Award for cine musicians

THE CINE Musicians Union honours more than 25 senior artistes of the industry every year. The forum also gives the recipients cash awards. The expenses are met by a music director who presents the award.

This year Koti sponsored the awards which he gave away on August 18. Ilaiyaraaja, A. R. Rahman, M. M. Keeravani, S. A. Rajkumar and Deva were the sponsors in the earlier years.

This year's ceremony took place at the union auditorium. P. Susheela, K. J. Yesudas and S. P. Balasubramaniam were among those who were honoured. The chief guest was vocalist O. V. Subramanian.

Music director, M. S. Viswanathan, FEFSI president and director K. Balachander, felicitated the award winners. Yesudas thanked the Union and requested that the auditorium be given free of charge to poor musicians to conduct marriage receptions.

The Union president, Mr. A. A. Raj, welcomed the gathering and the secretary, Mr. Sarangapani, proposed a vote of thanks.