Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"kalai pEroLi"- 8.2.09

The Lions Club has always been very well known for the great service it has been doing to society,not only in India, but all over the globe.

The Lions Club of Golden Cultural Capital has been conferring every year, the title of "kalai pEroLi" on cultural artists belonging to the Iyal-Isai-Natakam fields.

This year, I had the fortune of being chosen as the recipient of this title for Isai, along with Smt.Anita Guha (Iyal) and Smt.Bombay Gnanam (Natakam).

The award function was arranged at Hotel Savera, Chennai on the 8th of February,2009.

















By convention, the Lions Club District Governor confers this title upon the artists every year. The most pleasant coincidence for me was that, this year's District Governor of the Club happens to be the Principal of the college in which I studied and got both my Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees !!

- Ln.Dr.K.S.Lakshmi,PMJF,District Governor and Principal-Meenakshi College for Women, Chennai.

I was doubly honored to receive the award from her..








(Others in the picture are the dignitaries of the Lions Club, awardee Smt.Anita Guha and awardee Smt.Bombay Gnanam)








I have always had a very special bond with my school and college..As if reading my thoughts, the speech given by the Lions District Governor, felicitating the awardees was a very memorable one for me.

Excerpts from what she had to tell about me in her speech:

"All the guests present here know Gayathri Girish as a musician. Well, I have known her as one of my most disciplined students, a student who had great love and respect for all lecturers in the college, irrespective of the Departments. She did her B.Sc Mathematics and M.C.A (Masters in Computer Applications) from my college and has been the Gold Medallist from the University of Madras. She has always been like my daughter and all of us,lecturers as well as students, love her,for the nice human being that she is."








Giving the acceptance speech









What more an award can I ask for? And that too,from such a magnificent personality?

16 comments:

Sathej said...

Congrats for the award! :) And yes, its always very touching when Principals/teachers have nice words for you. Am sure such occasions would always be cherished..
Sathej

preeya said...

Hi Gayathri,

My heartfelt best wishes to you i pray that you get more awards and reach new milestones. this was a touching post from you. that you still cherish your school and college memories.

and yes as your principal said, you are a nice human being apart from being a great carnatic musician. happy that i know a person like you !

always your rasika,
priya ram

riyer88 said...

Dear Mrs. Girish,

Congratulations in another feather added to your cap of achievements. I pray for your continued success in the field of Carnatic Music.

I hope to hear your live concert in the near future.

With Best Wishes!

Anonymous said...

Hearty congratulations on your getting the well deserved award and that too from your own Principal.We wish you many more such awards in the near future

Mahadevans

Anonymous said...

Congrats for the award! My heartfelt best wishes to you. It is another feather added to your cap. Hearty congratulations on your getting the well deserved award and that too from your own Principal.We wish / pray you achieve many more such awards in future and reach new milestones.
This was a touching post from you, that you still cherish your school and college memories. :) And yes, its always very touching when Principals/teachers have nice words for you. And yes as your principal said, you are a nice human being apart from being a great carnatic musician. Happy that I know a person like you !

I pray for your continued success in the field of Carnatic Music. I hope to hear more of your live concerts in the near future.
Always your rasika, nagraj

P.S. It is a compilation of my fellow bloggers’ comments. Because, whatever I wished to say, they have conveyed..

Sankar said...

Congrats Gayathri !

It sure is a great event to get to meet one's own teacher after a long time and best of all to receive award from her/him. am sure she must have felt more proud !!

" Petrapozhudhinum Peridhuvakum
.... yena keta thai" :)


but then, i also feel, you perhaps have crossed those stages where one needs some recognition. You have had enough recognitions even a decade back. Nevertheless, a bit of recognition doesn't hurt and surely doesn't when it brings nostalgic memories with it, in an occassion like this !

btw, i got to listen to your rendition of "Sri Valli Devasenapathe", finally !! [ http://nowandhere.wordpress.com/2009/01/21/sri-valli-devasenapathe/ ]


was using the amazon link to hear to it so far :

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_dmusic?url=flatten%3D1%26search-alias%3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=%22sri+valli%22&x=0&y=0

luckily, got to find this link today :

http://music.yahoo.com/track/29588659


Regards,

Sankar

lion man said...

Lion Man congrats you on the Lion's club award.

u have scanned the photos real big. the resolution is really poor. u can bring it down by 50%.

ஜீவா (Jeeva Venkataraman) said...

மன்மார்ந்த வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

Gayathri Girish said...

ஜீவா அவர்களே,

மிக்க நன்றி :-)

அன்புடன்,
காயத்ரி கிரீஷ்

Gayathri Girish said...

Dear All,

Thanks for all your wishes:-)

Lion Man,
Thanks:-).The photos were mailed to me by a Lions Club Member. I will see to it that these get replaced with photos with better resolution soon.

Sankar,
I will soon put up a few audio files of mine here, as suggested by you :-)

Gayathri Girish

pushkala said...

Hearty congratulations from all of us. Wishing you many many more awards and honors..

pushkala

Sankar said...

quote :

"Sankar,
I will soon put up a few audio files of mine here, as suggested by you :-)"

That would be great ! Thank you

Regards

Sankar

SAI<=>MUSIC said...

Great gng mam!!! good for your career and it is a well deserved award... wish u gud luck for getting many more of such awards.

Suresh V said...

Congratulations on the award! You are in great company.

For the benefit of those who could not attend, it would be nice to read the text of your acceptance speech!

Priya Ram said...

Hi Gayathri,

yes as mr.suresh said, do post ur acceptance speech too. eagerly waiting to read it...

Gayathri Girish said...

Hi Suresh,

The acceptance speech that I gave that day was extempore and I didn't have any particular agenda in mind when I went up to the podium. Three of us being awarded,I presumed that the most elderly of the lot would be asked to speak on everyone's behalf (Smt.Bombay Gnanam). But then, it so happened that all three of us were asked to speak.

Mrs.Anita Guha spoke first and all I remember is that I took a lead from a very relevant point that she said and expanded on it further from my view point.

Otherwise, I just spoke whatever came to my mind at that point and thanked the Lions Club for their gesture.

My acceptance speech was in Tamil interspersed with English. (Mr.Jeeva, please make a note :-) )

Gayathri