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Monday, January 02, 2006

The Music Academy Sadas on Jan. 1, 2006

I attended the Sadas of The Music Academy (Chennai) yesterday. It was an excellent function: punctual, well organised and well attended. The speeches were appropriate to the occasion and most importantly, not rambling. Smt. Vedavalli and Sri. Ramachandran were outstanding examples for felicitatory speakers - they delivered very clear, crisp, sincere speeches.

Sri. M. Chandrasekharan received the prestigious Sangeetha Kalanidhi title. The Sangeetha Kalanidhi title is verily a life-time achievement award for contribution to Carnatic music and is by far the most coveted honor in Carnatic music. Sri. Chandrasekharan is indeed a most deserving recipient of the Sangeetha Kalanidhi title. When one thinks of the various factors (e.g., politics, timing) that have in the past led to some deserving musicians not being awarded the title, one is gladdened by the thought that such factors did not play a part in this instance!

Sri. Chandrasekharan's musical journey and achievements are all the more remarkable, given his visual handicap!

The Hindu has a report on the proceedings The Music Academy Sadas.

[Mr. Mahalingam, the industrialist who presided over the function] appealed to the academy's new team of office-bearers to make efforts to hold music festivals in other cities and towns including Madurai, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Thanjavur.

I like the idea - it's important for us music lovers that Carnatic music blooms in other cities in TamilNadu (and elsewhere). Apart from finding musical talent in these places, the music festivals can promote understanding and appreciation of Carnatic music.

P.S.: I couldn't help noticing like everyone else that Sri. N. Ch. Krishnamacharyulu had a very difficult time on stage. As an award winner he was seated on stage for a long time - near 2 hours - and given his age and condition, he had to frequently go off and back on the stage or beckon the help of others. Perhaps the Academy should have insisted on his presence on stage only during the main award ceremony, given his condition. Luckily, for him and the organisers, he (or his helpers) decided to leave soon after he received the award!


  • At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am from Chennai( though not tamizhian ). I do not have formal training in Carnatic music. But I like to listen to it.

    Tamilnadu govt must do everything it can to popularize it in north too.

  • At 7:04 AM, Blogger carnatic sangeetham said…

    Nice article from you and same it posted in "carnaticsangeetham" yahoo groups!

    Thanks for it and Wish a Happy New Year 2006!

    if your interest please join in http://groups.yahoo.com/group/carnaticsangeetham


  • At 12:25 PM, Blogger romonov said…

    how r u?saw u r post in groups...given a reply there!


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