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Aruna Sairam to get Sangita Kalanidhi Award
CHENNAI, July 15: Senior Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam has been chosen for the Sangita Kalanidhi Award this year by The Music Academy.

A decision to this effect was unanimously taken by the executive committee of the Academy, which met here today.

She will preside over the 92nd annual conference to be held between December 15, 2018 and January 1, 2019.

The award will be conferred to her on January 1, the day of Sadas.

She learnt her initial music lessons from her mother Rajalakshmi Sethuraman, a disciple of Alathur Venkatesa Iyer, the father of Sivasubramani Iyer, the elder of the Alathur duo. She subsequently became a student of T. Brinda.

Mridangist Thanjavur R. Ramadoss, a student of Palghat T.S. Mani Iyer, and vocalist K. Oman Kutty will receive the Sangita Kala Acharya award.

T.T.K. Awards will go to Veena artiste Kalyani Ganesan and Nagaswaram artiste S.R.G. Rajanna.

Dr. Premeela Gurumurthy, the Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu University for Fine Arts, will get the musicologist award. Dancer Shanta Dhananjayan will get the Nritiya Kalanidhi award.