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The Honorary Adviser to the Andhra Pradesh Government (Culture), M. Balamuralikrishna (fourth from left) with the award winners at the Music Academy ``sadas'' in Chennai on Thursday. From left to right are Guruvayur Dorai, M. S. Anantharaman, Adyar Lakshmanan, T. T. Vasu (seated), T. V. Sankaranarayanan, S. R. D. Vaidyanathan and Madurai Srinivasan. Photo: V. Ganesan
Five other musicians and a Natyacharya were also honoured in recognition of their services to music and Bharatanatyam.
The ``Birudu Patras'' (citation) said the awards were being given as a mark of personal distinction.
The award of ``Sangita Kalanidhi'' carried a gold medal and Rs.10,000. M.S. Anantharaman and Natyacharya Adyar Lakshmanan were honoured with ``Sangita Kalcharya'' which carried a gold medal and Rs.5,000.
S.R.D. Vaidhyanathan and Guruvayur Dorai were conferred the TTK Award of Rs.2,500. The Papa Venkataramiah Award which carried Rs.5,000 and the Vaggeyakara Award consisting of a gold medal were given to A. Kanyakumari and Madurai T. Srinivasan respectively.
M. Balamuralikrishna, Honorary Adviser to the Andhra Pradesh Government, Culture (Music), complimented the academy for its services in promoting performing arts. He said the academy was one of the pioneer organisations. It was responsible for what he was today.
Mr. Balamuralikrishna also gave away awards to other vidwans and vidushis. The academy president, T.T. Vasu, said there were 24 academic sessions during the 15-day festival.
Felicitating Mr. Sankaranarayanan, educationist Ms.Y.G. Parthasarathy said the musician was one among the most popular vocalists. He kept up the standards of singing whereever he sang. Mr. Sankaranarayanan and Adyar Lakshmanan spoke.
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