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 

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