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P. Unnikrishnan to get Sangetha Kalasarathy title
CHENNAI, December 4: The 112th annual music festival of Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha will get under way here on December 15. His Holiness Sri Tridandi Sriman Narayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeer Swamingal will inagurate the festival and confer the titlte `Sangeetha Kalasarathy' on vocalist P. Unnikrishnan. The Palghat Mani Iyer Centenary Award, instituted by Nithyashree Mahadevan), will be given away to senior artiste Dr. T.K. Murthy. The M.L.V. Award (instituted by Sudha Ragunathan) will be given away to young vocalist Sriranjani Santhanagopalan. Industrialist Nalli Mr. Kuppuswami Chetti will preside over the function. The festival will begin with a prayer by senior vocalist Dr. S. Sowmya, and lighting of Kuthuvilakku by Veena artiste E. Gayathri.

As usual, the venue will be Vidya Bharathi, No. 55 Bheemasena Garaden Road, Mylapore, Chennai- 600 004.

The festival will go on till January 2, 2013.

Lec-dems
There will be lec-dems in the morning most of the days (starting at 08.30 a.m.). R.K. Sriram Kumar, Dr. R. Abiramasundar, Dr. Sowmya, Dr. Sriram Parasuram, Dr. B.M. Sundaram, Dr. Rajshri Ramakrishna, Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan, S.R. Janakiraman, Trichy J. Venkatraman, Dr Premeela Gurumurthy, Dr. M.S. Bhageerathi, Dr. Lakshimi Podhuval, Suguyes na Purshothaman, Dr. M.B. Vedavalli and Dr. Nedunuri Krishnamurthy are slated to give lec-dems on varied aspects.

Sudha Ragunathan, Dr. Sowmya, T.V. Sankaranarayanan, K.J. Yesudas, Priya sisters, Malladi brothers, Abishek Raghuram, Unnikrishnan, Sanjay Subramanian, Nithyashree Mahadevan are among the top artistes who are slated to perform this year.