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Tamil Nadu Governor R. N. Ravi presented the Bhavan’s Legendary Award to the renowned playback singer Vani Jairam. In response to the felicitation, Ms. Jairam said she was honoured to receive such an award from an illustrious institution that was “spreading the values of our culture”.
A portrait of Gnanamba and P. Obul Reddy was unveiled on the occasion.
Diwali Special Number of Bhavan’s Journal issue dated October 15, 2022 was released by the Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu H.E. Sri R. N. Ravi on October 24, 2022.
The Governor was also invited for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s 147th Jayanti celebrations held on October 31, 2022.
The First Copy of the BJ Annual Number was presented to Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan Governor of Telangana and Lt. General of Pondicherry in a function held at Chennai. She was extremely happy to see the cover page celebrating unsung women heroes. The Tamilnadu Governor, Shri R. N. Ravi was also presented a copy during a function held to commemorate the 150th Jayanti of Sri Aurobindo held at the Rajbhavan.
The Bhavan's Vice-President and Governor of Tamil Nadu Shri Banwarilal Purohit greeted the Kendra Director Shri K. N. Ramaswamy on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Sri K. N. Ramaswamy, Director, Bhavan's Chennai Kendra, was bestowed with the prestigious 'Kalaimamani' title by the Government of Tamilnadu on February 20, 2021, for promoting Art and Culture by Thiru. Edapaddy K. Palanisami, the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, at a function held at St. George Fort (Tamilnadu Govt. Secretariat) in the presence of Thiru. O. Paneerselvam, Dy. Chief Minister of Tamilnadu. Many other Ministers and senior officials were present on this occasion. The award carried a citation, a shawl and a gold medallion (40 grams of gold).
People from various walks of life congratulated Sri Ramaswamy on receiving Tamilnadu's most prestigious award and this included the Bhavan's President Shri Surendralal G. Mehta, Thiru Banwarilal Purohit, Hon. Governor of Tamilnadu and Vice-President, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (World-wide), Sri K. Parasaran, Sri M. K. Narayanan (IAS ), Sri N. Murali and Sri N. Ravi of The Hindu and many others. The Award Ceremony was telecast in various television channels and was covered widely in the Print Media.
Sri K. N. Ramaswamy dedicated the award to the Bhavan.
We regret to inform you about the sad demise of Shri L Sabaretnam, Former Chairman, Chennai Kendra on April 25, 2021. He was 81.
A Patron of Bhavan's Chennai Kendra since the last two years, Sri Sabaretnam was a very dedicated person and has served as the Chairman of the Kendra and as a committee member for 25 years.
Sri Sabaretnam was also the Director and Chairman of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team.
He is survived by his two sons and two daughters.
Bhavan's offers its condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Dr. C. V. Krishnaswami, the eminent diabetologist passed away on May 21, 2021. He was 83.
Dr. Krishnaswami has been associated with the Chennai Kendra as the Kendra Committee member for the last 25 years.
A pioneer in his field, he was very attached to children and was instrumental in setting up India's first juvenile diabetes registry.
"He was an extraordinary human being first and a physician par excellence. He had won the hearts of thousands of families who relied on him not just as a doctor but also as a friend," said Ramesh Chandrasekaran, his son-in-law, who is a senior consultant, physician and diabetologist at Prema's Medical and Diabetes Research Centre (PMDRC) of which Dr Krishnaswami was the Director.
Dr. Krishnaswami's friends and colleagues at VHS Hospital where he served for more than 50 years remember him for his yeoman service, humble personality and as a superb orator and 'walking encyclopaedia'.
He is survived by his two daughters and their families. May his soul attain eternal peace.
Tamil Nadu Governor, Shri. R. N. Ravi (I.P.S. Rtd) receiving Bhavan's Journal Diwali Special Issue from Shri K. N. Ramaswamy, Director, Chennai Kendra.
Shri. N. Ravi, Chairman, Chennai Kendra, looks on.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Naatya Utsav 2021 was inaugurated by Preetha Reddy, executive vice-chairperson, Apollo Hospitals on December 16, 2021.
While thanking the performing artistes and the rasikas, she said that between March 2020 and November 2021, most aspects of a normal life which had been taken for granted, just disappeared. Normalcy just became a luxury and our routine had become completely dry and devoid of any celebrations. "Be careful and enjoy yourself since it is a great way to be happy and healthy," she said.
Bharathanatyam dancer and guru, Padma Subrahmanyam said Bhavan was an institution of international repute. She thanked Ms. Reddy and vice-chairman of Bhavan's Chennai Kendra Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti for their contribution to the development of arts.
Bhavan's Chennai Kendra chairman N. Ravi said the just-concluded 21-day-long music festival in which 200 artistes participated was viewed by around 15,000 people online. He said that during the 11-day-long Naatya Utsav, 250 artistes, both young and established and their accompanists, would present individual and group performances. He said the Bhavan was happy to provide top class cultural fare to audiences and a platform to artistes.
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