CHENNAI: Noted dancer Vyjayantimala Bali, P.V.Krishnamoorthy, former Director General, Doordarshan, and Geeta Doctor, dance and art critic, were honoured with the ‘Angarag Lifetime Achievement’ award on Friday.
N. Murali, Managing Director, The Hindu, said Angarag had brought the spring festival, for the first time, to Chennai. Talking about the different dance forms of Orissa, he said these cultural traditions were also found in other parts of the country.
The spring festival was unique in that it helped in interaction and interface among artists from different parts of the country. He also lauded the efforts of the organisers at arranging such programmes and documenting the traditional art forms.
Kanimozhi, Member of Parliament, said every art form was a melody that brought out the greatness of human beings.
Art and music transcended the boundaries and united people.
Mr. Murali released the fifth volume of the Angarag journal, handing over the first copy to Ms. Kanimozhi.
Dance was not mere technique, said Ms. Vyjayantimala Bali. There had to be passion that would lead the artist to aesthetics, which would take him or her to the divine. Art was truly divine. The Indian art forms had become global, she said.
The award carried a shawl and a citation. The organisation also presented awards to Nabaghan Parida of Orissa and Sivarajah Natarajan, set and light designer of Kuala Lumpur.
Dinanath Pathy, chairman, Guru Debaprasad Dance Institute, Orissa, and Soubagya Pathy, Editor, Angarag, spoke.