An interesting name in the list is that of singer Suresh Wadkar, still remembered for his songs in the Kamal Haasan and Sridevi-starrer Sadma. It is not often that a name from Bollywood makes it to the coveted list by the Akademi.
Rakesh Chaurasia was four when he was captivated by the swirling sounds from the flute. His uncle (father’s brother), Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia, was at the peak of his career then, and Rakesh heard the warm notes being created by breathing life into a bamboo reed. “
But more than that Grammy that registered her presence in 2009, for Lakshmi, it was giving voice to one of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajans, Vaishnav jan toh, for Richard Attenburgh’s Gandhi that remained special.
Traditionally, the dance form, a combination of acting and dance, is performed in temple theatres or Koothambalams of Kerala. It remains the only art form that uses drama from ancient Sanskrit theatre.