The late MS Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary celebrations, which began last year at Sri Shanmukhananda hall, will conclude with a week-long festival that begins September 12. The Dr MS Subbulakshmi Centenary Awards will be presented to seven of India’s most respected women performers — vocalists Girija Devi, Kishori Amonkar, Aruna Sairam, Vishaka Hari, dancers Yamini Krishnamurthy and Vyjayanthimala Bali and Pandavani exponent Teejan Bai.
Also planned are a dance based on Subbulakshmi’s popular renditions which will feature 100 dancers, a musical tribute called Shata Vadya Sammelanam featuring 100 artistes and a Tamil play called Katrinile Varum Geetham based on the life of the Carnatic music doyen.
“Subbulakshmi had a long, special relationship with Shanmukhananda Hall, which began when the hall was constructed in 1963. It’s only right that we honour her with these celebration,” said V Shankar, president of the Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha.
The Sabha has been working towards highlighting this relationship by setting up a permament exhibition on the life and times of the singer. It launched the centenary celebrations in September last year with a four-day programme that included concerts as well as presentation of the annual MS Subbulakshmi Fellowship in Music to 50 young and promising musicians and the MS Subbulakshmi Sangeetha Pracharya Award to Kathakali exponent Chemenchery Kunhiraman Nair.
This year, the Sangeetha Pracharya Award will be presented to Grammy Award-winning percussionist Vikku Vinayakram, who will also perform at the venue on September 14. The festival will end on Sunday, September 18, with a Sangeet Natak Akademi concert that will feature performances by Begum Parween Sultana, Bharat K Sundar. All events of the festival will be free and open to all.