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Lifetime Achievement Award for Ghatam artiste T.H.Vinayakram
CHENNAI: The Music Academy has decided to honour senior ghatam artiste T.H. Vinayakaram a Special Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award will be given to him at a function to be held here on October 10.

This award does not fall under the Academy's annual recognition and honour. It is conferred once in a while to artistes of outstanding calibre who the Music Academy feels deserve an independent recognition. The earlier recipients have been the dancer Kamala Lakshminarayanan and the violinist Lalgudi G. Jayaraman.

Hailed as the artiste who put the ghatam on the international stage, Vinayakram is one of the best-known faces of percussion from South India. Coming from a family that is devoted to the art (his father T.R. Harihara Sharma being a highly venerated teacher), Vinayakram or Vikku, as he is known to his countless fans, began performing at the age of 13 and went on to accompany most of the top-ranking singers of the last generation. He moved on to the international stage when he joined the Shakti Group to collaborate with John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain. "Widely recognized and recipient of several richly deserved awards, Vinayakram has been a great guru, passing on his art in an organised fashion to several disciples," the Academy said in a statement. The Music Academy, it may be recalled, had already conferred on him the Sangita Kala Acharya award.