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Nithyashree awarded `Isai Peroli'
By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, DEC. 1. The 27th art festival of the Kartik Fine Arts began here today with the awarding ``Isai Peroli'' award to the vocalist, Ms. Nithyashree Mahadevan, and ``Nadanamamani awards'' to the Bharatanatyam exponents, Ms. Uma Muralikrishna, and Ms. Rama Vaidyanathan.

Inaugurating the festival, the Chief Secretary, Mr. P. Shankar, said thanks to the performances of talented and youthful artistes like Ms. Nithyashree, young men and women were flocking concert halls today. Forty or 50 years ago concerts attracted only a few youngsters. Also, he noted, three or four decades ago only Telugu and Sanskrit songs were popular in concerts, with very little time allotted for Tamil. But today, this was changing, again due to young performers.

The Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court, Mr. AR. Lakshmanan, who presided, made a fervant plea to sabhas and artistes to foster Tamil music and art. He also lauded the role played by the late Rajah Serjoji-II of Thanjavur, in patronising fine arts and music.

The Chief Postmaster-General, Dr. U. Srinivasaraghvan, released a first day special cover on Rajah Serfoji, which was received by Mr. Babaji Raja Bhonsle Chatrapathy, scion of the Rajah. Ms. Vyjayantimala Bali, danseuse, inaugurated an exhibition on the Tanjore King.

On the occasion, Mr. R. Rajagopal, secretary, Kartik Fine Arts, was felicitated for his contribution in the past 50- years for fostering music, dance and drama in Chennai.

Mrs. Meenakshi Lakshmanan, Mr. L. Sabaretnam, Chairman and Mr. A. V. S. Raja, president of the sabha among others participated.

Making a donation, Ms. Nityashree wanted the sabha to institute an annual award in the name of D. K. Pattammal, to be given to the best young vocalist.

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