Coimbatore: The five-day Pongal Music Festival at the Coimbatore Kendra of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan got off to a start in the city on Wednesday with the conferment of Sangeeth Samrat Award on thavil maestro Valayapatti AR. Subramaniam.
Chairman of Bhavan’s Coimbatore Kendra B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar explained that the festival has grown to become a significant event in the city over the last 15 years.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan stood for the promotion of Indian culture and heritage and believed in recognising and honouring outstanding talent. Mr. Subramaniam was chosen for the award in keeping with this tradition of the organisation.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Subramaniam appealed for an annual festival of music in several temples in the State. While there were 40,000 temples in the State, at least 1,000 of them had vibrant annual festivals. Each of these should hold a ten-day festival of music and dance every year. This would help in patronising the art forms. He also requested parents to ensure that their children learnt Tamil to preserve the State’s culture. Member of Bhavan’s Management Committee, Coimbatore, S. Krishnamurthy presented the Kovai Subri Muruga Gana Award to K.V. Nataraja Bagavathar for his services in the field of music.
The awards ceremony was followed by a music recital by Aruna Sairam and party.