Music Academy honour is like winning Wimbledon: Aruna Sairam

Chennai, Oct 19 : The Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal was conferred on eminent carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam at a function held at the city's hallowed institution for Carnatic music, the Music Academy, before a packed audience of music lovers.

The award, instituted by TAFE Chairman Mallika Srinivasan in association with the Music Academy in memory of her mother Ms Indira Sivasailam, recognises Carnatic Musicians on the basis of clearly defined parameters and the recipient was chosen by an eminent jury constituted by her and the Music Academy. This year the medal was conferred on Ms Aruna Sairam in recognition of her contribution to carnatic music.

The awarding of medal was followed by the third annual Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert which was rendered by Aruna Sairam, last evening. Speaking on the occasion, Music Academy President N Murali said the Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert was an eagerly awaited event at Music Academy during every Navarathri. Ms Aruna Sairam, who is the worthy artist chosen for this prestigious concert and medal this year, has been a popular Carnatic vocalist who had enthralled music lovers both in India and abroad with her captivating music, he said.

Ms Mallika Srinivasan over the past three years since the award was instituted under the aegis of Music Academy, it has been heartening to see the overwhelming response from the connoisseurs of music who look forward to this annual event during the Navarathri Season. Ms Aruna Sairam, in her acceptance speech, said "Ms Indira Sivasailam believes that Carnatic music was the best vehicle of our spirituality and culture. Hence, music and musicians should be supported and honoured." Likening the Music Academy to that of the famous Tennis venue Wimbledon in England, Ms Aruna said "wherever you perform, whatever you do, what you perform at the Music Academy is always watched".

"What the members and experts of Music Academy think of you always counts. Under the leadership of Mr Murali, this August organization stands as a towering presence in the cultural life of India", she said, adding "if I can draw a parallel, the Music Academy is like the Wimbledon." "Winning the Wimbledon championship is the ultimate goal for any tennis player from the day he/she starts playing. Winning the recognition of the Music Academy is the ultimate dream of all Carnatic musicians from the day he/s