Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri has been chosen for the Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy for 2023. The Nritiya Kalanidhi award for dance will go to Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari.
“The executive committee of the Music Academy at its meeting on March 19, 2023, unanimously decided to confer the awards,” mentioned N. Murali, president of the Academy.
Talking to The Hindu from London, Ms Jayashri attributed her success in her profession and awards to the blessings of her guru late violinist Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. “That he was my guru itself was a blessing”, she mentioned whereas acknowledging the assist and encouragement of her mother and father and household.
The message in regards to the award was conveyed to her in London by Mr Murali and she or he thanked the Music Academy.
Ms Jayashri additionally thanked co-musicians who would accompany her in live shows saying, “music was a concerted effort and we created music together.” She added, “I am also grateful to the followers of my music.”
Initially educated beneath her mother and father and later beneath T.R. Balamani and Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, Ms Jayashri is a veena participant, dancer and likewise educated in Hindustani music.
“She is known for her melodic and meditative style of singing and is recognised by a Padma Shri from the Indian government. She has also been training underprivileged children in music and contributing through her art to social causes,” mentioned Mr Murali.
Her melodic voice secured her a spot in Tamil movie music. She first sang a duet with Malaysia Vasudevan within the movie ‘Natpu’ within the music of Ilaiyaraaja. ‘Kaiveenaiyai Endhum Kalaivaniye’ in ‘Vietnam Colony’ is a memorable quantity together with ‘Ninnai Saranadainthen’ within the movie ‘Bharathi’. Ilaiyaraaja is the music director of each movies. Another well-known duet is ‘Narumugaiye Narumgaiye’ with Unnikrishnan for the movie ‘Iruvar’ within the music of A.R. Rahman.
Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari excels each in Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi. “She is also a gifted linguist, lyricist and an accomplished nattuvanar. She learnt veena from Kamala Aswathama and dance from Adayar K. Lakshmanan and her late husband M.V. Narasimhachari with whom she paired in numerous performances,” the press launch from the Academy mentioned.
The Sangita Kala Acharya award goes to Carnatic vocalist Palkulangara Ambika Devi from Kerala and mridhangam participant Okay.S. Kalidas, a pupil of late Palani M. Subramania Pillai.
Noted thavil participant and trainer Thirunageswaram has been chosen for the TTK award. Another musician who will get the award is Sargunanatha Odhuvar of the Kapaleeswarar temple in Myalpore.
The musicologist award can be conferred on Arimalam S. Padmanabhan, who has been doing analysis in classical music, dance, theatre, folks music, and classical Tamil literature.
Mr Murali mentioned the Sangita Kalanidhi award nominee would preside over the tutorial classes of the 97th annual convention and live shows of the Music Academy between December 15, 2023, and January 1, 2024. The awards can be conferred on them on January 1, 2024, the day of Sadas.
Nritya Kalanidhi recipient will obtain the award on the inauguration of the seventeenth annual dance pageant on January 3.