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Sangita Kalanidhi for Valayapatti A.R. Subramaniam
CHENNAI, July 20: Thavil maestro Valayapatti A.R. Subramaniam has been chosen for this year’s Sangita Kalanidhi title of The Music Academy. The 68-year-old Subramaniam will receive the title at the 83rd annual music conference and concerts of the Academy, which begins here on December 15.

He will be the first thavil artiste to be awarded this title.

This decision was taken at the executive committee meeting of the Academy here on Sunday. The decsion on Subramaniam was unanimous. In a path-breaking move, the Academy has also decided to invite world chess champion Viswanathan Anand to inaugurate this year's festival.

As is the convention, Subramaniam, the Sangita Kalanidhi-designate, will preside over the annual conference and concerts. The award will be conferred on him on January 1, 2010, the day of the sadas.

The Academy had in the past honoured nagaswaram vidwans with the Sangita Kalanidhi title. The list of those who had been honoured with the title include Thiruveezhimizhalai Subramania Pillai, Thiruvidaimaruthur Veerusamy Pillai and Sheik Chinna Moulana. This is indeed the first time that a thavil artiste has been chosen for this prestigious title.

Born in Valayapatti in Pudukottai district, Subramaniam learnt nagaswaram from his father Arumugam before switching over to thavil. His guru was Mannargudi Rajagopala Pillai.

He had accompanied nagaswaram vidwans such as the Thiruveezhimizhalai brothers, the Sembanarkoil brothers, Karukurichi P. Arunachalam and Namagiripettai Krishnan. He had also accompanied Thirumeignanam Nataraja Sundaram Pillai.

SANGITA KALANIDHI WINNERS

1929 Sri T.V. Subba Rao,
Vidvan T.S. Sabhesa Iyer and
Sri M.S. Ramaswamy Iyer
1970 Vidushi D.K. Pattammal
1930 Gayaka Sikhamani Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar and
Sri B. Subba Rao
1971 Vidvan Papanasam Si van
1931 Gayaka Siromani Swaminatha Iyer of Pazhamaneri 1972 Prof. P. Sambamoorthy
1932 Vidvan Tiger K. Varadachariar 1973 Vidushi T. Balasaraswati
1933 Vidvan K. Ponnayya Pillai 1974 Sri R. Anantakrishna Sarma
1934 Vidvan T.S. Sabhesa Iyer 1976 Vidushi T. Brinda
1935 Vidvan Sangita Sastra Ratna Mysore K. Vasudevachar 1977 Vidushi M.L. Vasanthakumari
1936 Vidvan Swaminatha Iyer of Umayalpuram 1978 Vidvan Balamurali Krishna
1937 Vidvan Brahmasri Chidambara Bhagavatar of Agara Mangudi 1979 Vidvan K.S. Narayanaswamy
1938 Gayaka Sikhamani Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar 1980 Vidvan T.N. Krishnan
1939 Vidvan Musiri Subramania Iyer 1981 Vidvan T.M. Thyagarajan
1940 Vidvan Vedanta Bhagavatar of Kallidaikurichi 1982 Vidvan Embar
S.Vijayaraghavachariar
1941 Prof. D. Venkataswami Naidu 1983 Vidvan Dr.S. Pinakapani
1942 Vidvan Subbarama Bhagavatar of Mazhavarayanendal 1984 Vidvan Mysore V Doreswamy Iyengar
1943 Vidvan Palladam Sanjiva Rao 1985 Vidvan Dr.S. Ramanathan
1944 Sri T.L. Venkatarama Iyer 1986 Vidvan K.V Narayanaswamy
1945 Vidvan Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer 1987 Vidvan B. Rajam Iyer
1947 Rajasevanirata Semmangudi R.Srinivasa Iyer 1988 Vidvan T. Viswanathan
1948 Vidvan Rajamanickam Pillai 1989 Vidvan Maharajapuram V.Santhanam
1949 Vidvan Mudikondan C. Venkatarama Iyer 1990 Vidvan D.K. Jayaraman
1950 Vidvan Karur Chinnaswamy Iyer 1991 Vidvan Nedunuri Krishnamurthy
1951 Vidvan Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar 1992 Vidvan Thanjai K.P. Sivanandam
1952 Vidvan Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer 1993 Vidushi Mani Krishnaswami
1953 Vidvan Tirupampuram N.Swaminatha Pillai 1994 Vidvan T.K. Murthy
1954 Vidvan Chittoor Subramanya Pillai 1995 Vidvan R.K. Srikantan
1955 Vidvan Marungapuri Gopalakrishna Iyer 1996 Vidvan Dr. N. Ramani
1956 Nagasvara Vidvan Tiruvizhimizhalai Subramanya Pillai 1997 Vidvan M.S. Gopalakrishnan
1957 Vidvan T. Chowdiah 1998 Nagasvara Dr. Sheik Chinna Moula
1958 Vidvan G.N. Balasubramanyam 1999 Vidvan T.K. Govinda Rao
1959 Vidvan Madurai Mani Iyer 2000 Vidushi R. Vedavalli
1960 Vidvan T.K. Jayarama Iyer 2001 Vidvan Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman
1961 Nagasvara Vidvan Thiruvidamarudur Veerusami Pillai 2002 Vidushis Sikkil Smt. Kunjumani & Neela (Sikkil Sisters)
1962 Vidvan K.S. Papa Venkataramiah 2003 Vidvan T.V Sankaranarayanan
1963 Vidvan Budalur Krishnamurthi Sastrigal 2004 Vidvan Vellore G. Ramabadran
1964 Vidvan A lathur Sivasubramanya Iyer 2005 Vidvan M. Chandrasekaran
1965 Vidvan Alathur Srinivasa Iyer 2006 Vidvan Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan
1966 Vidvan T.S. Mani Iyer 2007 Vidvan Palaghat R. Raghu
1968 Vidushi M.S. Subbulakshmi 2008 Vidvan Shri A.K.C. Natarajan
1969 Vidvan Madurai Srirangam Iyengar