Parthasarathy Swami Sabha honours artistes

Yesudas gets Sangitha Kalasarathi award

Chennai, Dec 18:

Sri Yathiraja Narayana Ramanuja Jeeyar of Sri Yadugiri Yathiraja Mutt, Melukote inaugurated the 117th Isai Vizha of Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha and presented Sangita Kalasarathy Award to renowned musician K. J. Yesudas.

The Jeeyar swamigal also presented the Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar Award for Visesha Vadyam to clarinet vidwan A.K.C. Natarajan; Palghat Mani Iyer Centenary Award to Mannargudi A. Eswaran; Dwaram Venkataswami Naidu Award to R.K. Sriram kumar; Dr. M.L.V. Award to Vishnudev Namboothiri and G. Ramanathan Award to V.K. Manimaran.

Speaking at the event the Jeeyar swamigal said that Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha was the oldest one in the city and great musicians, including Maha Vaidhyanatha Iyer and Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, had performed here. This year, Yesudas had also received the Karnataka government’s Rajyotsava Award.

Sabha president Nalli Kuppuswami Chettiar said the kind of dedication the singer has is amazing. Yesudas practices a month for one concert and only performs 4 to 5 concerts a year, he said. Carnatic musician T.V.Gopalakrishnan said that Yesudas had the blessings of his guru Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bhagavathar.

Sabha vice-president Mohan Parasaran said Yesudas has done a lot for propagating bhakthi. Like M.S. Subbulakshmi’s Vishnu Sahasranamam, his Harivarasanam can be heard in every corner of the world.

Yesudas recalled how he had to quit his vidwan course after a year and never could complete it after that. “I am still a vidyarthi [student],” he said while dedicating the award to his Guru and parents.