Jayatheerth Mevundi and Sangeeta Katti presented ‘Yuva Puraskar'
The first Pt. Basavaraj Rajguru Memorial National Award was conferred on vocalist Pt. Ullas Kashalkar of Kolkata here on Wednesday evening during the 91st birth anniversary of Pandit Basavaraj Rajaguru.
The national award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh and a citation. On the occasion two young musicians Jayateerth Mevundi and Sangeet Katti were conferred the Pt. Basavaraj Rajguru Memorial Yuva Puraskars which carry a cash prize of Rs. 25,000 each and a citation. Mayor Poorna Patil, MLA and chairman of Pt. Rajaguru National Memorial Trust Chandrakanth Bellad and MLA Seema Masuti presented the awards to the musicians and honoured them. Responding to the honour, Pt. Kashalkar said that he was honoured to receive the award in Dharwad, which had given birth to several legendary musicians. And he attributed the award to his guru. Vocalist Sangeeta Katti recalled her association with Pt. Rajaguru and the encouragement she received from him in becoming a classical singer.
Writer Rishabhendraswamy said that although Dharwad was known for music, efforts to establish a music university in Dharwad had failed. “At least now, efforts should be made to set up a private university on music,” he said.
Making introductory remarks, son of Pt. Rajaguru, Nijaguna Rajaguru, said the trust would soon be starting a music school and under its aegis monthly music programmes would be held.
He said the trust had the plan to bring out the biography of Pt. Rajaguru and the process had started. “We plan to bring out a CD on the recordings of Pt. Rajaguru,” he said.
Members of the trust Somanath Maradur, Bharatidevi Rajaguru, Uday Desai, and G.M. Hegde were present. Later, the award winners paid musical tribute to Pt. Rajaguru.