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Sangita Kalanidhi for violinist A. Kanyakumari, Sangita Kala Acharya for Malavika Sarukkai
CHENNAI, July 24: The Music Academy has chosen violinist A. Kanyakumari for the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi title this year.

The executive committee has unanimously chosen her for its coveted award,” said N. Murali, President of Academy. Ms. Kanyakumari will be the first woman violinist to get the award in the history of the Music Academy. She will preside over the 90th annual conference of the Academy to be held between December 15, 2016 and January 1, 2017. The award will be conferred on her at the Sadas on January 1.

Kanyakumari is a disciple of late M.L. Vasanthakumari.

A native of Vijayanagaram in Andhra Pradesh, Ms. Kanyakumari had her initial training under Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao. Subsequently, she learnt from noted violinist M. Chandrasekaran, another Sangita Kalanidhi awardee. In 1971, she became a student of MLV.

The Sangita Kala Acharya awards will go to Rudrapatnam brothers — R.N. Thyagarajan and R.N. Tharanathan - and K. Venkataramanan, vocalist and music teacher.

TTK awards will be conferred on vocalist Nirmala Sundararajan and Thevaram singer M. Kodilingam. The Musicologist award will go to Rama Kausalya and the Pappa Venkatramaiah award to violinist Sikkil Baskaran.

The Nataya Kala Acharaya award will be conferred on Bharatanatyam dancer Malavika Sarukkai on January 3 at the inauguration of dance festival.