M.S. Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary celebrations, which began last year at the Sri Shanmukhananda hall, is concluding with a week-long festival that began on September 12.
M.S. Subbulakshmi’s compassion for the poor, her reverence for her gurus and the incredible affection she had for her rasikas was well known in the artistic circles. Some can recall how she sang for a full extra hour in a concert for the benefit of a poor elderly couple who had walked the whole day to reach her concert but had arrived late. The artists who accompanied her often stayed with her for several years, a mark of the respect she afforded them.
He memory was further acknowledged when The Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi Centenary Awards were presented on Tuesday at a ceremony in Mumbai to seven of India’s most-respected women artistes — vocalists Girija Devi, Kishori Amonkar, Aruna Sairam and Vishaka Hari; dancers Yamini Krishnamurthy and Vyjayantimala Bali; and Pandavani exponent Teejan Bai.
Each of the awardees was given a shawl, a cut-out of Ms Subbulakshmi, a cheque of Rs. 1 lakh and a CD with a collection of her songs.