'Our culture thrives  thanks to music'

By NT Bureau Published on Dec 10, 2017 04:13 PM IST

While there are many ways to propagate our culture, music is the quickest among them to reach masses, said Kanchi seer Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swami

Inaugurating the 38th Isai Iyal Nataka Vizha and 29th Bharatham festival of Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha in Vani Mahal Saturday, he said, "Carnatic music must prosper among people along with sciences. We have mantram and japam to satiate the supreme divine, but they would take their own time. They are difficult to master. But music is the easiest way to connect ourselves with the Almighty. Music is always been associated with devotion."

Speaking on the occasion, Jayendra Saraswathi Swami said music and dance programmes are being organised regularly in this part of the country and it helps the rich essence of our music culture to thrive.

On the occasion, Vani Kala Sudhakara title was conferred on O S Thyagarajan (vocal), S Varadarajan (violin), Thiruvarur Sri Vaidyanathan (mrudangam), Professor C V Chandrasekhar (bharatanatyam) and V Sreevathson (theatre).

Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Vidyamandir's chairman V Shankar said, 'Indian music was never restricted to entertainment alone, it has gone beyond that.  Classical music has always associated itself with devotion.'

In his acceptance speech, dramatist S Varadarajan said the title he received serves him a reminder that while he is moving in the right direction, much has to be achieved in the years to come.

On his part, Sreevathson said it was due to divine blessings that he could make an entry into the noble art of drama. He would continue to patronise the art with the same grit in the years to come, he said.

Deccan N Krishnamoorthy, president of Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha welcomed the gathering. Syndicate Bank general manager C B L Narasimha Rao, Union Bank of India general manager S K Mohapatra also spoke.