The title is in recognition of his "versatile and creative" music and his being "multifaceted personality" "Senior artistes should be allowed to give concerts for a minimum of three hours to showcase their repertoire"
CHENNAI: Renowned Carnatic vocalist Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan was given the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi title by The Music Academy on Monday.
Mr. Seshagopalan, who also presided over the Academy's 80th annual conference, was given the award during the Sadas, the academy's annual convocation. The Sadas also marked the end of the conference and the Academy's 18-day music festival, which had featured 80 concerts and 300 artistes.
Mr. Seshagopalan was given the award for his "versatile and creative" music and for being a "multifaceted personality" and "a respected guru with many disciples," the citation said.
"Musician of profound wisdom"
Conferring the award on him, which also included an insignia, vocalist Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, himself a Sangita Kalanidhi, said Mr. Seshagopalan was a musician of profound wisdom. The Music Academy was a unique institution rendering a yeoman service to classical music. It was necessary that senior artistes should be allowed to give concerts for a minimum of three hours to showcase their repertoire. The Academy should also consider holding music appreciation classes to widen the reach of classical music, Mr. Krishnamurthy said.
Mr. Krishnamurthy conferred the `Sangita Kala Acharya' awards on Bharatanatyam guru C.V. Chandrasekhar and music teacher Seetha Rajan, the TTK Awards on violinist A. Kanyakumari and vainika Padmavathy Ananthagopalan and the Vaggeyakara Award on composer Suguna Purushothaman.
Earlier, in his welcome address, N. Murali, president, The Music Academy, commended Mr. Seshagopalan's brilliant contributions to the annual conference. The music season had been a resounding success, as there had been huge turnouts for both vintage classical music concerts and those by young, contemporary musicians.
TVS Motors' contribution
The Academy was in for a modernisation of infrastructure facilities and amenities and was grateful for "the significant and spontaneous donation" from Venu Srinivasan, through his company TVS Motors, towards the modernisation project. "If all goes well, and if we have more donors like Mr. Venu Srinivasan, you can enjoy the next season with greatly enhanced comfort and convenience," Mr. Murali said. The Academy's first-ever dance festival would be held from January 3 to 9 in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Academy featuring Bharatanatyam.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Seshagopalan said the award had been made possible through the grace of his gurus and the patronage of his rasikas.
Vidwan Thirupambaram S. Shanmugasundaram felicitated Mr. Seshagopalan, while vocalist R. Vedavalli felicitated the other awardees.
The Academy also felicitated top artistes, including Sanjay Subramaniam, Sudha Raghunathan, O.S. Arun, S. Sowmya, T.M. Krishna and the Malladi brothers — all of whom had performed at the concerts — with endowment and cash awards. Awards were also given to sub-senior and junior artistes.
M.S. Pattabhiraman and Lakshmi Viswanathan, vice-presidents of the Academy, and M.S. Venkataraman, joint secretary, spoke.