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Ms.Asha Bhosle received the award for the year 2002 for her outstanding contributions to Indian music. It was a special award that Mr.Manna Dey received for enriching Indian music with his mellifluous voice over the past several decades.
Addressing the gathering after lighting the traditional lamp, the Governor, Sikandar Bakht, observed that music was a force powerful enough to transcend the barriers of religion, region and all such divides. Indian music was rich both in harmony and melody and was capable of elevating the souls to ethereal sublimity. Artists were indeed superior to ordinary mortals, he said, paying rich tributes to Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey and Yesudas.
Mr.Yesudas in his address maintained that music was a binding factor and suggested that the divisive tendencies in society should be got rid off in the greater interests of the nation.
He also presented the Swaralaya-Kairali awards for emerging talents in music to Yassin Nizar and Athira K.Krishnan in the junior category and to Synoj T.T. and Rupa K.R., in the senior division.
The chairman of the award committee, O.N.V.Kurup, presided over the function. V.S.Sivakumar, MP, and film actor Murali spoke. G.Rajmohan, chairman, Swaralaya, welcomed the gathering and V.Krishna Kumar of Kairali channel, proposed a vote of thanks.
Both Ms.Asha Bhosle and Mr.Manna Dey replied to the felicitations.
Over 40 songs from different languages were presented by a host of singers, including Yesudas, his son Vijay Yesudas, G.Venugopal and Sujatha at the `Ganamela' that followed the award presentation ceremony.
Manna Dey enthralled the audience with his evergreen Malayalam number `Manasa maine' from the national award winning film, the "Chemmeen'', besides some of his hits in Hindi. Noted Malayalam actor Vineeth also figured among the dancers who performed at the `Gandharva Sandhya'. The orchestra was conducted by music director Sharath and M.S.Nazeem.
The `Gandharva Sandhya' did really live up to its name with music and dance filling the twilight hours in the Nisangandhi open auditorium today. However, even as the auditorium was packed beyond capacity, several hundreds who had turned up on invitation and with entry passes had to return disappointed, not being able to make it to the venue.
Manna Dey, who turned up around 6 p.m., had to wait for three hours to render his first song and the great maestro did not hide his displeasure. He was also annoyed at the orchestra not being able to provide him the accompaniment that he desired or deserved. "Why are you treating me as an alien? Come on, join me'', he was heard entreating the orchestra team.
However, Yesudas provided some lighter moments during the course of the `Ganamela'. He was quick to respond to the request that he sing a duet with Sujatha and selected a recent hit from the Malayalam film "Meesa Madhavan''. When she fumbled initially in the presence of her senior, Yesudas was seen giving a helping hand to Sujatha and at the end of it he seemed to be satisfied over his own performance as well as that of his junior partner.
He also aroused a feeling of nostalgia with the other two numbers he rendered--`Innale neeyoru sundara ragamayi' and `Thenum vayambum navil thookum vanambadi'.
Asha Bhosle left the venue soon after receiving the award, not obliging to requests for a song, for she was not feeling well. She, however, impressed the audience with her salutation in Malayalam, which was greeted with a round of loud applause. Asha also described `Yesudasji' as `Kaladas', a disciple of arts.
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