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Sangita Kalanidhi for Trichy Sankaran

Mridangam maestro Trichy Sankaran was presented the Sangita Kalanidhi title on January 1, 2012 at the concluding day, Sadas, of the Music Academy music festival.

Former governor of the Reserve Bank of India Y V Reddy, who presented the award on Sunday, drew parallels between finance and fine arts: “If the core of banking is finance and everything else revolves around it, the core of music is classical music.”

Reddy eulogised the Toronto-based mridangam exponent as a multi-faceted genius who excelled as classical musician and teacher and contributed to “globalisation of classical music”

He praised the Music Academy for its yeoman service in reviving, propagating and developing classical music and making the music festival perhaps the largest in the world.

Reddy also presented the Sangita Kala Acharya award to vocalists vidushi Neela Ramgopal and vidushi Rama Ravi, the TTK award to vidwan Mayavaram Somasundaram (kanjira) and vidushi T R Navaneetham (flute), and the musicologist award to M.B. Vedavalli.

Veena exponent Karaikudi Subramanian felicitated Trichy Sankaran.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Sankaran paid tributes to his parents (the late Subbaraya Iyer and Subbalakshmi), his first tutor Poovalur A. Venkataraman, mentor in the early days M.N. Kandaswamy Pillai, guru Palani M. Subramania Pillai of the Pudukottai parampara.

Music Academy president N Murali said the fortnight-long festival was successful in terms of quality and variety of performances, response from rasikas, scholarship of the academic sessions and generous sponsorship.

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