Tamil composer, singer and lyricist Ilaiyaraaja has bagged the prestigious Akshaya Samman this year for his outstanding contribution in the field of music.
The annual award carrying a cash prize of Rs one lakh and a letter of appreciation would be presented at a function to be held by the Akshaya Mohanty Foundation here next month.
Previous recipients of the Samman, instituted in 2007, were Manna De, Gulzar and Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, the foundation said here today.
Sixty-seven year old Ilayaraja, the musical genius who was perhaps the only Indian music director to work with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, is one of the best and evergreen music directors in the film industry in the south.
He won the Best Music Composer Award instituted by the Government of India three times, in 1984, 1986 and 1988.
He was also conferred the Cultural Doctorate in Philosophy of Music by the World University Round Table, Arizona, USA. He also holds doctorate degrees from the Annamalai and Madurai Kamraj Universities.
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September 18, 2010 11:50 IST