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Maestro's anniversary observed
Sri Ariyakkudi & K.V. Narayanaswamy Memorial Trust and Sri Krishna Sweets observed the 12th Anniversary of music maestro Palghat K.V. Narayanswamy. On the occasion, a number of concerts were organized which included a violin duet by A.kanyakumari and Embar Kannan.

Dikshitar Akhandam
Bharatiya Sangeetha Vaibhavam presented a twelve hour Akhandam of Shri Muthuswamy Dikshitar's kritis on 16th March at Music Academy Mini Hall. L.V.Subramaniam, Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Government of Andhra Pradesh and Cleveland Sundaram were the chief guests.V. Sriram, noted Carnatic Music Historian gave a special lecture on the life and works of Shri Muthuswamy Dikshitar. Concerts were presented by Seetha Rajan & disciples, Lakshmi Rangarajan, Cuddalore Janany, TNS Krishna, Prince Rama Varma, Malladi Brothers and Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam.

Awards conferred
Sri Krishna Gana Sabha presented the 'SKGS Life Time Achievement Award ' in Theatre on T.D.Sundararajan, SKGS Award of Excellence in Theatre on Kovai Padmanabhan (Kovai Paddhu), Dummies V.Sridhar (Actor), Geetha Narayanan (Actress), B.Thulasidas(Technician- Costumes of S.Ramasamy Naidu & Co) in recognition of their contribution to theatre . P.S.Sachu (Member Secretary, Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Mandram) presided over the function and conferred the award.Veteran actor Koothapiran felicitated the awardees.

Tribute to a legend
Guruguhaamrta organized a function on 29th March, 2014 at Arkay Convention Centre, to pay tribute to music maestro Dr. R.K. Srikantan (1920-2014) who passed away recently. On the occasion, the Swetharanyam Sisters (Nithya and Vidya) gave a musical homage.

Purandaradasa Aradhana celebrated
Shri Purandaradaasar Trust (SPT), Chennai celebrated the 450th Aradhana of Sri Purandaradasar and the 2nd Annual Music Festival on 30th March 2014 at Infosys Hall, RKM School Chennai. The festival was inaugurated with the lighting of Kuthuvilakku by Santhi Ramakrishnan followed by a vocal concert of Calcutta V.N.Shankar The felicitation function commenced with S.Chandrasekaran, welcomed the gathering.
This year, `Vidwan A.R.Kannan Memorial Award' was conferred on the veteran organizer and music connoisseur Sri R.Krishnamurthy, Secretary Thrimoorthy Sangeetha Sabha, Pozhichalur.`Dasa Kala Rathna' awards were conferred on Madurai Balasubramaniam, KR Ganesh and AS Krishnan.The `Kalaimamani' Mridanga Vidwan Late Kumbakonam Sri R.N.Ganesan award, which was sponsored by his family members was conferred on senior mridangam Vidwan Tanjore S.Subramanian. K.Ramakrishnan, Secretary, SPT proposed vote of thanks. A grand Namasankeerthanam concert by Dr.R.Ganesh followed.

Trinity Jayanthi Fest
Saraswathi Vaggeyakara Trust inaugurated its Music Trinity Jayanthi festival on 27th March 2014, at Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, Chennai. R.Krishnamoorthy, President of Narada Gana Sabha inaugurated and this was followed by a concert of R.Vedavalli accompanied by RK Sriramkumar, Mannargudi Easwaran and N.Guruprasad.

