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“Vintage Padams” released

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The CD is a tribute to Sangeeta Kalanidhi T. Brinda

— Photo: V. Ganesan

tribute to dance: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala with Kanimozhi (centre) at the valedictory of the Bharat Sangeet Utsav 2007 in Chennai on Sunday. Alamelu Mani (right) is in the picture.

CHENNAI: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala released a CD titled “Vintage Padams”, a tribute to the Sangeeta Kalanidhi T. Brinda, at the valedictory session of Bharat Sangeet Utsav 2007 in Chennai on Sunday.

The padams are rendered by two of Brinda’s disciples, Alamelu Mani and Kalyani Sharma.

The first copy was received by Member of Parliament Kanimozhi, who noted that Brinda came from the distinguished lineage of Veena Dhanammal, who cherished and gathered rare padams and javalis as part of the family heritage.

“Hers is one of the most important names in the history of Carnatic music. She respected her art, carried it with such pride,” said Ms. Kanimozhi.

Congratulating Mrs. Mani and Mrs. Sharma for their compilation, she said the CD would be a valuable resource for classical dancers and the future of dance.

The Governor also lauded the producers of the CD and Carnatica, the organisers of the Utsav, for their efforts to propagate classical music and dance. Carnatica was to be appreciated for its efforts to use new technologies such as a mobile Gurukalam and a cyber Vidyalaya to promote traditional Indian art forms across the globe, he said.

The valedictory session was followed by “Sham-e-Ghazal”, a concert by ghazal vocalist Hariharan and his team of musicians.

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