Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Five music stalwarts were honoured for their contributions to the the Carnatic music and dance, at the `Tanjai Naalvar'(Tanjore quartet) music and dance festival here on Thursday.

The festival was hosted by Tanjai Naalvar Music and Dance Gurukulam in memory of veena exponents K. P. Sivanandam and Sarada Sivanandam.

Participating in the festival, N. Murali, managing director, The Hindu and president of Music Academy, said that it was an occasion to honour the `Tanjore quartet' Chinnaiah, Ponnaiah, Sivanandam and Vadivel. Marvelling at their contributions to music and dance, he said they were disciples of Muthuswamy Dikshithar and the lineage of traditional art forms was passed on to the present generation.

Recalling Mr. Sivanandam's service to music, he said that the veena exponent had a multi-faceted career, being a teacher, an author and a performing artiste, who adhered to the purity of music.

V. R. Laxminarayanan, former Director General of Police, lauded the efforts of Chinnaiah Sivakumar, son of Sivanandam, and K. Chandrasekar, son of veteran musician K. P. Kittappa Pillai for organising the festival. Carnatic musician T. N. Seshagopalan, one of the veteran artistes honoured, spoke about therole of the `Tanjore quartet' in the growth of bharatanatyam, music and veena.

Bharatanatyam exponent K. J. Sarasa said that the Tanjore quartet had shaped the present art form of bharatanatyam. Haripriya Ramabadran, founder of Tyagaraja Academy, also participated.

Ninetyfive-year-old doyen of bharatanatyam C. Subarayya Pillai, veena artiste Rajeswari Padmanabhan, and mridangam artiste Guruvayur Durai were the other musicians honoured. Veteran mridangam artiste Thiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam's daughter Harini Bhakthavatsalam received the award on his behalf. The function was preceded by a vocal concert of Sriram Parthasarathy and followed by dance performance of C. V. Chandrasekar.