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Indira Sivasailam Concert has become a signature event, says Music Academy chief

CHENNAI, November 7: The RaGa Sisters Ranjani and Gayatri on Friday, were conferred the seventh Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal and Citation at the annual Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert.

This concert is one of the highlight events of The Indira Sivasailam Foundation instituted by Ms. Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman & CEO of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE), in memory of her mother Indira Sivasailam.

Held at The Music Academy here, the award function was followed by a lively concert of Ranjani-Gayatri duo.

The award was presented in association with The Music Academy.

NEW DIMENSION: In his opening address, N. Murali, President of The Music Academy, recalled the sustained support extended not only by the Indira Sivasailam family as a whole but also individuals in the family successively to the cause of Carnatic music, in general, and the Academy, in particular. He lauded the generous contributions of Mrs. Mallika Srinivasan and her husband M. Venu Srinivasan for the renovation of the Academy auditorium. Mr. Murali was pleased that the Indira Sivasailam concert had become a signature event at the Academy during the Navarathri season. He also pointed to the new dimension that the Indira Sivasailam Foundation had brought to the whole exercise by introducing ‘Anwesha – Quest for the best’ - as a pre-cursor to the annual Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert for Carnatic music lovers. Anwesha is a one of a kind event which aims to bridge the gap between the artistes and rasikas. It is a platform for the rasikas to interact with the winner of the year’s award.

DIGITAL STRATEGY: In her address, Ms. Mallika Srinivasan traced the musical journey of sisters Ranjani and Gayatri and spoke of how the duo deserved the award. Stating that Chennai, Carnatic music and the Academy fused into one into the consciousness of the rasikas, she underscored the enormous strides made by the Academy in the past. In this context, she also pointed to the efforts of the Academy in dipping into the technology side as well to further its efforts in promoting the cause of Carnatic music. Asserting that technology could indeed prove a game-changer, she said it presented the Academy with a huge opportunity. In this context, she appealed to Murali-led Academy to come out with a holistic digital strategy to take this art form forward in an all-encompassing way.

LONG WAY AHEAD: Accepting the honour, Gayatri reflected on the significance of the award for the sisters. For the sisters, it was a milestone moment to receive it at the Academy. As artistes, their association with the Academy now runs to 25 years. Paying rich tributes to their violin and vocal gurus, Gayatri expressed a deep sense of gratitude to everyone who had helped them hone the artistic skills in them. In a way, she said, the award reminded them of the long way ahead. Since 2010, renowned Carnatic musicians such as Sudha Ragunathan, Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Aruna Sairam, Bombay Jayashri, T. M. Krishna and the Malladi Brothers have been conferred this honour.