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Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert, an integral part of Navaratri festivities, says Music Academy chief
CHENNAI, September 22: The eighth Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal was conferred on the violin duo Lalgudi Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi at the annual Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert here on Friday evening.

The Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert is organised under the auspices of The Music Academy by the Indira Sivasailam Foundation, instituted by Mrs. Mallika Srinivasan in memory of her mother Indira Sivasailam.

This is the first time that the Sivasailam Endowment Medal had been awarded to instrumentalists.

The function was followed by a concert of the duo at The Music Academy.

Mr. N. Murali, President of The Music Academy, recalled the long-standing association between Indira Sivasailam and the Academy. The Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert, he said, had captured the imagination of rasikas and had also become an integral part of the annual Navaratri festivities. Mr. Murali also pointed to the immense contribution made by the Sivasailam family to the cause of Carnatic music, in general, and the Academy, in particular. He was particularly pleased that Mrs. Mallika Srinivasan had continued the path laid out by her parents and contributing hugely in furthering the cause of this art form. He also showered praise on her husband Mr. Venu Srinivsan for extending suo moto support to the Academy.

Expressing her happiness over the way in which the Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert had gained in stature over the last seven years, Mrs. Mallika Srinivasan made it clear that musicians and rasikas were the principal reason for that. She said that the brother-sister violinist-duo remained classical in approach even as it stayed contemporary.

``As fifth-generation musicians and torch-bearers of the venerable Lalgudi bani, their nuanced understanding and appreciation of music and the violin’s varied and complex aspects have made them true maestros. They are the perfect bridge between two generations - the purists and the Millennials,’’ she said.

In their award acceptance speech, both Mr. Krishnan and Ms. Vijayalakshmi made it clear they owed a lot to their guru and father late Lalgudi Jayaraman. Acknowledging the support from their family, both were particularly pleased that they were receiving the award in the anniversary month of their guru who was honoured with the Life-Time Achievement award by The Music Academy a few summers ago.

The Indira Sivasailam Endowment medal aims to recognise Carnatic musicians in their prime, thereby encouraging their growth. The recipient is chosen on the basis of clearly defined parameters by an eminent jury constituted by The Music Academy and Mrs. Mallika Srinivasan.

Lalgudi Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi were conferred the award for their immaculate performances, demonstrated efforts to disseminate knowledge on the Lalgudi bani and unique ability to innovate within the Carnatic music framework.