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Kalki Awards - Bharath Sundar and Krishna
09 Sep, 2019

Kalki  awards  –  Bharath Sundar and Krishna

Celebrating the birthday of Thiru Kalki Ra Krishnamurthy, an eminent story teller, novelist and one who was in the forefront as a freedom fighter and who purposefully fought for the cause of Tamil Isai - his memorial trust conferred the Kalki Krishnamurthy memorial awards on vocalist Bharath Sundar and  Ghatam artiste Krishna. This memorable event was held at Raga Sudha Hall. Thiru Pandiarajan, Tamil Nadu’s Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture, gave away the awards.

Bharat Sundar has over the years become the confluence of various streams of music. Beginning with Smt. Gayathri Mahesh, he went on to learn from Vidhushi  Leelavathi Gopalakrishnan and her son Vidwan G Srikanth. He complimented this by learning pallavis and its special requirements from Sarvasri Trichy J Venkatraman and Srimushnam Sri Raja Rao. Not to rest with this, he furthered his knowledge and musical prowess by coming under the tutelage of Sri P S Narayanasami and Dr. S Sowmya. Earlier he became the first Carnatic Idol in the year 2010, in a show hosted by Jaya TV for several years successfully. He is an All India Radio ‘A’ grade artist and gold medalist from Madras University in MA Music.  He also became the best vocalist in the Sub Senior Category at the Music Academy (2016) and had also bagged the Isai Chudar award being given by Kartik Fine Arts in the year 2010. He was also the awardee at Sri Parthasarathi Swamy Sabha winning the Dr. M.L.V. Award Instituted by Smt. Sudha Raghunathan in the year 2015. Bharath distinguished himself during last music season by collaborating with pianist Sri Anil Srinivasan who had organized a special show for those who had unfortunately been denied the gift of seeing this world and belonged to Gnana Darshan Seva Illam, Mehta Nagar, Chennai. Talking of the Kalki Memorial award, Bharath felt that this was a unique one as it came from an organization that remembers Sri Kalki, who had established a forum for Tamil Isai and he too is inclined towards Tamil Isai.

Ghatam Krishna, the second recipient felt happy to receive the award. He has been learning from Sri Ghatam Suresh for the past 16 years and has also completed his post graduation at the University of Madras in Rhythmology and is presently pursuing his M.Phil in the discipline of Layam, at Queen Mary’s College. He felt that the award was all the more important to him as it was from a most reputed organization. That he has been the chosen one and the award being given to a pucca vadhyam artiste increased his joy. Thus his area of specialization has been duly recognized. Unlike his counterparts in the same field he has gone through the whole hog in music by spending his entire life that he has led so far with music and is at once elated to know that his commitment has come to be recognized and rewarded. 

This event was followed by a concert of Bharath Sundar. B Ananthakrishnan accompanied him on the violin, Sumesh Narayanan on the mridangam and S Krishna on the Ghatam.

-- S. Sivakumar


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