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Musicians honoured by Tamil Isai Sangam

Ila Ganesan, former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, right, conferring the title ‘Isai Peraringnar’ on mridangam exponent Umayalpuram K Sivaraman, second from right, and ‘Pann Isai Peringnar’ on musician K. Venkatesan, third from right, at the 76th annual Tamil Isai Festival. Honorary secretary of Tamil Isai Sangam A.C. Muthiah and president of Tamil Isai Sangam P.R. Gokulakrishnan are in the photograph.   | Photo Credit: M. Vedhan

Tamil Isai Sangam honoured two musicians — Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman and K. Venkatesan — at the 76th annual Tamil Isai Festival. Mridangam exponent Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman was given the title Isai Perarignar and musician K. Venkatesan the title Pann Isai Perarignar.

At an age where most people’s fingers and hands begin to shake, Mr. Sivaraman was deftly and beautifully playing the mridangam, said former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Ila Ganesan. He spoke about how important it was to pick an odhuvar like Mr. Venkatesan and greatly appreciated the Tamil Isai Sangam for honouring him. “There is a difference [in the way music is viewed] here and in the west,” he added.

Mr. Sivaraman, after accepting the award, said technology had blurred boundaries and with internet, students from across the world were able to learn music from artistes here.

President of Tamil Isai Sangam P.R. Gokulakrishnan and honorary secretary of Tamil Isai Sangam A.C. Muthiah were present on the occasion.

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