December 14, 2014

Opening evening at Narada Gana Sabha

On Dec. 13, 2014, the evening at Narada gana Sabha began with the mangala isai by senior nadaswaram vidwan Seshampatti Sivalingam. He is among the awardees of this year at the sabha.

The presentation of awards and felicitation were simple and neat.
Sri U.Ve.Appan Parakala Ramanuja Embar Jeeyar Swamy of Sriperumpudur who inaugurated the festival and conferred the titles, spoke long on music, azhwars and the classical Indian art forms - music and dance elevates the performers and the listeners.

The award Nadhabrahmam was conferred on mridangam maestro Umayalpuram K Sivaraman, Senior Musician award to veena vidushi Kalyani Ganesan and Tirunelveli P Subramania Iyer award to nadaswaram vidwan Seshampatti Sivalingam were presented on the evening.

Film maker and cinematographer Rajiv Menon was at the event to felicitate the awardees. Unlike many speakers, Rajiv Menon did his homework well to know about all the awardees of the evening and brought their profiles to the audience. He lauded Umayalpuram Sivaraman for his artistry and his generosity to teach music to many including the son of a mridangam maker. Vidwan Umayalpuram Sivaraman returned the gesture in his acceptance speech that with the kind of 'gnanam' Rajiv Menon has, he should be singing on stage soon and offered to play mridangam for him!

A DVD on Padams produced by Natyangam was released at this event. Vocalist Geetha Raja, scholar Sujata Vijayaraghavan and the dancers of Natyarangam received the first copies.

Later Jeeyar distributed prizes for the annual competitions. A loud applause popped up whenever the very young winners received prizes!

Following the award ceremony, Kadri Gopalnath presented a saxophone concert along with the senior violinist A. Kanyakumari.

A few snapshots of the inaugural function at Narada Gana Sabha:

The awardees, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Kalyani Ganesan and
Seshampatti Sivalingam with the Jeeyar

 Artistes with the awards 

Jeeyar's speech - Anugraha Bhashanam - Photo by Smita Joshi

Vocalist Geetha Raja receiving the DVD
A young winner of competition receiving the prize
Kadri Gopalnath's Saxophone concert - Photo by Smita Joshi

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