Carnatic musician Sairam honoured

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New York, Aug 20 (UNI) Noted Carnatic musician Aruna Sairam was felicitated with major honours extended by various dignitaries and organisations at a concert here.

Shri Vari Foundation, a group set up to promote Indian spirituality, music and dance in the New York area, organised the concert-cum-felicitation ceremony for the Chennai-based classical singer.

Harry Anand, mayor of Laurel Hollow village situated on nearby Long Island, was present as the chief guest on the occasion. Mr Anand, the only Indian-American mayor in New York State, handed over a congressional proclamation and the Stars and Stripes (the US national flag) to Ms Sairam.

The proclamation was made possible through the good offices of Christopher Shays (member of the US House of Representatives from Connecticut) and Nick Lampson (member of the US House of Representatives from Texas).

Ms Sairam has performed at such places as Le Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Carnegie Hall (NY) and the Festival of Sacred Music (Morocco), besides Rashtrapati Bhavan (New Delhi). She is often described as the 'musical ambassador' of India.

Mr Anand said Ms Sairam had become an international legend through her contributions to Indian music. Mr Shays described her in his message as one of the most renowned and beloved representatives of Carnatic vocal music.

Member of the City Council Hiram Monserrate read out a proclamation issued by the civic body to honour the singer. George Abraham, a technology officer at the UN, Ajay Gondane, deputy consul general and Albert Chelladurai, president of the local Tamil Sangam also praised Ms Sairam at the weekend function.

Prakaash M Swami, founder-president of the foundation, expressed gratitude to the organisations and individuals for felicitating the musician and thus contributing to the promotion of Indian culture and art in the New York area.

On Independence Day, Ms Sairam's sanging enthralled Indians gathered at the consulate, where she was honoured by Consul General Neelam Deo.

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