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VDS Arts Academy award for the vocalist.
VDS Arts Academy award for the vocalist.

VDS Arts Academy, Nungambakkam High Road, celebrated its 17th anniversary recently.

Renowned Carnatic vocalists ‘Bombay Sisters’ C. Saroja and C. Lalitha were the chief guests.

On the occasion, they both presented awards and prizes to teachers, students and accompanying artists. Teachers — Rajalakshmi Srinivasan (vocal); C.N. Srinivasamurthy (violin); B. Ganesh (mridangam) and Anita Guha (Bharatanatyam) were recognised as ‘Best Gurus.’

Accompanying artists — Girija Ramaswami (vocal), Dhananjayan (mridangam) Kandadevi and S. Vijaya Raghavan (violin) were honoured.

Winners of various other events conducted in the year 2012: G. Abilash, S. Srivatsan, and S. Suchitra, won first, second, and third place respectively in vocal competition; S. Sayee Rakshith and G. Karthik secured the first place in violin and mridangam competition respectively. A music concert by the Bombay Sisters was presented with Usha Rajagopalan on violin; Chidambaram S. Balakrishnan on mridangam and Adambakkam K. Shankar on ghatam.

M. Chander, president of the academy, welcomed the gathering and K. Sridhar, vice-president of the academy, proposed a vote of thanks.

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Suswaraa, Academy for Music and Dance, will celebrate the 24th year of Suswaraa Award function on January 6. On the occasion, the title ‘Sangita Kala Jyoti’ will be conferred on Dr. T.V. Gopalakrishnan and Gnana Saraswatipeeth Puraskar will be presented to Champa Kalkura. Bharatanatyam exponent Nandini Ramani will be felicitated.

A vocal concert will be presented by Dr. T.V. Gopalakrishnan.

The function will be held at Arkay Convention Centre, Luz, Royapettah High Road.

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