KARNATAKA

Award for Balamuralikrishna

BANGALORE Nov. 24. The Government will extend a financial grant of Rs.1 lakh to a trust headed by the noted vocalist, Balamuralikrishna, which is carrying out research on Tyagaraja's music compositions.

The Chief Minister, S.M.Krishna, announced the grant at a function here on Sunday organised by the Gayana Samaja to felicitate Balamuralikrishna on his "exemplary achievement" as a vocalist and "Vaggeyakara."

He was conferred with the ``Gayana Sarvabhouma'' Award.

Mr. Krishna regretted that Indian Classical music was not reaching the younger generation effectively. The survival of Indian fine arts was difficult unless traditional and cultural values were imparted to the youth, he said. ``No other city offered proper training in Indian classical music except Chennai. It is the responsibility of the Government to promote and support Indian classical music schools,'' he said.

Responding to the felicitation, Balamuralikrishna said his trust was engaged in preserving Tyagaraja's music compositions.

The noted educationist and former Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor, H.Narasimhaiah, the Minister of State for Kannada and Culture, Rani Satish, the Gayana Samaja President, H.Kamalanath, its Secretary, G.V.Krishna Prasad, and Vice-President, M.R.V.Prasad, were present.