Music director-singer V. Dakshinamurthy has been selected for the Swati Sangeetha Puraskaram for 2012, instituted by the State government. Cultural Affairs Minister K. C. Joseph announced the award here on Friday. The award, which carries a purse of Rs.1 lakh and a plaque, was decided by a jury comprising Soorya Krishnamurthy, Kavalam Sreekumar, Vanaja (principal, Sree Swati Tirunal College of Music), Ramesh Narayanan and Additional Chief Secretary Sajan Peter. – Special Correspondent

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