TAMIL NADU

Virtuoso awards given

SIGNAL HONOUR: D. K. Pattammal receiving the Lifetime Award from A. V. M. Saravanan in Chennai on Friday. Her husband Easwaran looks on. — Photo: V. Ganesan

SIGNAL HONOUR: D. K. Pattammal receiving the Lifetime Award from A. V. M. Saravanan in Chennai on Friday. Her husband Easwaran looks on. — Photo: V. Ganesan  

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Those who did not turn up to fill the remaining half of Kamarajar Arangam on Friday missed something.

There was commendation, song, dance, rap, rhythm, light and colour all poured onto the stage at the Virtuoso Awards 2005.

After Sudha Raghunathan's rendition of the invocation, `Kuraiyondrum Illai,' the glitzy awards show began.

As the reel show on the wings portrayed the musician who began her career at the age of 14, D.K. Pattammal was wheeled on to the stage with her characteristic silk, diamonds and smile. A.V.M. Saravanan presented her the Lifetime Achievement award.

Nalli Kuppusamy Chetty presented Sudha Raghunathan the Best Carnatic vocalist award for her 35-year music career.

One Grammy winner Vikku Vinayakram presented the best classical instrumentalist award to another Grammy awardee, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat, who modified the guitar and rechristened it the Mohan Veena.

Vikku Vinayakram was on stage again to present the best percussionist award to Sivamani, who called upon his mother to receive the award from his guru.

The versatility award winner was S.P. Balasubramaniam, who received it from Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat. As a reply, `SPB' reciprocated with a series of Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi songs and the most contemporary `Devuda Devuda,' ending his thanks with `Endaro Mahanubhavulu.'

Hariharan received the award for versatility in all forms of music. Accompanied by Stephen on the keyboard and Sivamani on percussion, Hariharan had the pulse of the audience when he sang `Thamizha Thamizha' and `Krishna Nee Begane Baro,' the popular Colonial Cousins number.

K.S. Chitra received the female versatility award from Hariharan. Dancers from John Britto's Academy performed to `Vande Mataram.'

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