CHENNAI: As a part of their flagship project The Rotary Club in association with Vodafone organised the Parallel Music fest at the Music Academy on Wednesday. The whole mini hall was gleaming with excitement as many disabled young men, women and children flocked in to participate. Carnatic vocalist Kalaimamani H Ramakrishnan was awarded the Differently Abled Artist Award of the year. “I am very humbled to have received this award but I also request music concert managers and others in the city to have differently abled friendly stages and other equipment. I also feel that there is a need to recognise the musical talent laden within many like me. Once we get recognised then we can easily find our own way to the top,” said Ramakrishnan. Eminent vocalist TV Gopalakrishnan was the guest of honour and had presented the award to Ramakrishnan along with N Murali, President of Madras Music Academy. “Awards and honours will keep coming and going it is upto us to follow our path and reach pur goal. Ramakrishnan is an epitome of this message, he never gives up,” he said.. The event was followed by a short recital by H Ramakrishnan, “Being differently abled is being distinctively abled and standing apart from the crowd.