Chennai, Dec 19:
Chief Minister Edapadi K. Palaniswami inaugurated the 14th edition of Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru Music Festival organised by Lakshman Sruthi at Kamarajar Arangam.
Chief Minister said that the State government will consider the request for recognising light music as an organised industry.
Inaugurating the 14th edition of Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru Music Festival organised by Lakshman Sruthi at Kamarajar Arangam, Cheif Minister said that the Margazhi music festival was unique to Chennai and added that like migratory birds flocking to Vedanthangal, music lovers and musicians flocked to the city every year.
He recalled how former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa loved all kinds of music and was an accomplished Bharathanatyam dancer.
He also presented the Isai Alwar Award to thavil vidwan A.K. Palanivel. Veteran actor Sarojadevi unveiled a wax statue of music director M.S. Viswanathan.V. Lakshman of Lakshman Sruthi urged Palaniswami to ensure that classical music and dance programmes are conducted in all the districts. He also requested that light music be recognised as an industry so that the over one lakh persons involved in the profession would benefit.
Ishari K. Ganesh, Chancellor, Vels University, Devanathan Yadav of the India Makkal Kalvi Munnetra Kazhagam, Pothy’s managing director Ramesh, industrialist Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetti and Adyar Ananda Bhavan’s K.T. Srinivasaraja were among those present. The festival will be on till December 25.