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`Sangeetha Kalasarathy' conferred on Balamuralikrishna

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The vocalist, M. Balamurlikrishna, who received the `Sangeetha Kalasarathy' title at the 102nd year music festival of the Parthasarathy Swami Sabha seen with Srimad Andavan Rangaramanuja Mahadesikan and Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti , sabha president, in Chennai on Monday. — Photo: N. Sridharan

CHENNAI DEC. 16. The Parthasarathy Swami Sabha conferred the ``Sangeetha Kalasarathy'' title on the vocalist, M. Balamuralikrishna, at its 102nd year music festival, which commenced today. The honour was conferred by Srimad Andavan, Rangaramanuja Mahadesikan.

The `birudhu patra' said the title, which carried a citation and a medal, was being given to Mr. Balamuralikrishna for his dedicated and continued service to Carnatic music. A cash award of Rs.5,000 was also given.

In his address, Srimad Andavan explained the significance and the nuances of the `Sangeeta Sampradayam', `Sruti' and `Gaanam'. The musical theory had been detailed in ancient literature and it was not new. The rich musical tradition should be preserved and fostered.

The former Director of Doordarshan, Chennai, A. Natarajan, recalled his association with Mr. Balamuralikrishna and said the musician began giving concerts when he was just eight years old. ``He represented a new era in Carnatic music''. He was a great poet, composer and musicologist.

Mr. Balamuralikrishna said that `sampradayam' was the basic structure. The styles differed and there was nothing wrong in it.

The mridangist, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, and the sabha president, Nalli Kuppuswami Chetty, were among others who offered felicitations. Jaya Arunachalam, social activist, lighted the `traditional lamp'.

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