The 14th annual Sangeethothsavam of Sri Rama Bhaktha Jana Samaj was inaugurated on Saturday in K.K. Nagar. Speaking after the inauguration of the festival, the member secretary of the Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram Ilayabharathi said Tamilians invariably excelled in different fields, including those related to the arts.

More efforts were needed to promote ‘Tamil Isai', he said.

He requested the Sri Rama Bhaktha Jana Samaj office-bearers to contribute effort towards the promotion of Tamil Isai.

On the occasion, the Samaj conferred the ‘Sangeetha Maamani' title on Bombay Sisters, C. Saroja and C. Lalitha.

The Samaj also conferred the ‘Sangeetha Seva Kala Rathna' on R. Krishnaswami, secretary, Narada Gana Sabha.

The award carries a shawl, a citation and a cash purse of Rs. 5,000 each.

Government recognition

In his speech Mr. Krishnaswami said the State Government had recognised the Sabha presidents and secretaries by presenting them the Kalaimaamani award. The same award should also be given to the programme organisers, he said.

This story has been corrected on 20 December, 2010.