"Tamil music is the embodiment of the history of our people and their culture. It is a driving force that moves people spiritually," said Governor of Meghalaya, V Shanmuganathan, at the 74th annual celebrations of Tamil Isai Sangam held in Chennai.
Speaking on the occasion, he requested Tamil scholars and other musicians to work on the longevity of Tamil music and its growth.
"Being the Governor of Meghalaya, I happen to know that the people there have a passion for music. The Shillong Choir is popular. However, their music is more Westernised. Music, in one's own mother tongue has the power to move people. That is why Tamil music is special," he said.
He also said it is beyond languages, raagas and bhavams.
Earlier, president of Tamil Isai Sangam, P R Gokulakrishnan, said, "Traditional music is our forte. Tamil music has spread world over because of the musicians who have carried it forward, working tirelessly for its improvement. Founded in 1943 by Raja Sir Annamalai Chettiar, the sangam is designed to promote Tamil music and since 1940, the association has supported the Tamil Isai Sangam College for the instruction of Tamil music and offers a diploma with the help of the government."
Honorary secretary of Tamil Isai Sangam, A C Muthiah, was present on the occasion.
(CAPTION: Governor of Meghalaya V Shanmuganathan conferring the title 'Isaiperarignar' on Carnatic musician Sanjay Subrahmanyan and 'Pann Isai Perarignar' on Shanmuga Sundara Desigar at a function held in Chennai. President, Tamil Isai Sangam, P R Gokulakrishnan, and honorary secretary A C Muthiah are also present. )
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