04 December, 2014
The 40th year Art Festival of Kartik Fine Arts (KFA) was inaugurated in a crisp, short and sweet function on the First Day of December, 2014. This Festival is being conducted in association with Sri P Obul Reddy and P Gnanambal Trust (Sponsors Sri P Vijayakumar Reddy and Dr. Preetha Reddy) and Rajalakshmi Institutions. On this occasion the award lsai Peroli (Instituted by Gomathi Visweswaran Trust) was conferred on Vocalist Saketharaman and Nadanamamani on Ms. Anwesha Das (Shriram Award of Excellence instituted by Shriram Group of Companies)
Sri N Goplaswami, Chairman, Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai who inaugurated the function and conferred the titles on the awardees, in his speech remembered that some years back he had come for KFA’s function and said that he was amazed to see that it has grown by leaps and bounds and complimented KFA for continuing to do its service to music, dance and drama. It is a tribute to the leadership and the entire team for organizing this so well as a matter of routine. He also said that he was proud to participate in this function.
Sri L Sabaretnam, Chairman, Kartik Fine Arts presided over the function. In his speech he welcomed the chief guest and took the opportunity to thank all the institutions, individuals and rasikas and art-lovers who have always supported the ventures of KFA. He highlighted the fact that this festival was to be held at various places for 48 days and provided a unique opportunity for 1200 artistes of many stages in their development, to bring forth their best and present themselves to elite audiences.
The Chief guest of the evening Sri Goplaswami had led a distinguished career in the IAS cadre, in various departments the last of which saw him as the Chief Election Commissioner. He has abundant knowledge of carnatic music and perhaps it is in the fitness of things that he should be present to inaugurate this festival. Kalakshetra, where he has joined as its Chairman recently, is bound to see plenty of development soon. During his tenure in the Department of Culture, Govt. of India Sri Goplaswami was instrumental in making UNESCO accord special recognition to two remote villages in Tamilnadu.
About the awardees he said Saketharaman distinguished himself in his own way and had made a mark through the rendering of many slokas and Bharathiyar songs, apart from showing the ability to sing pallavis in rare ragas. With his sweet voice he will be of immense service to carnatic music and KFA is pleased to give away the award to him. Of the other awardee Ms. Anwesha Das he said that she had been the proud recipient of Natyachudar and had participated in The Cleveland Festival in a big way. She is sure to spread dance (Bharatham) to every nook and corner and thus earn a great name. He wished both the awardees a bright future.
He remember KFA’s founder Late Karthik Rajagopal on this day and also felt happy that an award in his name was being given to Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group CEO, Doha Bank who is also connected with the Qatar Tamil Sangam Doha. He mentioned that yet another award of Excellence, in memory of Smt. D K Pattammal (instituted by Dr. Nithyasri Mahadevan) was being given to Akshay Padmanabhan and he wished him well.
He also took this opportunity to offer his sincere thanks to Prof. Smt. Sudharani Raghupathy and Prof. Smt. Chitra Viswesvaran dancers of immense repute, to have set apart their time to function as advisors for the dance festival that is to be held by KFA and thanked Ms Malavika Sarukkai for agreeing to be convenor this year.
This ART Festival would be held at Narada Gana Sabha from 2. 12. 2014 to 12. 12. 2014 and at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan from 13.12.2014 to 6.1.15. The festival would continue its performances as Tamil Isai Vizha (sponsored by Nalli Kuppusami Chettiar) and would be held at TAG Auditorium, Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram, Kilpauk from 26 12 2014 to 1st of January in the New Year, 2015.
To conclude the event, KFA’s Secretary, Sri Rajagopal Sekar proposed a vote of thanks.
The much awaited dance event by Students of Bharathanjali, followed. Its concept and choreography was by Mrs. Anita Guha and its Lyrics and Music was by Neyveli Santhanagopalan and P R Venktasubramaniam. Anita Guha is known for her stellar performances involving children and this performance was another feather in her cap.