Thavil maestro Valayapatti A.R. Subramaniam honoured
Speaking about the spread of Indian culture across the world, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said, “You can take the Indian out of India, but you cannot take India out of the Indian.”
Indians will always take their culture, tradition and food habits with them wherever they go. This was an indication that Indian art and culture will never die, he said.
Speaking at the felicitation ceremony for Thavil maestro Valayapatti A.R. Subramaniam on Sunday, Mr. Chidambaram said the advent of new gadgets like the iPod, iPad, CDs and DVDs, people were better able to appreciate music. Youngsters especially were more interested in the arts after this improvement in technology, he said.
With an increased encouragement to learn art forms, there are experts in every art form available and the arts were getting a new lease of life, he said.
The Minister praised Mr. Subramaniam for taking Thavil music to a new level and making it possible for people to appreciate it without being accompanied by the Nadaswaram. He also mentioned that he was proud that his constituency with places like Karaikudi, Valayampatti and Kunnakudi were so famous for arts.
Addressing the gathering, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy said that performing arts in India were very important, with each State and district having its own art form.
There is nothing like music to promote peace, he said. India was producing a lot of talent in the arts, with many youngsters taking up various art forms. Arts were important for the growth of the country, he said.
Speaking at the function Chief Minister N. Rangasamy said that Puducherry was proud of its artists and the government was doing its best to encourage them.
Mr. Subramaniam addressing the audience said that hard work was the reason for him to have received so many awards. Alcoholism was one of the main reasons for many talented musicians to ruin their careers, so he warned the musicians not to indulge in it. During the function, the Thavil maestro was awarded ‘Thavil Ulaga Pithamagan' title by Mr. Chidambaram. Speaker V. Sabapathy, former Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam and Puducherry Pradesh Congress president A.V. Subramanian spoke.
After the felicitation, 101 Thavil players performed together.