CHENNAI: At the inaugaral ceremony of Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru, an eight-day music and dance extravaganza, organised by Lakshmansruthi musicals, held at Kamarajar Arangam on Thursday, the audience couldn’t control their excitement when they saw actor Vivekh making an entry with former President APJ Abdul Kalam. While many would’ve known that Vivekh had derived a great amount of inspiration from Kalam, it was a rare occasion to see both of them exchanging pleasantries.
The event saw Nadhaswaram exponent Thiruvizha Jayashankar receiving the Isai Alwar Award from Kalam. Speaking on the occasion, Kalam said, “I’m humbled to be among so many great musicians. Music is one of the pathways to reach God.” Pitching for a stronger role to be played by the government for promoting carnatic music, he added, “The government should focus on promoting carnatic music.”
Vivekh said that he had no knowledge about music as such, but he went on to explain emotions attached to each of the ragas. He also congratulated the organisers of Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru.
(The festival will see performances by 52 reputed artistes from the field of music)