Two events celebrated the birth centenary of the multi-faceted S. Rajam, the man who lived eight-plus decades of his eventful life on Nadu Street, Mylapore.
The Rajam Centenary Committee hosted the centenary celebrations on February 8 at The Music Academy.
There were dance and music recitals between speeches by guests who spoke on the many sides of Rajam – musician, scholar, artist, writer, actor and teacher. The man best known for his paintings of the Carnatic music trinity of composers.
Prizes were given to artistes/music students who won in a contest that the hosts had organised.
Vocalists Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam and T. V. Ramprasadh and arts promoter Lalitharam Ramachandran curated this event.
The second of these celebrations was organised by Sunaada Trust in association with Narada Gana Sabha on February 9.
Vocalist Madurai G. S. Mani and dancer-guru Padma Subrahmanyam were the special guests.
Awards were presented to arts promoter V. V. Sundaram, artist Maniam Selvan, journalist S. Janaki, artist Keshav and mridangist Neyveli Venkatesh. Dr Premeela Gurumurthy curated this event.
A souvenir was also released. Later, Sanjay Subrahmanyan presented a vocal concert.