects in Tevaram and other forms of Pann Isai, and her disciple Madhuvanti rendered select tevarams melodiously. The programme was so good that Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti announced immediately that a similar programme would be arranged at Brahma Gana Sabha during the music season to  ensure a better reach.
The other awardee, ace photographer Yoga has carved a niche for himself through his dedication and involvement in his chosen profession. He is noted for capturing the best moments of several  artists through his lens.

It is appropriate that Samudhra has chosen the above dignitaries to receive the awards.

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