Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Renowned Carnatic musician Neyyattinkara Vasudevan has been selected for the Swati Puraskaram, instituted by the State Government, for 2006.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Monday, Cultural Affairs Minister M.A. Baby said the award, carrying a purse of Rs.1 lakh, a sculpture and a citation, would be presented to Mr. Vasudevan at a function in the capital city soon.

Hailing from Neyyattinkara, to the south of Thiruvananthapuram district, he studied in the Swati Tirunal College of Music here. The Carnatic music world realised his immense potential during his initial days of performance itself. Here was a singer in the truly classical mould who was not afraid of innovations. This twin quality made him acceptable to both the traditionalists and the innovators. To the delight of both, he soon took the Carnatic music world by storm. His concerts were eagerly awaited in the music circuits of Kerala. The sheer brilliance of his rendering made him acceptable to even the most exclusive institutions engaged in the promotion of exquisite music and brilliant singers.

He has succeeded in grooming up a group of talented young singers who are expected to do him proud in the coming days.

A jury headed by Sangeetha Nataka Akademi chairman Murali selected Mr. Vasudevan for the award.

Musicians Remesh Narayanan and B. Arundhati and Sree Swathi Tirunal College of Music Principal Rajalakshmi were the members of the jury.

Semmangudi Sreenivasa Iyer, Ustad Bismilla Khan, D.K. Pattammal, K.V. Narayanswami, T.N. Krishnan, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Kalamandalam Sankaran Embranthiri, Mavelikara R. Prabhakara Varma and Umayalpuram Sivaraman are the past winners of the award.