Acclaimed Indian violinist L Subramaniam and Kathak exponent Roshan Kumari were honoured with the prestigious Hafiz Ali Khan Award 2014 by renowned Sarod player Ustad Amzad Ali Khan at a function in Gwalior.
The award was instituted by Amzad Ali Khan in 1985 in the memory of his father Hafiz Ali Khan, a great court musician of the Gwalior Gharana.
Subramaiam and Kumari said that it was a matter of pride for both of them to receive the honour at Gwalior which is “a temple of music”.
Subramaniam, an acclaimed Indian violinist, composer and conductor, is trained in classical Carnatic musical tradition and Western classical music and Kumari is India’s leading exponent of Kathak of Jaipur Gharana.
“We will never forget the honour which we have received here. As long as functions related to classical music will be organised, nobody would be able to diminish Indian music from the world,” they said.
State industries minister Yashodhararaje Scindia, who was supposed to present the award to the acclaimed artistes, could not make it to the programme following official commitments in Bhopal.
Later, Ali Khan gave the award to Subramaniam and Kumari that carries a shawl and a citation.
Speaking on the occasion, Khan said, “We should patronise our artists. Earlier, kings used to patronise art and culture and now governments should play this role for ensuring music’s existence.”
Khan also honoured Subramaniam’s wife and noted playback singer Kavita Krishnamurthy on the occasion. Khan’s sons, Amaan and Ayaan, Sarod players performed along with the renowned tabla player Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari.
They began their concert with raag Shri and later rendered Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite devotional song Vaishnav Jana To and ended the evening with raag Durga.