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‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ for Sudha Ragunathan

B. Kolappan
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Sudha Ragunathan
Sudha Ragunathan

Vocalist Sudha Ragunathan, who has evolved a mellifluous singing style of her own, has been chosen for the Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy for 2013.

Among the first in her generation to get the prestigious award, Ms. Ragunathan was the unanimous choice of the Executive Committee of the Music Academy. “The award to her represents the transition from musicians of yesteryear to the next generation,” said N. Murali, president of the Music Academy.

Ms. Ragunathan is the fourth generation of musicians from the G. N. Balasubramaniam (GNB) school to receive the award. After GNB himself, who received the award in 1958, it was M.L.Vasanthakumari’s (MLV) turn in 1977. In 2012, the award went to Tiruchur V. Ramachandran, another student of GNB and MLV.

“I cannot measure my happiness in words,” Ms. Sudha Ragunathan told  TheHindu .

A post-graduate in Economics, Ms. Ragunathan learnt music first from her mother V. Chudamani and later came under the tutelage of B.V. Raman. She also excelled in academics and won the outstanding student award three years continuously when she pursued her under-graduate in Ethiraj College.

“Later, a Central government scholarship brought me under the tutelage of MLV for advanced training in Carnatic music,” said Ms. Ragunathan. She was with MLV for 13 years and accompanied her in many concerts.

A Padma Shri awardee, she is a winner of the Isai Perarignar award of the Tamil Isai Sangam and the Tamil Nadu government’s Kalaimamani.

Ms. Ragunathan will preside over the 87{+t}{+h}annual conference of the Music Academy to be held between December 15, 2013 and January 1, 2014. She will be conferred the award at the Sadas on January 1.

Natya Kala Acharya

The Natya Kala Acharya award, instituted two years ago, will go to noted bharathanatyam exponent Chitra Visweswaran.

Also a Padma Shri awardee, Chitra Visweswaran said she was elated to be chosen to receive the one of the most coveted awards in the field of dance. “Yet, I am humbled for it rings a warning bell that one cannot rest on one's laurels and the commitment to serving this art form with devotion gains momentum,” she said.

Chitra Visweswaran, who learnt dance from her mother Rukmini Padmanabhan, Tiruvidaimarudur A. Rajalakshmi and Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai, said, “I have miles to go before I sleep.” The award will be given to her at the inaugural function of the dance festival on January 3, 2014.

 A press release from Music Academy said vocalists D. Pasupathy and Kalyani Sharma have been chosen for the Sangita Kala Acharya awards. TTK awards will go to flautist Prapancham Sitaraman and mridhangist Thanjavur Ramamoorthy and R.S. Jayalakshmi will get the musicologist award. Pappa Venkataramaiah award will be given to H.K. Narasimhamurthy.

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