14TH CHENNAI FINE ARTS MUSIC FESTIVAL TO HONOUR VIDHUSHI T.RUKMINI
In the year 2003, Chennai Fine Arts was auspiciously stated in commemoration of the birth centenary of Narayana Iyengar. “Gotuvadhyam” Narayana Iyengar was one of the best instrumentalists in carnatic music . His contribution to” Gotuvadhyam “was prolific. Born on 25th January 1903, Narayana Iyengar’s first performance was indeed his early twenties. He had practiced rigorously and reached great heights in a very short span of time. Rabindranath Tagore had said “Mr. Narayana Iyengar impressed me immensely with his expert expositions”. Sarojini Naidu had expressed, “In his hand the Gotuvadyam ceases to be an insturment. It becomes a subtle, living voice, capable of expressing every nuance of human passion”. Narayana Iyengar, with his assiduous practice and analytical research, set such high standards for the instrument that his trail has the maximum number of followers as on date. He standardised the internal structure, string arrangements, tuning and playing methods of the Gotuvadyam. He was a nada yogi who believed that mastery over the instrument and the art needs a great guru, apart from talent and skill of the performer. it also requires patience, rigorous practice, perseverance, reverence and devotion to the art and the guru.
Every year, awards are presented to senior musicians in his fond memory.Stalwarts like Semmangudi Dr. Srinivasa Iyer, Smt. D.K. Pattammal, Dr M. Balamuralikrishna, Critic Subbdu, Madras A. Kannan, V.S. Narasimhan, R.K. Srikantan, Dr. T.K. Murthy, Prof. T.N. Krishnan, Dr. N. Ramani, Umayalpuram Dr. K. Sivaraman were earlier recipients of this award. This year, renowned violinist Smt. T. Rukmini will be presented the Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar Award for Excellence and conferred the title ‘Dig Vijaya Nada Vani’ on Wednesday 21st December 2016, during the inauguration of the 14th Annual music festival. The award comprises of a gold medal, Rupees One Lakh and a citation. The festival is scheduled from 21st to 28th December. The inaugural concert will be presented by Shri. O.S. Arun. There will be two concerts performed every day between 5-6.30 p.m. and 6.30 to 8.30 p.m. Other senior musicians who will be performing during this festival are, Smt. Shyamala Venkateswaran, Sri. T.P. Vaidyanathan, Smt. Srivani Yalla (Veena), Prof. Venkataramanan Pothi, ‘Chitravina’ Shri. N. Ravikiran (Chitravina), Prof T.N. Krishnan & Sriram Krishnan (Violin duet) and Dr T. Lokanadha Sarma. The festival is supported by Ministry of Culture, Government of India, New Delhi. The concerts will be held at Srinivasa Sastri Hall in Luz and are open to public. All music rasikas are most heartily welcomed.