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Dull sadas at The Music Academy

The sadas of The Music Academy, held on January 1, a formal event to wrap up the Conference and Concerts, in its 90th edition was pedestrian to say the least.

Even the standard speeches dipped at this sadas.

While Sangita Kalanidhi awardee, violinist A Kanyakumari read from a prepared speech, the one made by Seetha Rajan, felicitating all the awardees may have put many rasikas to sleep - for Seetha, who is a respected music guru and stick-to-classical-styled vocalist just kept reading the awardees bio-data.

Even chief guest M K Narayanan, former governor of West Bengal made a rather dull speech, harping on what many do, the spiritual side of Carnatic music and all that.

He decorated Kanyakumari with the Sangita Kalanidhi title and medallion.

Narayanan also presented the title of Sangita Kala Acharya to Bangalore-based Rudrapatnam brothers, R. N. Thyagarajan and R. N. Tharanathan, vocalists, and to and music guru and musician K. Venkataramanan..

The TTK award was presented to guru and vocalist Nirmala Sundararajan and to M. Kodilingam, an expert on Thevarams.

Thanjavur-based Prof. Rama Kausalya recieved the musicologist award while violin vidwan Nagercoil V. Ganapathi was presented the Papa Venkataramaiah award.

Prizes were awarded to many artistes who were chosen for their 'bests' at the Academy's concerts during this 'season'.

The last performance though was a big hit with the audience - as Revathi Sankkaran did a one-actor show tracing the less known aspects of M S Subbulakshmi, adding music, song and homour that she is known for in her live and TV shows.