TAMIL NADU

Bharatanatyam exponent honoured

T. Somnath, DGM-HR, Bharat Petroleum, giving away the birudhu `Vani Kala Sudhakara' to Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, at the inauguration of the 14th Bharatham festival of the Tyaga Brahma Gana Sabha in Chennai on Friday. Looking on (from left) are: M. Srinivasan, vice-persident, S. Parthasarathy, secretary, Deccan Moorthy, president and danseuse Padma Subramaniam. — Photo: K. V. Srinivasan

T. Somnath, DGM-HR, Bharat Petroleum, giving away the birudhu `Vani Kala Sudhakara' to Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, at the inauguration of the 14th Bharatham festival of the Tyaga Brahma Gana Sabha in Chennai on Friday. Looking on (from left) are: M. Srinivasan, vice-persident, S. Parthasarathy, secretary, Deccan Moorthy, president and danseuse Padma Subramaniam. — Photo: K. V. Srinivasan  

CHENNAI Jan. 3. The first Vani Kala Sudhakara birudhu of the Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha was conferred on the Bharatanatyam exponent, Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, here today by T. Somnath, Deputy General Manager-HR, Bharat Petroleum, who also inaugurated the sabha's 14th Bharatham festival.

According to the citation, Ms. Manjula, is the only non-resident Indian to be conferred the State's Kalaimamani title in 1999, in recognition of her role in promoting the art form in Europe.

Danseuse Padma Subramaniam said Ms. Manjula was a perfectionist who had not ``lost traditional values of the Hindu society. Her commitment to religion, art and way of life'' was why she has been in the field for two decades.''

Ms. Manjula said the award was ``an honour for dancers who live abroad and work to preserve this ancient art form, one of the beautiful gifts that India had to give to the world.''

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