Tuesday, 31 July 2018


The Madras Music Academy has taken the lead (as is customary) in announcing its annual awards list ahead of the sabhas of Chennai that give away similar honours annually. The choice of Aruna Sairam for the Sangita Kalanidhi award has been predictable as the vocalist has been expected over the past few years to achieve the distinction, having been a leading
performer in the Carnatic music circuit for over a couple of decades.
The Academy has in the recent decade or so had to balance the need to recognise popular success in equal measure as depth of musicianship, and contributions to the transmission of tradition to posterity through disciples representative of the artist’s unique legacy. In the case of Aruna Sairam, the Sangita Kalanidhi designate represents what may be described as the Bombay school, thanks to her upbringing in the capital of Maharashtra, a sterling specimen of  migration from the Tanjavur belt via Palakkad, professional compulsions taking genuine musical talent to a new home and new horizons. She also had the good fortune to come under the influence of the Dhanammal bani, taught as she was by T. Brinda a frequent visitor at her parents’ Mumbai home. In time, Aruna’s music became an amalgam of  several influences including Marathi bhakti music, her collaboration in European music and the Western voice culture methods she followed.
The Aruna Sairam we see today, enjoying a substantial fan base across generations is a very different musician from the quiet young artist that came over to Chennai thirty plus years ago. An honour richly deserved.
Sruti has over the years been repeatedly campaigning for veteran musicians who have repeatedly missed the Kalanidhi honour. Ghatam maestro Vikku Vinayakram has often topped that list of iconic artists. Unfortunately the instrument Vinayakram has made globally known is a so-called upa-pakkavadyam and therefore not considered worthy of fetching its practitioner the top award, we believe.
The Academy has made a grand gesture as it did in the case of Lalgudi Jayaraman by conferring a special Lifetime Achievement Award on the diminutive percussionist. Vinayakram would have been thrilled to receive the highest honour but he must be quite satisfied that his contribution to the ghatam and Carnatic music has been acknowledged in a diffent manner.
Shanta Dhananjayan’s long and distinguished career as a Bharatanatyam dancer and  guru has culminated in her nomination for the Nritya Kalanidhi award. This has been a singular gesture of gender equity as her husband and partner is Sangita Kala Acharya of the Academy. Shanta is among the most loved senior teachers in Bharatanatyam, a true acharya, an extremely popular choice of awardee.
Aruna Sairam and the Dhananjayans are `Padma’ awardees, honoured by the government of India, but we are sure that recognition by their peers and seniors in their chosen field of art means as much to them as national honours.
We congratulate all the awardees of the Music Academy and look forward to greeting the artists to be honoured by other institutions in the months to come.

Pannalal Ghosh

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Friday, 27 July 2018

Viswa Mohan Bhatt

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Trichy Sankaran

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Thursday, 26 July 2018

Krishnarao Shankar Pandit

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26.7.1893 - 22.8.1989
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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer

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Kanchipuram Naina Pillai

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Monday, 23 July 2018

L Subramaniam

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Dhondutai Kulkarni

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23.7.1927 - 1.6.2014
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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Vinayakrao Patwardhan

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22.7.1898 - 23.8.1975
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D K Jayaraman

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22.7.1928 - 18.1.1991
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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Jayachamaraja Wodeyar

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Monday, 16 July 2018

A richly deserved honour for Aruna Sairam

By V. Ramnarayan

I have been a great admirer of Aruna Sairam the musician, from the time before she reinvented her concert repertoire to capture the popular mandate as arguably the most successful artist of her time. I had been privileged to listen to her rendition in the company of Geetha Raja of an authentic Dhanammal bani recital at a house concert a couple of decades ago. I knew of her heroic battle against audience indifference, her indomitable spirit that helped her plunge into a voyage of voice-and self-discovery placing complete trust in the hands of a German expert, her powerful fusion efforts in which her newly acquired, sonorous voice rang clear and true in a bell-like tone that would have done an MS or a Gangubai Hangal proud. I was also lucky to participate in a couple of panel discussions in which she displayed great bhakti towards her art and her guru, as well as a sharp intellect and brilliant articulation. The Music Academy has bestowed on her a richly deserved honour, I am sure as much in recognition of all these sterling qualities as acknowledgement of her undeniable role as a proselytiser of Carnatic music who has drawn sizable new audiences to this classical art. She has been a good friend of Sruti magazine. We appreciate her steadfast support and salute her in her hour of glory. Our cup of joy will be full when she realises her potential for true greatness as a champion of all that is good in music.

