Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Noted film, social and cultural historian Randor Guy was honoured with the ‘Gnana Samudhra’ award here on Sunday.

At a function organised to mark the fifth anniversary of Samudhra, a monthly magazine dedicated to art and culture, speakers felicitated Mr. Guy for his contribution to the field of arts through his well-researched and interesting articles for leading publications.

Chairman and managing director of Indian Bank M.S. Sundararajan said Indian music and culture were eternal, and despite the growth of private television channels music would retain its place. He commended the Samudhra team for covering music, dance and drama extensively.


Former director of Doordarshan A. Natarajan said Mr.Guy was multifaceted and contributed significantly to several areas such as literature, journalism, theatre, films and documentary films. He commended ‘Mudhra’ Bhaskar and Radha Bhaskar of Samudhra for their dedicated effort.

He suggested that contact details of folk and north Indian musicians also be included in the ‘Musician’s diary-cum-directory,’ which was earlier launched at the function. The 5th anniversary edition of Samudhra, its 61st issue was also launched on the occasion.

Dancer and dance critic Nandini Ramani and Director of Nithra Institute of Sleep Sciences N. Ramakrishnan lauded the organisers for their contribution. Noted vocalist Nithyasree Mahadevan said Samudhra was a very informative and entertaining magazine. She commended Mudhra, the parent organisation, for its difference in approach.

Mr.Guy shared some interesting anecdotes in his career and had the audience roaring in laughter.