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Isaiazhwar award for AK Palanivel
The 14th edition of Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru, the annual music festival organised by Lakshman Sruthi Musicals, will begin on 18 December at Kamaraj arangam. To be inaugurated by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, the event will see thavil maestro A K Palanivel will receive the ‘Isaiyazhwar’ award from the Chief Minister. A K Palanivel first learnt thavil drumming under the tutelage of his father S Kumaravel. From 1959 onwards, he was given extensive training from T G Muthukumara Swamy Pillai. He has performed widely in India and abroad accompanying senior artistes and participating in ensembles of instrumental music and also dance. In 2001 he received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri in 2004.