Prominent carnatic musician R K Srikandan chosen for award
Renowned carnatic musician Dr R K Srikandan, who has been chosen for the 'Swati puraskaram' for his contribution to the world of carnatic music, will be conferred the honour on June 28.
Speaking to reporters, Dr Prabhakaran Pazhassi, Secretary, Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, said the award will be given away by Kerala Minister for Culture Affairs and Education M A Baby at nearby Tripunithara.
The award was instituted in memory of Maharaja Swati Thirunal in 1997 and the inaugural year the Kerala government had given the award directly to the winners. But since 1998 the award was given by the akademi, he said.
The award consists of a prize money of Rs one lakh, citation and a statuette.
Srikandan was born in 1920 in Karnataka's Hassan District and had won innumerable awards for his music. Widely travelled Srikandan was the visiting professor at Palakkad Music College. In 2005 Bangalore University had honoured him with a honorory doctorate.