Differently-abled musicians honoured at the 15th Edition of – Rotary Parallel Music Fest 2019.


Nippon Paint in association with the Rotary Club of Madras Coromandel and co-powered by Coromandel Super Power  held the 15th edition of their annual Signature Event the Nippon Paint – Rotary Parallel Music Fest. Mr.N.Murali, President, Music Academy along with renowned Carnatic Vocalist and Sangita Kalanidhi Designate Vidushi Dr.S.Sowmya inaugurated the conference.The packed hall had many visually challenged students, rasikas and host of rotarians and their families.

Three differently-abled musicians – Vidhushi Hemalatha Mani for Veena,was given the Liftime Achievement Award. Violinist Vidwan – T.K.Padmanabhan was presented Distinguished Carnatic Musician Award  and Vocalist Vidwan – Namagiripettai S. Gokulakrishnan was given Promising Carnatic Musician Award – were on Tuesday honoured at the Annual Nippon Paint-Rotary Parallel Music Fest 2019, at The Music Academy.

Mr.N.Murali, President, Music Academy said the concept of Parallel Fest was laudable and unique. He congratulated the Rotary Club of Madras Coromandel for giving an opportunity to disabled artists to showcase their talents and give them a platform to grow and develop like main stream musicians.

President, B.Ramesh, Rotary Club of Madras Coromandel said it was former President Abdul Kalam who inspired the members of his club,to plan this Parallel Music Fest to encourage the differently abled 15 Years ago. He informed that Karna Vidya an  organisation setup by the club has so for helped 1,500 visually challenged students.

Ramesh added the long-term objective is to feature internationally acclaimed disabled classical musicians from across the world, making the fest truly unique and unparalleled.

Rtn. Nirmala Raghavan , Chair – Parallel Music Fest said it is an inclusive event keeping up with theme of “empowering people with disabilities”. We want to showcase the talents of differently-abled musicians along with main stream artistes year on year.


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