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Kalaimamani awards announced

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI Oct. 10. Leading film personalities — Murali, Vijaya Shanti, Simran, Koundamani, Senthil and Vivek — are among those named to receive the State Government's prestigious Kalaimamani awards.

The list of awardees, representing literature, arts, cinema, drama and folk arts for the years 2001, 2002 and 2003, was released here today, as also the list of theatre groups and artistic associations which will receive rolling shields and the names of indigent artists to be given a cash assistance of Rs.15,000 each.

The awards and shields are given by the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram on behalf of the Government. The awards function is to be held on November 14.

The same day the Government will be honouring the memory of doyens of yesteryear such as Sivaji Ganesan, S.V. Ranga Rao and Chandrababu.

The following is the list of awardees:

Awards for 2001

Literature: M.R. Gurusamy (Vriddachalam)

Music: Vairamangalam Lakshmi Naryanan, Chennai; Manakkal S. Rangarajan, Chennai; M.A.Sundareswaran (violin), Madurai T.Srinivasan (mridangam), T.M.Krishnamurthy (mridangam), R.Kalyanaraman (ghatam), Rajalakshmi Narayanan (veena), S.Sashank (flute), Seetha Duraiswamy (jalatarangam), Adyar S.Jayaraman (nadhaswaram), Thirunageswaram T.R.Govindarajan (thavil), Valayapatti S.Malarvannan (thavil), P.V.N.Nadhamani (clarionet), K.Somu (devotional songs), Karandhai G.Damodaran (devotional songs), Rathinasabapathy Desikar (thevaram).

Bharatanatyam: Udipi Lakshmi Narayanan, M.V.Narasimhachari and Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari, Nellai D.Kannan, T.K.Padmanabhan, C.R.Radha Badhri.

Drama: Radhu @S.Radhakrishnan, T.K.S.Karuppaiah, `Periyar' Rajavelu, V.Brinda.

Cinema: Murali, Rekha, `Gundu' Kalyanam, T.K.Pugazhendi, A.P.Komala.

Folk Arts: A.Gunavathi (karagam), V.Dakshinamurthy (street play).

Artistes receiving cash assistance: A.P.Srinivasan (musical-dance), G.Paramasiva Rao (folk), V.K.R.Ramani (drama).

Awards for 2002

Literature: L.P.Karu Ramanathan Chettiar; Ponnadiyan

Music: T.S.Narayanasamy (vocal), Meera Sivaramakrishnan (violin), Ramani (veena), Vaikkom R.Gopalakrishnan (ghatam), S.Venkataraman (flute), T.S.Vasudeva Rao (tabla), A.C.Jayaraman (nadhaswaram), S.Kasim (nadhaswaram), Vazhuvur R.Manickavinayakam (light music), Kovai Natarajan (harmonium), S.Sundar (music research).

Bharatanatyam: Krishnaveni Lakshmanan, Ananda Shankar Jayanth, C.V.Chandrasekhar; Mannargudi N.Sakthivadivel, C.P.Venkatesan, Yogam Santhanam, Melattur S.Kumar.

Drama :K.G. `Typist' Gopu, Kovai Anuradha, K.S.Krishnan and Koothapiran.

Cinema: Vijaya Shanti, Vinu Chakravarthy, Goundamani, Senthil, S.M.S.Vasanth.

Folk Arts: Sarangapani (karagam), P.A.Subbulakshmi Palaamadai (villupattu).

Artistes receiving cash assistance: V.S.Azhagesan (musical play), T.P.Chellappa (musical play) and S.Leelavathi (drama).

Awards for 2003

Music: Sulochana Pattabhiraman (vocal), Nagai R.Muralidharan (violin), S.Ravindaran (veena), Mannargudi A.Eswaran (mridangam), R.Raman (morsing), H.Ramakrishnan (konnakkole), Mannargudi M.S.K.Sankaranarayanan (nadhaswaram), Denkanikotta Mani (thavil), Purisai Arunagiri (devotional music).

Bharatanatyam: Thanjavur Rajalakshmi; G.Lakshmi Rajam; K.S.R.Aniruddha; Ramya Ramanarayan.

Drama: Nanjil P.T.Sami, K.R.Rathinam.

Cinema: Prakash Raj, Simran, Kanaka, Vivek, L.Vaidyanathan, Gajapathy.

Musical dance: S.Soundappan

Folk Arts: Thenmozhi Rajendran (karagam), S.Sivasankaran Pillai (Oyilattam).

Other arts: `Rocket' Ramanathan (mimicry), S.Parthasarathi (for spreading art and culture).

Artistes receiving cash assistance: S.P.Anthonysamy (kaliayalattam), A.S.Balasubramaniam (puppetry) and Pavalar Om Muthumari (street play)

The Tamil Isai Sangam, Madurai, will receive the shield for the best cultural forum and the Cauvery Annai Kalai Mandram, Thanjavur, for the best drama troupe.

The portraits of the following late artistes of yesteryear to be unveiled: `Sivaji' Ganesan, T.V.Narayanasamy (drama artiste), M.P.N.Sethuraman (nadhaswaram), C.S.Murugabhoopathy (mridangam), K.V.Mahadevan (music composer), S.V.Venkataraman (music composer), P.S.Veerappa (film actor), Mani Krishnaswamy (vocalist), A.S.Gnanasambandan (litterateur), Kothamangalam Seenu (musical drama), K.T.Santhanam (lyricist), Pandari Bai (actress), Varadaiah (veena), C.T.Rajagandham (actress), D.R.Ramanna (film producer), Devika (actress), S.V.Ranga Rao (actor), J.P.Chandra Babu (actor).

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