This was the big, big evening for Trichur V. Ramachandran, senior vocalist.
He was the star at the opening evening of The Music Academy this Dec.15 when the chief minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa inaugurated the Academy's 86th Conference and Concerts..
Being the Sangita Kalanidhi-designate, an award he will receive at the sadas on January 1, he was on stage, the CM seated on one side and last year's awardee, Trichy Sankaran on the other.
Jayalalithaa presented him with the M S Subbulakshmi award on this occasion.
Ramachandran, a sishya of the great GNB read from a prepared speech when his turn came on a day which marked his 50 years at the Academy as a performing artiste on this stage!
He said that in an age of cyber gurukulam we should also treasure and have guru bhakthi and not let value fade out.
He also had some advice for young artistes - there are lots of opportunities for you but do not be in a hurry to get on stage and perform. He also wanted parents of such wards to guide and restrain them.
He cautioned that young artistes must not yearn for money and fame quickly but should realise that artistes of today were the link of the past to the future.
He also suggested to the central and state governments that music facilities and teaching be given importance.
Lots of artistes greeted Ramachandran after the event.
Alongside were his wife, singer Charumathi and daughter Subhasri, whom he also acknowledged for their support in his career in his speech.
He will preside over the lectures/academic sessions of the Academy that start Sunday.
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