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Kalainirai Vithagar awards presented
CHENNAI, January 19: Kalainirai Vithagar awards to senior musicians who had worked at the Tamil Nadu Music College were presented here yesterday.

The recipients of the award included: Tirupampuram S. Shanmugasundaram, P. Krishnamurthy, T.R. Srinivasan, T.S. Letchappa Pillai, T.R. Navaneetham, Chandra Dhandayuthapani and Kalyani Ganesan.
The awards were presented at a function got up here to kick-start the Tamil Isai Festival of the Tamil Nadu Music College.

N. Murali, Managing Director, The Hindu, and President, The Music Academy, presided over the function.

In his address, Mr. Murali said teaching music in schools would benefit everyone. If it was not possible to include music as a part of the curriculum, it could be made a part of extra-curricular activities, he felt.