The Music Academy, Madras, in association with the Indira Sivasailam Endowment Fund,  will organise during this year’s Navaratri season, a memorial concert  by a renowned classical musician who will also be presented a medal and a citation. This annual event will recognise an outstanding Carnatic musician selected by a panel comprising of members from the Endowments Committee of the Academy and Mallika Srinivasan, Vice-Chairman, TAFE, and daughter of A. Sivasailam, Chairman, Amalgamations Limited, and the late Indira Sivasailam.

A unanimous choice, the first recipient of the award is Sudha Ragunathan.  The selection was made on the basis of specific criteria which include excellence in performance, audience appeal, adherence to classical tradition while innovating within its framework, depth of knowledge and demonstrated efforts to disseminate knowledge and the ability to bring about a greater and deeper public appreciation of Carnatic music.

The event will be held at the Music Academy on October 15, 6 p.m. and open to all members of the Music Academy and other Invitees.