Here's something I wrote some years ago: https://srutimag.blogspot.com/search?q=aruna+sairam

Amritha Murali

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Music Academy announces awards for Season 2018

Sangita Kalanidhi - Aruna Sairam

Sangita Kala Acharya - Thanjavur Ramadas and K. Omanakutty

TTK Award - Kalyani Ganesan and S.R.G. Rajanna

Musicologist - Dr. Premeela Gurumurthy

Nritya Kalanidhi - Shanta Dhananjayan

Sunday, 15 July 2018

R N Thyagarajan

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Mogubai Kurdikar

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Vinjamuri Varadaraja Iyengar

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Kartik Rajagopal Memorial Award for Mrs. YGP

Kartik Fine Arts honoured veteran organiser, educationist, writer and connoisseur of the arts Mrs. Y.G. Parthasarathy with the Kartik Rajagopal Memorial Award comprising a purse and a memento, on 3 July 2018, at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Main Hall in Mylapore, Chennai. Chief guest Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti presented the Award to Mrs. YGP as the two secretaries D.S. Rajagopalan and Rajagopal Sekar (Secretary) and president K.M. Narasimhan look on 

K N Dandayudhapani Pillai

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Friday, 13 July 2018

Kesarbai Kerkar

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Astad Deboo

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

S R Janakiraman

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O S Arun

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Indira Parthasarathy

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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Remembering MDR

Vandeham Varadadasam, a celebration of the music of Carnatic music legend M.D. Ramanathan (MDR), was organised recently by his son Balaji Ramanathan  at Raga Sudha hall in Chennai. While Sangita Kalanidhi T.V. Gopalakrishnan spoke about the emotional connect, the “Sound, music and meaning in MDR’s art” were “deconstructed” by the erudite musician Sriram Parasuram. It was followed by an impressive concert by Ramakrishnan Murthy, who was ably accompanied  by Mysore Srikanth (violin) J. Vaidyanathan (mridangam) and K.V. Gopalakrishnan (khanjira).

SNA Yuva Puraskar awardees

The Central Sangeet Natak Akademi has selected 34 artists to receive the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2017.  The award was introduced in 2006 with the objective of identifying and encouraging outstanding young talents in diverse fields of performing arts and giving them national recognition early in life, so that they may work with greater commitment and dedication in their chosen fields. It is given to artists below 40 years of age and carries a purse money of  25,000 rupees.
In the field of music, eight recipients of the Yuva Puraskar are: Aditya Khandve and Sawani Shende (H-vocal); Rimpa Siva (H-tabla); Amaan Ali Bangash and  Ayaan Ali Bangash (joint awardees) (H-sarod); Prasanna Venkatraman (C-vocal); Trivandrum N. Sampath (C-violin); Kotipalli Ramesh (C-mridangam)  and Mayanglanbam Sobhamani Singh (nata sankeertan).
In the field of dance, the eight recipients are: Parshwanath Upadhye (Bharatanatyam); Vidha Lal (Kathak); C.M. Unnikrishnan (Kathakali); Adhikarimayum Radhamanbi Devi (Manipuri); Bhavana Reddy (Kuchipudi); Janhabi Behera (Odissi); Sudesh Adhana (Contemporary dance) and Sai Shravanam (music for dance).
In the field of theatre, the eight recipients are: Kuldeep Kumar (playwriting); Vyomesh Shukla and Quasar Thakore Padamsee (direction); Daksha Sharma and Devaki Mark (acting); Bijender Tank (lighting); Rajesh Singh (scenic design); Tadepalli Satyanarayana Sarma (Yakshagana).
In the field of Traditional/ Folk/ Tribal Music/ Dance/ Theatre and  Puppetry, the eight recipients are: Hemant Vaishnav (folk theatre, Chhattisgarh); Kutle Khan Manganiar (folk music - kartal, Rajasthan); Kalamandalam Hariharan (maddalam, Kerala); Manzoor Ahmed Shah  (folk music - Chakkri, Jammu and Kashmir); Asha Negi  (folk music - Neoli, Uttarakhand); Sarbeswar Bhoi (folk dance and music - Sambalpuri, Odisha); Nooran Sisters Jyoti Nooran and Sultana Nooran (joint awardees, folk music, Punjab); Gopal Singh Habbi (mask making, Himachal Pradesh).

Astad Deboo conferred Living Legend Award

Astad Deboo, a pioneer of Contemporary Dance in India, was conferred the  'Yagnaraman Living  Legend Award' by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha during the valedictory function of the Yagnaraman July Fest on 1st July 2018. The  'Yagnaraman Award of Excellence' was conferred on  versatile percussionist V. Selvaganesh. Senior dance critic and writer Leela Venkataraman presented the awards and Fazal Quereshi felicitated the awardees. Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, R. Venkateswaran and Saashwathi Prabhu of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha  also participated in the proceedings.

Friday, 6 July 2018

A Book on Twelve Vaggeyakaras

The book titled "Downpouring Devotion of Vaggeyakaras" written by Prof. P.P. Ramakrishnan was released on 23 June 2018 at the Kasturi Srinivasan Hall of the Music Academy, Chennai. The function was presided by N. Murali, President of the Music Academy. The first copy of the book, released by natyacharya V.P. Dhananjayan, was received by Sangita Kalanidhi T.V. Gopalakrishnan, in the presence of the publisher Dr. (Prof). Kartikeyan Nair, Director of Kerala State Institute of Languages, and the author P.P. Ramakrishnan (Retd. Principal of the Swathi Tirunal College of Music, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala). All the speakers paid rich tributes to Prof. Ramakrishnan on his completing 50 years as a music teacher and having taught over 7000 students during his long tenure in Carnatic music colleges in Kerala. The function concluded with a full-length vocal concert by his disciple Ram  Manikandan--a 12-old prodigy.

Mayadhar Raut

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M Balamuralikrishna

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6.7.1930 - 22.11.2016
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