Chevalier award for flautist Shashank

By Special Correspondent
Chennai: 14-10-2022 1:59PM
Last Updated: 14-10-2022 1:59PM

The French Government has decided to confer its prestigious award Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres – 2022 on renowned flautist Shashank Subramanyam.

“I am absolutely thrilled to share with you that I am being bestowed with the prestigious French Government award,” said Shashank Subramanyamin in a social media posting.

“I am grateful to the Government of France. It is all the more exciting when a foreign Government bestows its coveted award upon you,” he added.

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) is an order of France established on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of CultureIts supplementary status to the Ordre national du Mérite was confirmed by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. Its purpose is to recognise significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields. Its origin is attributed to the Order of Saint Michael (established 1 August 1469), as acknowledged by French Government sources

Shashank Subramanyam began performing at a tender age of six in 1984. He is the youngest recipient of the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi's senior award by the Government of India. He was given the award by the President in 2017.

Shashank Subramanyam was born in Rudrapatna, India, to Hemalatha and Prof. Subramanyam. His forefathers belong to Tirunelveli dist of Tamil Nadu. He was trained in Carnatic music by his father and by vocalists R.K. Srikantan, Palghat K.V. Narayanaswami and Hindustani music under Pandit Jasraj. Shashank is married to Shirisha, a Bharatanatyam dancer.