Seven individuals from the State have been chosen for the Padma Shri Award for his or her contribution within the fields of artwork, literature and training, drugs, and social work. ActorSowcarJanaki,Sadir dancerR.Muthukannammal,ClarinetvidwanA.Okay.C.NatarajanandShehnai maestroS.BalleshBhajantri have been chosen from the humanities sector. Within the subject of literature and training, Pollachi-basedSirpiBalasubramaniamhas beenrecognised. Diabetologist V.Seshiahhas been honoured for his contribution to treating the situation, particularly gestational diabetes,andS.Damodaran,a socialworker, has been awarded for his work on setting up bathrooms and offering ingesting water to distant villages.
Veteran actressSowcarJanaki stated: “I’ve received so many awards for my performances through the years, together with lifetime achievement awards. However I’m immensely pleased with this nationalhonour. It is sort of a crown to all the opposite awards I’ve beenhonouredwith.”
Beinghonouredfrom Tamil Nadu, and being amongst individuals from completely different fields who’ve been recognised,was particular, she stated.
She made her debut within the 1950 movieShavukaru,directed by L.V. Prasad, reverse N.T. Rama Rao. In a profession spanning over seven a long time,Ms.Janaki began off as a radio artiste, and has labored in movies throughout languages, together with Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. She has additionally labored as a stage artiste. “By my profession in movies, I’ve been very lucky to work with the most effective of manufacturing homes and actors. I just lately completed filming for a Telugu movie, helmed by director Nandini Reddy,” stated the veteran actor.
Muthukannammalmay havebegun to indicate indicators of her advancing age,buttheSadhirdancer and the final residing Devadasi’s eyes twinkle when requested to carry out. “I could cease strolling, however I’ll by no means cease dancing,” she says.The Padma Shri award isn’t just a recognition of my work, but additionally that of my ancestors, who taught the artwork kind to me, the 85-year-old says. By this recognition, she hopes extra individuals will attempt to learnSadhirattam.Seventy-eight years after she first carried out, she continues to show the artwork kind and visits varied dance institutes throughout the State within the hope that it might be carried on after her. “We by no means wrote down the songs; every little thing is in my thoughts,”saysMs. Muthukannammal,who can sing in Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit and even Maithili.
On the age of 92,Tiruchi-based clarinet virtuoso AKC (AenjalaKuppusamiChinnikrishna) Natarajan is elated to have acquired the Padma Shri award.
“Recognition is vital for an artiste. I’ve at all times keenly anticipated the Padma Shri, as a result of it’s an official acknowledgement of 1’s expertise. It’s true that I’ve acquired many accolades and titles from a wide range of establishments earlier than. These are an expression of individuals’s affection for, and adoration of, my artwork. The Padma Shri, however, is sort of a validation of 1’s work. Each are important for an artiste,” stated Mr. Natarajan, who’s also called ‘Clarinet Everest’ in Carnatic music circles.*
Shehnai maestro and Hindustani vocalistPanditS.BalleshBhajantri, who hails from Belgaum in Karnataka however has settled in Chennai’sSaligramam,didn’t consider that it was certainly a callfrom the Dwelling Ministry. “I had not utilized for any award, and there have been many occasions once we thought many extra deserving individuals ought to have been chosen for the Padma awards.This got here as an actual surpriseto me,” stated the Shehnai artiste, who has performedin round 45,000 movie songs in Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu and even Marathi.
“I got here to Chennai some 38 years in the past, after acquiring an A grade in AIR. I learnt music from my father,Pandit SannaBharamappaBhajantri,UstadBismillah Khan in Varanasi,PanditPuttarajaGawai,and PanditKodandSalunke. I fell in love with theshehnaisince it was performed on the radio within the morning. I began studying it once I was simply 12,” stated Mr.Bhajantri, who, alongside along with his sonKrishnaBallesh, was awarded theTamil Nadu authorities’sKalaimamani Award in2020.
86-year-oldSirpiP. Balasubramaniam sees the award, although delayed, as a nationwide recognition for his 50 to 60 years of involvement within the Tamil literary subject.
A two-time SahityaAkademiawardee and a recipient of the Kalaimamani Award from the State authorities, he did his education in erstwhile Kochi in Malayalam medium. He had his first encounter with Tamil literature in Jamal Mohammed Faculty inTiruchi,and fondly remembers his professor, AbdulKafoor,who endeared him to Tamil literature.
He taught Tamil for 30-years at Nallamuthu Mahalingam Faculty in Pollachi, and served as Head of the Division of Tamil atBharathiarUniversity.Having printed 130 books,Mr. Balasubramaniam’s literary works proceed in his capability as Director ofArutselvarN. Mahalingam Translation Centre.
V. Seshiahstudied drugs at Madras Medical Faculty after being impressed by his brother, Perumal.It turned out to be the proper calling for him, as in 1978, he established the Division of Diabetology at MMCand in 1985, the Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetology.
He has performed seminal work in gestational diabetes, and at the moment, the protocols he helped develop are being adopted whereas screening pregnant ladies. He was the primary to begin a separate clinic for being pregnant and diabetes on the Ladies and Kids’s Hospital inEgmorein 1979.
“The Padma Shri award is an enormous impetus. This recognition offers me the flexibility to say what I wish to say,”Dr.Seshiahsaid.“The Authorities of India has recognisedthat we began the Division of Diabetology a lot earlier. It has given tips for analysis of gestational diabetes mellitus and its administration. It’s the solely situation that has beenrecognised,” he stated.
He served within the Indian Military throughout the India-China and India-Pakistan wars, and later on the Uri-Poonch bulge, for which he wasrecognisedwith the Samar Seva Award in 1965 andthe SainyaSeva Medal.
S. Damodaran, 59, has spent over three a long time elevating consciousness concerning the hyperlink between clear water, sanitation and hygiene by means of his NGO,Gramalaya, based mostly inTiruchi. He devoted his Padma Shri Award for social service to the employees and companions of hisorganisation, and stated Gramalaya’spurpose had advanced with the altering occasions.
“We consciously selected to concentrate on water, sanitation and hygiene as a result of these are key to our survival. Once we began out in 1987, most houses lacked ingesting water provide and bathrooms. Getting individuals to vary over to home bathrooms after years of open defecation was not straightforward, however with the passage of time, our message of the hyperlink between sanitation and good well being has began reaching the general public. Now, everyone knows that offering a rest room and ingesting water at residence are part of preventive healthcare,” Mr. Damodaran stated.