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Kavita to receive Lata award today

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan will confer Lata Mangeshkar award on illustrious playback singer Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam at a function to be held at Nehru Stadium tomorrow evening. State Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma will preside over the function.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 00:38 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan will confer Lata Mangeshkar award on illustrious playback singer Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam at a function to be held at Nehru Stadium tomorrow evening. State Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma will preside over the function.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a citation. Kavita will also perform after receiving the award. Her equally illustrious husband and world-renowned violinist Dr L Subramaniam will also give a performance. Six mega screens have been installed at the Stadium for convenience of the audience.

Kavita, whose mellifluous voice has given life to many lyrics and screen heroines, has sung 15,000 songs so far in different languages including English and Nepalese. The singer, who has recorded songs with two generation of singers from Manna De, Kishor Kumar to Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam and Shaan, has worked under acclaimed music directors like Naushad, Khaiyyam, O P Nayyar, R D Burman, A R Rahman and Shankar-Ehsan-Loy.

The Delhi-born economics graduate from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, began her recording career in 1971 with a  Bangla film song. However, she shot to fame while lending her voice for films like Mr India, Saudagar, Khuda Gawah, 1942 – A Love Story and Mangal Pandey - The Rising.

Recipient of Padmashri, Filmfare and other awards, Kavita has performed all over the world including Albert Hall in London, Kennedy Centre in Washington, Madison Square Gardens and Zhongshan Music Hall, Beijing.

Dr L Subramaniam, the violin icon from India, has been showered with several epithets. But Lord Yehudi Menuhin described his music best when he said, “I find nothing more inspiring than the music-making of my very great colleague Subramaniam. Each time I listen to him, I am carried away in wonderment.”

An MBBS degree holder from Madras Medical College and Master’s degree in western music from California, Dr Subramaniam is the only musician who has performed, recorded Carnatic classical music, western classical music, orchestral, non-orchestral music and also composed for different genres of music including jazz, occidental and jugalbandis with north Indian musicians.

Since 1973, he has been collaborating with world music icons like Yehudi Menuhin, Stephane Grappell, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Steven Segal, George Duke, Earl Klugh, Billy Coburn and Ravi Coltrane to name a few. Recipient of Padma Bhushan and Sangeet Natak Akademi award, the violinist and his singer wife represented Asian continent in the album released to commemorate 100 years of Nobel Prize.

The violinist, who has also composed music for films like Salaam Bombay, Mississippi Masala and Cotton Mary, has released four CD sets called ‘An anthology of South Indian music’ to help people in comprehending South Indian music.

But the globally acknowledged instrumentalist, who completed world tour of Lakshminarayan Global Music Festival in 2004, concludes about his contribution humbly — “Music is a vast ocean and no one can claim to know it all. The more you know, the more you realise how little you know. It is an eternal quest.””