Maharajapuram Santhanam Award for Nagai R. Muralidharan
CHENNAI: The Maharajapuram Santhanam Foundation honoured violin vidwan Nagai R. Muralidharan with the Maharajapuram Santhanam Memorial Award for his contribution to Carnatic music and for having inducted many students in the field.
The award, presented at a function here recently, comprised a gold medal, cash prize and a citation.
The foundation also presented ‘Meritorious Awards for Excellence’ to vocalist Sherthalai R. Ranganatha Sharma, mridangist Sherthalai R. Ananthakrishnan and ghatam vidwan V. Suresh. All the awards have been instituted under the endowment of industrialist of P. Obul Reddy.
Carnatic vocalist Sanjay Subramaniam, who felicitated the award winners, said the dharma of an accompanying artist was to support the main vocalist or instrumentalist and help him bring out the best in his performance.
Musicians Madurai G.S. Mani and Sikkil R. Bhaskaran suggested that a wax museum on the lines of Madame Tussauds be created for Carnatic musicians.
Maharajapuram Srinivasan said the Foundation had been giving away awards to artists since 1993 and the first award went to Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.
He recalled that his father (Maharajapuram Santhanam) used to say that Nagai Muralidharan was a violinist who had immense knowledge and provided able support to the main artist.
Mridangists T.V. Gopalakrishnan and Srimushnam Raja Rao felicitated the awardees.
In his response, Nagai R. Muralidharan, said retaining traditions was important in Carnatic music.
He recalled how senior artists used to encourage youngsters.