Gana Sabha on Friday conferred the Gaana Padmam
award on vocalist Nithyashri Mahadevan in Chennai on
Friday. Dramatist S Ve Shekher received the Gaana
The award ceremony marked the beginning of Brahma
Gana Sabha's arts festival this year, at the Smt
Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium.
Speaking on the occasion, Nithyasri Mahadevan
attributed the honour to the blessings of her
paternal grandmother D K Pattammal, maternal
grandfather Palghat Mani Iyer, and the effort and
support of her family.
She has instituted an award in the name of D K
Pattammal to be awarded by the Sabha. This year,
musician T N Seshagopalan will receive the honour.
K Jayarama Krishnan, vice-president, Tata
Consultancy Services,A Natarajan, former director of
Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai, president of the Sabha
Nalli Kuppusami Chetti and others spoke.