Chembai Puraskaram

Chembai Puraskaram
Sree Guruvayurappan Chembai Puraskaram,instituted by Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayur,is instituted in memory of the late Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. The award, comprising a cash prize of Rs 50,001, a gold locket of Sree Guruvayurappan, a citation and ponnadai. The award will be presented during Chembai Music festival. Chembai Sangeetholsavam is an annual Carnatic music festival held in Guruvayur by the Guruvayur Devaswom (similar to the Thyagaraja Aradhana at Thiruvaiyaru) as a kind of homage to Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, one of the titans of Carnatic Classical Music.The Chembai Sangeetholsavam runs till November end. On the Ekadasi day, the concerts are dedicated to Chembai who was known for his musical prayers at this famed temple on Ekadasi. On this day, artistes will perform the pancharatna kritis and five favourite songs of Chembai.

Award Winners

Veena maestro A. Ananthapadmanabhan (2011)
veena maestro A. Ananthapadmanabhan joined All India Radio, Thrissur, in 1975.Under his guidance, the Thrissur station of AIR produced several musical features that won acclaim at the national level. He has been selected for the Sangeeta Nataka Akademi Award in 2006.
Carnatic musician K.G. Jayan (2010)
Kalaratnam K.G.JAYAN (Jayavijaya) the only living disciple and torchbearer of the Ascended Master Padma Vibhooshan Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. Kalaratnam K.G. Jayan is in pursuit of creating new ragas in Carnatic music. His magnificent obsession is on research in Music Neurology.
Carnatic vocalist Parassala Ponnammal (2009)
Smt. Prof. Parassala B Ponnammal served as the Principal of RLV College of Music at Thripunithura for a decade. Smt. Ponnammal has the rare honor of being the first woman to sing at the Navaratri Mandapam at Thiruvanathapuram during the Navaratri Music festival.
Mridangam maestro Mavelikkara Velukkutty Nair (2008)
Prof. Mavelikkara K Velukkutty Nair is one of the legendry Mrudangam Maestro in Kerala. He had undergone preliminary lessons in Mridangam from father Mridanga Vidwan Muthukulam S. Kumara Pillai. Later undergone advanced training from Maestro Padmabhooshan Palghat Mani Iyer under Gurukula system for a period of 8 years.
Carnatic vocalist M. Balamuralikrishna (2007)
Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna is a Carnatic vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and a playback singer. He is also acclaimed as a poet, composer and respected by all Indian classical musicians for his knowledge of Carnatic Music.
Violin maestro M.S. Gopalakrishnan (2006)
He is a violinist in the field of Carnatic music. He has been a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, Padma Sri, Kalaimamani, Sangeetha Kalanidhi and 1997 Sangeet Natak Akademi awards, and is commonly grouped with Lalgudi Jayaraman and T.N.Krishnan as part of the violin-trinity of carnatic music.
Carnatic musician and mridangam maestro T V Gopalakrishnan (2005)
TVG, as he is popularly known, was born in 1932 in a musical family at Thripunithura. He began accompanying the doyen of Carnatic music, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, initially on the mridangam. Thus began his long association with 

Nadacharya Award

Nadacharya Award
Nadacharya is an award instituted by Agni Cultural Academy to identify and reward the best teacher in classical music. The best teacher who creates professionals in the field of classical music will be chosen by Agni. The Nadacharya title was conferred upon three renowned personalities in the field of Classical Music, since the award was instituted, and they are:

Award Winners

Mridangam maestro Mavelikkara Velukkutty Nair (2011)
Prof. Mavelikkara K Velukkutty Nair is one of the legendry Mrudangam Maestro in Kerala. He had undergone preliminary lessons in Mridangam from father Mridanga Vidwan Muthukulam S. Kumara Pillai. Later undergone advanced training from Maestro Padmabhooshan Palghat Mani Iyer under Gurukula system for a period of 8 years.
Smt. Parassala Ponnammal (2010)
Smt. Prof. Parassala B Ponnammal served as the Principal of RLV College of Music at Thripunithura for a decade. Smt. Ponnammal has the rare honor of being the first woman to sing at the Navaratri Mandapam at Thiruvanathapuram during the Navaratri Music festival.
veteran musician Sri. Mangad Natesan (2009)
veteran musician cum great teacher
Violin Mastero Ragaratnam Nedumangad Sivanandan (2008)
He had taken his diploma Ganabhooshan from Sree Swathi Thirunnal Sangeetha College Trivandrum in the year 1954. Recognising his contributions in 2001 Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy honoured him with an Award.

Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award

Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award
SWARALAYA is Kerala\'s reputed cultural organization dedicated to music and arts.Since its founding, Swaralaya has been tirelessly working to promote, revive,and maintain the coveted position of music in the cultural fibre of our society KAIRALI, Kerala\'s premier channel,growing through malayalee\'s soul, has now come up with various specialized music programmes to thrill music lovers in kerala. SWARALAYA YESUDAS AWARD is a prestigious award in recognition to the outstanding performance in the field of music, instituted jointly by Swaralaya and Kairali Channel. Awards have been given annually since 2000 and Swaralaya organizes the Gandharvasandhya every year as a coming together of the best and most renowned exponents in the art of music from all over the country.The festival becomes an occasion to honour and felicitate stalwarts with the prestigious Dr. K. J. Yesudas Awards.

Swaralaya Yesudas Award

M. G. Sreekumar (2011)
M. G. Sreekumar is a two-time National Award-winning Indian playback singer and music director who works in Malayalam cinema. With a career of over 25 years, he is one of the prominent male singers in the Malayalam film industry. He is known for matching voice with Malayalam actor Mohanlal.
Shreya Ghoshal (2010)
Shreya Ghoshal is a playback singer in almost all indian languages. she received National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer along with Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. Since then, she has worked in more than 180 films and received four National Film Awards, four Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and four Filmfare Awards South.
Sujatha Mohan (2009)
Sujatha Mohan is an award-winning Indian playback singer who is popular for singing in Malayalam and Tamil movies. She is widely popular for her evergreen melodies and her sweet voice is considered to be her biggest asset. She has nearly 4,000 songs to her credit.
Kavita Subramaniam (2008)
Kavita Subramaniam is a well-known Indian film playback singer.She is classically trained and has sung a wide range of classical-based songs. In her career, she has worked with a variety of music composers, including R. D. Burman and A. R. Rahman. She is also the recipient of four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, including 3 consecutive awards in the period 1994–1996 and the prestigious Padmashri which she received in 2006.
Shankar Mahadevan (2007)
Shankar Mahadevan is an Indian music composer and singer. He is a part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy trio team that composes for Indian films and a playback singer.
A.R. Rahman (2006)
A R Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist. He has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards, thirteen Filmfare Awards South in addition to numerous other awards and nominations.
Sonu Nigam (2005)
Sonu Nigam is an Indian playback singer whose songs have been featured in numerous Hindi and Kannada movies. He has also released numerous Indi-pop albums and acted in a few Hindi feature films.
Hariharan (2004)
Hariharan is an Indian playback singer and an established ghazal singer, and one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music. His melody is strongly appreciated by the film fraternity. In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India and is a two time National Award winner.
K.S. Chithra (2003)
K. S. Chithra is an Indian playback singer Popularly referred to as Chinna Kuyil. Chitra sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music. She has recorded more than 19,000 film songs and is a recipient of six National Film Awards (the most by any female singer), five Filmfare Awards and more than thirty different state film awards. She is the only singer to have won all the 4 South Indian state awards till date.
Asha Bhosle (2002)
Asha Bhosle is one of most well-known Indian singers. She is best known as a Hindi playback singers, although she has a wider repertoire. Bhosle\'s career started in 1943 and has spanned over six decades. She has done playback singing for over a thousand Bollywood movies.
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (2001)
He is referred to as S. P. B. or Balu by the media. He has won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer six times closely following K. J. Yesudas. He holds a record to have won the Nandi Awards twenty five times from Andhra Pradesh state government.
P. Jayachandran (2000)
National award winning Malayalam playback singer P. Jayachandran is a monumental figure in the Malayalam film industry.He has sung more than 1000 songs for Malayalam movies over the years and is affectionately called the Bhava Gayakan.

Lifetime Achivement Award

Shyam (2011)
Lata Mangeshkar (2010)
M.K. Arjunan Master (2009)
M.S. Viswanathan (2008)
V. Dakshinamoorthy (2007)
K. Raghavan Master (2006)
P. Susheela (2005)
Santha. P. Nair (2004)
P. Leela (2003)
Manna Dey (2002)
S. Janaki (2001)