The strains nadaswaram permeated as , Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Cultural Festival 2015 was inaugurated by N. Murali, Vice-Chairman, The Hindu, and president, The Music Academy.
Speaking at the inauguration, Mr. Murali said that the event was a precursor to the forthcoming Chennai Music Festival, which is instrumental in making the city the country’s cultural hub. “
He also spoke on what made Bhavan a great institution. “ ” Eminent violinist A. Kanyakumari and renowned musician Neyveli Santhanagopalan were honoured with the P. Obul Reddy and P. Gnanambal Memorial Lifetime Achievement Awards instituted by P. Vijayakumar Reddy and Preetha Reddy.
Dr. Jayanthasree Balakrishnan, Professor, Department of English from PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, said music and arts were of the highest importance and Bhavan’s efforts to keep the arts alive were steady
Justice S. Jagadeesan, former judge of the Madras High Court, said “Kanyakumari is a violinist par excellence while Santhanagopalan is erudite and known for his depth of knowledge.”