Isai Gnani Ilaiyaraaja has been chosen this year to receive the prestigious MS Subbulakshmi award. Others who will be receiving the awards include novelist Jayakanthan who has been voted for the Bharathi award and eminent dancer Padma Subramaniam who will be presented with the Bala Saraswati award.
All recipients will receive a cash prize of Rs.1 Lakh and a memento as a token of appreciation which will be presented by the Tamil Nadu State Government. The awards are a result of an announcement made by TN Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi in `09 Assembly to honor the artists who excelled in various fields namely dance, drama, and music.
A great initiative on part of The Tamil Nadu State Government as we hope to see many more names in the years to come.