Music for a cause
Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) had a shot in the arm for its Vision 2020 project which aims to build at least 20 Eye hospitals across India by the year 2020. Their recent charity concert in Chicago inspired an anonymous donor to pledge US$2 million in support of a hospital in West Bengal.
The event was all the more significant because this was not a Rock n' roll or Pop concert but a first of its kind Trigulbandhi a coming together of three distinct classical styles of India Carnatic, Hindustani and Odissi dance. The feature artistes of the event were Chitravina N Ravikiran, santoor maestro Pt Tarun Bhattacharya and Odissi exponent, Sanchita Bhattacharya, on a nationwide tour for SEF covering about 15 cities including Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and Detroit.
Murali Krishnamurthy, founder and executive chairman of SEF-USA was overjoyed at the response in Chicago. “This is a tribute to all the volunteers and well-wishers of SEF's great cause”, he said.
Chitravina N Ravikiran said, “While every credit must go to the donors and organisers, this is still a tremendous reinforcement of the motivating power of pure classical music and dance that can inspire people to respond generously to such positive causes. We feel proud and humbled at the same time.”
Pt Tarun Bhattacharya and Guru Sanchita Bhattacharya said, “Since the donation is aimed towards our state, we are thrilled! A hospital like this will make a huge impact there.”

Padma Awards
The following art personalities were conferred the Padma awards for 2014 by the President of India, Sri Pranab Mukherjee :
Padma Bhushan - Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Painting, Gujarat, Begum Parveen Sultana, Classical Music, Maharashtra T H Vinayakram, Ghatam Artist, Tamil Nadu and Kamala Haasan, Cinema, Tamil Nadu .
Padma Sri - Mohammad Ali Baig, Theatre, Andhra Pradesh , Nayana Apte Joshi, Maharashtra Musafir Ram Bhardwaj, Instrumental Music, Pauna Manjha, Himachal Pradesh, Sabitri Chatterjee, Film, West Bengal Prof Biman Bihari Das, Sculptor, Delhi, Sunil Das, Painting, West Bengal, Elam Endira Devi, Manipuri Dance, Manipur, Vijay Ghate, -Instrumental Music- Tabla, Maharashtra, Rani Karnaa, Kathak, West Bengal, Bansi Kaul, Theatre, Jammu and Kashmir, Ustad Moinuddin Khan, Instrumental Music-Sarangi, Rajasthan, Geeta Mahalik, Odishi Dance, Delhi , Paresh Maity, Painting, Delhi, Ram Mohan, Art-Film Animation, Maharashtra, Sudarsan Pattnaik, Art-Sand artist, Odisha, Paresh Rawal, Cinema and Theatre, Maharashtra, Wendell Augustine Rodricks, Fashion Designing, Goa, Prof Kalamandalam Sathyabhama, Mohini Attam, Kerala , Anuj Sharma, -Performing Art, Chhattisgarh Santosh Sivan, Film, Tamil Nadu, Supriya Dev, Art-Bengali Cinema, West Bengal, Sooni Taraporevala, Script Writing, Maharashtra and Vidya Balan, Cinema, Maharashtra.

Annual day celebrated
The annual day of the PSN Disciples Foundation was celebrated on 24th February at Raga Sudha Hall, Chennai. The function began with a Namasankeertanam by Udayalur Kalyanarama Bhagavatar followed by honouring of veteran mrudangam vidhwan Guruvayur Dorai. Flute maestro N.Ramani presided and Cleveland VV Sundaram felicitated. Guru Ps Narayanswamy shared his years of association with Guruvayur Dorai and Ramani and also blessed his disciples and thanked them for organizing this event every year in a grand manner.

Sangeetha Mummoorthigal Vizha
Sri Krishna Gana Sabha celebrated the 43rd Sangeetha Mummoorthigal Vizha on 9th March. The programme began with the soulful rendition of the Utsava Sampradaya Kritis of Thyagaraja by SP Ramh and disciples. Gayathri Venkatraman took up a rare theme of kritis of Shyama Sastri on Goddesses other than Sri Kamakshi. The Abhayamba Vibhakthi kritis which are seldom heard in concerts, found a majestic place in the presentation by Jayalakshmi Sekhar along with vocals by Anahita, Apoorva and JB Keerthana and mridangam by Mudhra Bhaskar. The evening's function was marked by the honouring of Dr.KJ Yesudas with the “SKGS Thyagaraja Seva Rathna Award” which was conferred by Leela Samson. Dr.Umayalpuram Sivaraman and PS Narayanswamy felicitated. A concert by Rajesh Vaidhya followed.

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