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Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Memorial Award presented

Special Correspondent

Sikkil R. Bhaskaran's yeoman services to Carnatic music appreciated



In recognition:T.V. Gopalakrishnan (right) presenting the ‘Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Memorial Award' and gold medal to Sikkil R. Bhaskaran (centre) at a function in Chennai. Trustee Maharajapuram S. Srinivasan is in the picture.

CHENNAI: As part of the 25 {+t} {+h} anniversary celebrations, the ‘Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Memorial Award' and gold medal was conferred on violin exponent Sikkil R. Bhaskaran by musician T.V. Gopalakrishnan on Sunday.

Presenting the award that comprised of a gold medal, shawl, citation and cash prize of Rs.10,000, Mr. Gopalakrishnan appreciated the yeoman services provided by Mr. Bhaskaran to Carnatic music and said that he was a very simple and broad minded person, who obliged the organisers by performing on the appointed date.

“Violinist and mridhangam vidwans are important for any concert. Mr. Bhaskaran conducted the concerts in such a way that enthralled the vidwans and rasikas alike. He comes from a sishya parampara of great violinist Rajamanickam Pillai. He was instrumental in bringing several youths to the main stage including mandolin Srinivasan,” he said.

Mr. Gopalakrishnan also presented ‘Senior Musician' awards to Prapancham Sitaram, Trichur C. Rajendran and T.H. Subhashchandran and ‘Youth Excellence Awards' to B. Vijayagopal, S.J. Arjunganesh and S. Venkataramanan.

The award comprised of shawl, citation and cash prize of Rs.2,000 each.

Felicitating the awardees, N.V. Subramanyam, retired additional general manager, Southern Railway, asked the young musicians to conduct concerts in different parts of the world to raise the level of awareness among the public about the intricacies and beauty of Carnatic music.

“It is highly appreciable that young and educated graduates were taking to Carnatic music. Education would help them to improve their skills during the concerts. People are not aware about the greatness of Carnatic music. In the last 60 years, our culture has taken a beating. We are solely responsible for this. Carnatic music is part of our culture. We expect this generation to spread the message, fill the void, expand the vista and revive the traditional culture,” he said.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Bhaskaran spoke on behalf of the awardees and said “in those days it was easy to identify the artists during AIR programmes because of their unique style.”

He urged the youngsters to emulate the seniors and adept themselves to the changing times.

Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust trustee Maharajapuram S. Srinivasan felicitated the senior and young musicians.

The four-day festival commenced on Sunday in which over 20 young artists would be given a chance to project their talents, he said.

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