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Ahead of December season, Jayanthi Kumaresh honoured with Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal
CHENNAI, October 12: The ninth Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal was bestowed upon Saraswathi Veena artiste Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh at the annual Indira Sivasailam
Endowment Concert here today.

The Indira Sivasailam Foundation was instituted by Smt. Mallika Srinivasan in memory of her mother, late Indira Sivasailam.

The award function was followed by a 90-minute concert by Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh.

Mr. N. Murali, President of The Music Academy, welcomed the gathering. He spoke of the long-standing association between The Indira Sivasailam Foundation and the Music Academy.
The Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert had become synonymous with Navaratri at The Music Academy, he added.

Ms. Mallika Srinivasan felicitated Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh. Showering encomiums on her, Ms. Mallika said, “Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh is a vainika par excellence who soulfully unfolds the versatility of the Saraswathi Veena, the Queen of Instruments."

The Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal aims to recognize the outstanding contribution made in the field of Carnatic music, thereby preserving and propagating the art form. The recipient of the award is selected on the basis of specific criteria as defined by the eminent jury of The Music Academy, Madras and Ms. Mallika Srinivasan.

Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh has been selected as this year’s awardee for her depth of knowledge and virtuosity, originality in content, demonstrated efforts in fostering and propagating the art form and her ability to connect with the audience that transcends the boundaries of region and language.

In her award-acceptance speech, Dr. Jayanthi said that it was Veena the instrument that she played got the award.

The artiste demonstrated her creative skill while delivering her speech. She sort of read out a letter written by her instrument, the Saraswathi Veena. The letter supposedly written by the instrument and read out by her sort of traced the evolution of the artiste in Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh through her 45 years of engagement with it. The story of the artiste - how the hands of the kid Jayanthi reached out to the length of the instrument in the early days, how her friends refused to accept that she could play Veena until she played a few popular numbers from the cinema music, how she got groomed by her parents and how her talented violinist-husband inspired her - was beautifully told by her in the form of this letter by Veena which she read out. In conclusion, it described how she was able to create a music that proved a meditative path to approach the raga devatha. In the end, she indicated that she would strive to create an institution to propagate and carry forward the richness of this instrument.