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Madame Tussauds-like museum for Carnatic musicians mooted

From Left: Sanjay Subramaniam, Sikkil Bhaskaran, Maharajapuram S.Srinivasan, Madurai G.S.Mani, Nagai Muralidharan, Shethalai Renganatha Sharma, Sherthalai Ananthakrishnan and V.Suresh at the Maharajapuram Santhanam Memorial Award function in August 2009
CHENNAI, September 1: The Maharajapuram Santhanam Foundation honoured violin vidwan Nagai R. Muralidharan with the Maharajapuram Santhanam Memorial Award for his contributions to Carnatic music and also for having inducted many students in the field.

The award, presented at a function here recently, comprised a gold medal, cash prize and a citation.

The foundation also presented ‘Meritorious Awards for Excellence’ to vocalist Sherthalai R. Ranganatha Sharma, mridangist Sherthalai R. Ananthakrishnan and ghatam vidwan V. Suresh.

All the awards have been instituted under the endowment of industrialist of P. Obul Reddy.

Carnatic vocalist Sanjay Subramaniam, who felicitated the award winners, said the dharma of an accompanying artiste was to support the main vocalist or instrumentalist and help him bring out the best in his performance. Musicians Madurai G.S. Mani and Sikkil R. Bhaskaran suggested that a wax museum on the lines of Madame Tussauds be created for Carnatic musicians.

Maharajapuram Srinivasan said the Foundation had been giving away awards to artistes since 1993 and the first award went to Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. He said his father late Maharajapuram Santhanam always felt that Nagai Muralidharan was a violinist with immense knowledge.

Mridangists T.V. Gopalakrishnan and Srimushnam Raja Rao felicitated the awardees. Accepting the honour, Nagai R. Muralidharan said retaining the tradition was important in Carnatic music. He also recalled how senior artists used to encourage youngsters.