Staff Reporter

THRISSUR: The Chembai Award, instituted by the Guruvayur Devaswom in memory of legendary vocalist Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, was presented to violin maestro M.S. Gopalakrishnan at a meeting in Guruvayur on Thursday.

The award carries a purse of Rs.50,000, a gold medal and a citation. Mr. Gopalakrishnan was a close associate of Chembai Bhagavathar.

The Manavedan Puraskaram, instituted by the Devaswom, was presented to V.R. Krishnan Namboodiri.

Speaker K. Radhakrishnan inaugurated the 32nd Chembai music festival on Thursday.