A six-feet statue of late M S Subbulakshmi,the renowned carnatic musician,will be will be unveiled by West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan at the Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha here on Saturday.
M S,as she was popularly known,was the first singer to be presented the highest civilian award,Bharat Ratna,and also the first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award.
A portrait gallery on M S and her lifes achievements will also be opened at the Sabha premises. Shanmukhananda is the only cultural organisation in the country which has an auditorium named after her and a statue to be installed, said V Shankar,president of the Sabha.
On this occasion,the Sabha will present Dr M S Subbulakshmi fellowships to 15 young and promising artistes. The fellowships carry a cash award of Rs 1 lakh each for three years for recipients to pursue their career in the music field of their choice. The Sabha has also been conferring the Sangeetha Pracharya award in her name for the last 10 years.
After the inauguration ceremony,there will be a musical programme Sangeethanjali by the 15 fellowship artists,who will be accompanied by K V Prasad on Mrudangam and V V Ravi on violin. These two artistes had accompanied M S in the instruments during her time.