Ilaignar Bhajanai Samajam of Kumbakonam conferred the title “Sankeerthana Kaladhara” on 87-year-old Sethalapathi Soundaraja Bhagavathar during its 40th annual bhajan festival held here recently.

He was also presented a cash award of Rs.1lakh by SASTRA University on the occasion. Ten more bhagavathars were also honoured at the festival.

Lectures on Bhagavatham by R.Rengan, R.Hari, and Visaka Hari formed part of the festival.

Radha Kalyana Mahotsavam was held. Street bhajans were taken out. Krishna Permi Swamigal delivered a religious discourse. S.Balasubramanian, chairman, City Union Bank Ltd, N.Kamakoti, Executive Director of the bank, R.Sethuraman, Vice Chancellor, SASTRA University, participated in the festival.