Learning music involved gaining knowledge coupled with listening , memorising and meditation. It had to be kept in good form by constant practice. Music has a profound effect on the listener, enforces discipline and kindles creativity and builds character. It has a universal appeal. Natya is the fifth Veda and encompasses melody, rhythm and movement, he said.
Pantula Rama, noted vocalist was conferred ‘Isai Peroli' title and Janaki Rangarajan, a Bharatanatyam exponent was conferred Nadanamamani The awards carried a shawl, medal, citation and a cash purse of Rs 25,000.
Felicitating the recipients, Dr Vyjayantimala Bali, noted dancer said both the recipients started their practice in the respective fields at a very early age.
Dr Pantula Rama was a multifaceted musician who had even published a book. She lauded Dr Janaki Rangarajan for also being trained in Carnatic music as music was a very important facet of dancing.
The best organiser award was presented to V Narasimhan, Secretary, Asthika Samajam, Tiruvanmiyur.
D K Pattammal Award of Excellence was presented to S M Vilasini.