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Bhavan's Naatya Utsav
16 December, 2014

- V.V. Ramani

Alarmel Valli has been a Shining Star in the arena of classical dance and has won accolades and acclaim the world over for her bharathanatyam performance. It was truly appropriate that the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan chose to give her The Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 ar the inauguration of ‘Naatya Utsav 2014’. Instituted by P.Obul Reddy and P. Gnanambal Trust, the award consists of a medallion, citation and cash award.

The function was flagged off on an auspicious with a nadmaswaram recital by Sri. S.R.G.S. Mohandoss & party. The lighting of the kuthuvilakku by the dignitaries was followed by a prayer rendered by four teachers from the Bhavan’s school in Kilpauk. Mr. K. Parasaran, former attorney general gave the welcome address. Preseding over the function, the chairman of Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra and Kartik Fine Arts Mr. L. Sabaretnam spoke their efforts in extending the reach of the dance form to a larger audience, and this festival held in Kilpauk would cater to a large number of rasikas in nearby areas like purasaiwalkam, anna nagar. The festival brings together a wide range of practitioners of this art.

The chief guest of the evening who inaugurated the festival Mr. Phillip A Min, Consul General of The United States of America apoke on the importance of culture in our lives and also about the cultural links between the two countries. He was accompanied by his wife who is an artiste herself. Honorable Justice Mr. M. Chokalingam, Judical member, National Green Tribunal, Southern Zone, special guest spoke at length about the greatness of our art heritage, and also the values it instills in us.

Alamel Valli thanking the organizers for the honour bestowed on her also congratulated them on taking a progressive step in allowing her to perform to taped music.

Mr. Ramaswamy, director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra proposed the vote of thanks.

As part of their endeavor to recognize young talent the Bhavan Cultural Awards were given away by the chief guest to Ms. Saashwathi Prabhu – Vocal, Ms. Shubashree Ramachandran – Vocal, Sri S. Venkatraman – Tambura, Kum. K. Mahathi – Keyboard, Kum. S. Aswini – Mridangam and Kum S. Anjani – Veena and Sri K. Venkatesh & Sri K. Murugan – Light & Sound Technicians. 

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