Nadasurabhi Cultural Association located in Koramangala, Bangalore is in the forefront of promoting Classical Carnatic Music. Nadasurabhi conducts the highest quality music concerts every month and a week-long Annual Festival in November, free of charge to all rasikas. Our other events include a youth festival, Thyagaraja and Purandaradasa Aradhana, and music competitions for children.
Nadasurabhi, in the year 2007 decided to institute an Award- Sangeetha Surabhi. The award is given to leading musicians for their immense lifetime contribution to the field of Carnatic Music. The award is given away during a special function held in conjunction with the Annual Music Festival held every November. With great respect the awardee is honoured with a Shawl, a Citation and a Purse. Following are the details of the awardees.
The senior most Carnatic vocalist from Bangalore Smt.Neela Ramgopal was bestowed with the title of Sangeetha Surabhi for the year 2015 in a grand function on 8th November 2015. Dr.Raghavendra, Ananya, presented the felicitation speech when he recalled the enormous contribution of Smt. Neela Ramgopal to the cause of Carnatic Music. Sri. Krishna Prasad, Hon.Secretary of Sree Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira released the biography of Smt. Neela Ramgopal written by Smt.Harini Raghavan, General Secretary, Nadasurabhi. Smt.Neela Ramgopal, in her acceptance speech, emphasised the need for support from various quarters, especially the family to be successful in a musical career. Also, she gave the message to young students that very hard work by continuous practice alone can help in achieving greatness in Indian classical music..
One of the greatest musicians and musicologists of our time, Dr.R.Vedavalli was bestowed with the title of Sangeetha Surabhi for the year 2014 in a grand function on 16th November 2014. Sri. N.S.Krishnamurthy, Director of AIR, Bangalore (Retd.) presented the felicitation speech where he recounted the immense contribution of Dr.Vedavalli to the cause of Carnatic Music. Smt.Neela Ramgopal, a close friend and fellow musician from Bangalore spoke a few words about Dr.Vedavalli, with affection. In her acceptance speech, Dr.Vedavalli expressed her thanks with great humility and dignity.
The seventh Sangeetha Surabhi award was presented to Carnatic Music maestro Madurai Sri.T.N.Seshagopalan on 17th November 2013. Here is a brief write up about the grand event.
In the continued effort of Nadasurabhi in honouring senior musicians who have contributed immensely towards the growth of Carnatic Music, Madurai Sri.T.N.Seshagopalan, an unparallelled genius in his field was felicitated on the morning of 17th November 2013. In front of an august audience, Smt.Harini Raghavan, General Secretary read out the citation briefly going through the various achievements of the maestro. The award was received by Vidwan T.N.S.Krishna, son and disciple of Sri. Seshagopalan, on behalf of his father. The chief guest Prof. Mysore V Subramanya, in his felicitation address recalled the 25 years of his personal association with Sri.TNS. Mentioning the uniqueness of the great musician, he described the way swarakalpana would come bubbling through in Sri.TNS's concerts like a "pravaaha" , his guru bhakthi, total concentration in music during concerts without distractions and several personal anecdotes. Sri. TNS Krishna, in his acceptance speech brought out the special relationship that his father holds with Karnataka and also specifically Nadasurabhi. He also mentioned about the multifaceted genius of his father, whom he is privileged to represent on this day (due to ill health of Sri.TNS).
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