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Sangita Kalanidhi conferred on Sudha Ragunathan
CHENNAI, January 1: The Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. E.S.L. Narasimhan, conferred the title Sangita Kalanidhi on vocalist Sudha Ragunathan at the annual Sadas of The Music Academy here this evening.

Mr. Narasimhan also presented the Sangita Kala Acharya Award to Kalyani Sharma, the TTK Award to Prapancham Sitaraman and Thanjavur Ramamoorthy, and the Musicologist Award to R.S. Jayalakshmi.

Giving away the awards, Mr. Narasimhan described the Academy as a temple of art protecting the rich musical heritage of the country and encouraging young talent. “Music needs to continue to flourish under the aegis of The Music Academy,” he said.

While urging parents to teach their children music, he made out a case for learning languages such as Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam to become proficient in Carnatic music. “It is not necessary that we become scholars in these languages. It will suffice if we learn to speak and understand them to a certain extent. When we take up a song, we should know how to break it into phrases and syllables,’’ he said.

It was incorrect to assume that the ‘sahityam’ was secondary when one sang, he added. President of The Music Academy, N. Murali, welcomed the gathering.