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Honour for musician

Madurai N. Krishnan was recently awarded the title Sapthagiri Sangeetha Vidwanamani by the Thyagaraja Festival Committee, Tirupati. A report.

CHENNAI-BASED MUSICIAN Madurai N. Krishnan has been awarded the title Sapthagiri Sangeetha Vidwanamani by the Thyagaraja Festival Committee, Tirupati, on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee Festival of Music and Dance, 2002.

The award, which was presented by N. Gopalswami, Secretary, Department of Culture, Government of India, on August 4 at Tirupati, consists of a citation, a gold medal and a cash prize. It was given for his contributions in the field of music.

Coming from a traditional family, Krishnan's father and initial tutor Sri Narayana Iyengar was a well-known Harikatha exponent, and his elder brother and subsequent guru, Sri Srinivasa Iyengar, was a popular violin vidwan. He is also the direct descendant of the guru shishya parampara of Thyagaraja and has to his credit over 2000 concerts all over the country and outside it.

His renditions have also been released as audiocassettes titled Ariyakudi Tradition and Tiruppavai. His music has been documented for the archives of the Sangeet Natak Akademi and The All India Radio.

He is also a composer of formidable talent. And this is evident in his entire repertoire (Margam) for Bharatanatyam after the Tanjore Quartet. A few of them feature in the book Madura Margam and his compositions are popular.

He has several awards to this credit, including the Padmashri, the UNESCO Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. The one that has come now is the latest endorsement of his calibre and knowledge.

CHITRA MAHESH

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