It turned out to be an evening with a bundle of surprises for Carnatic vocalist Sudha Ragunathan who was felicitated at Hamsadhwani on Saturday.
A figurine of Lord Vishnu, which was brought on a palanquin, was presented to Sudha Ragunathan, who was recently conferred with the coveted ‘Sangitha Kalanidhi’ title.
Felicitating Ms. Ragunathan at the 24th annual music and drama festival, Thangam Meghanathan, chairperson of Rajalakshmi Group of Institutions, described her as an inspiration to the younger generation.
Calling her a multi-faceted personality, writer Sivasankari said it was befitting to honour her on Women’s Day. Ms. Ragunathan is humble, dedicated to music and a perfectionist, she said.
Accepting the honour bestowed upon her, Ms. Ragunathan said, “These are moments filled with emotion and gratitude.” While awards are recognition for artistes, they also remind one of the responsibility to live up to the expectations of rasikas, she said. Ms. Ragunathan was also presented with a book authored by Wayne W. Dyer. Hamsadhwani’s president, Ramnath S. Mani, one of the vice-presidents, M. Murali, and one of the secretaries, R. Sundar, were present at the function, which was followed by her concert.