Eminent Sarod player Rajiv Taranath of Mysore has been selected for this year’s Pandit Basavaraj Rajguru National Award, instituted by the Pandit Basavaraj Rajguru National Memorial Trust.
Hindustani classical vocalist Kaushik Aithal of Bangalore and tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee of Kolkata have been chosen for the young artiste award. Mr. Taranath will get a purse of Rs. 1 lakh and a citation, while Mr. Aithal and Mr. Kaushik will be presented a purse of Rs. 25,000 each.
Chandrakanth Bellad, trust chairman, told presspersons here on Friday that Deputy Commissioner Sameer Shukla would present the awards at the 93rd birth anniversary of Basavaraj Rajguru at the Srijana auditorium here on August 24.
Gavisiddheshwara Swami of the Gavi Math, Koppal, and literary critic Giraddi Govindaraj would be present. All India Radio programme executive C.U. Bellakki would release a book on music.
Mr. Taranath is the only Sarod player in south India. A former professor of English at the University of Mysore, he developed an interest in Sarod after listening to a performance by Ali Akbar Khan. He has conducted concerts in India and abroad and also served as the music teacher at California University and Pennsylvania University in the U.S. He also worked as a music director in Kannada films. He has won awards from the Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy and the Karnataka State Sangeet Natak Academy.
Kaushik Aithal is an up-and-coming Hindustani classical vocalist from Bangalore.
He studied music under Humayun Harlapur and Parameshwar Hegde. Besides being taught in the Kirana-Gwalior Gharana and Patiala Gahrana, Mr. Aithal studied khayal too. He is known for the melodious singing of bhajan, Marathi abhang and ranga sangeet. He is an accredited musician of AIR and a winner of ITC Sangeet Academy award.
Mr. Chatterjee, a popular name among young tabla artistes, has accompanied stalwarts such as Hariprasad Chaurasia, Amjad Ali Khan, and Shiv Kumar Sharma.