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Chennai, December 3 , 2019: Nippon Paint in association with the Rotary Club of Madras Coromandel and co-powered by Coromandel Super Power today conducted the 15th edition of their annual Signature Event the Nippon Paint – Rotary, Parallel Music Fest.

Nippon Paint -Rotary, Parallel Music Fest is a much looked forward to event by connoisseurs of classical music, because it provides a platform for the differently abled artistes, to showcase their Musical talent along with main stream artistes. Encouraged by the positive response over recent years, the number of aspiring artists participating in the fest has increased with every edition. The 15th edition of Nippon Paint – Rotary Parallel Music Fest co-powered by Coromandel Super Power was held at the Kasturi srinivasan Hall of the Music Academy Chennai today the 3rd of December 2019. The coveted Life Time Achievement Award of Nippon Paint – Rotary Parallel Music Fest’s was conferered on accomplished Veena Vidushi Smt.Hemalatha Mani, disciple of Veena Maestro late Shri Chittibabu. “Distinguished Carnatic Musician” title was conferred on Vidwan Shri T.K.Padmanabhan, the Violinist cum composer and The “Promising Differently Abled Artiste” award was conferred on Vidwan Namagiripettai S. Krishnan , the Carnatic Vocalist.

Sangita Kalanidhi Designate Smt.Dr.S.Sowmya the Special Guest of Honour inaugurated the 15th Edition of Parallel Music Fest. Shri. N. Murali, Chairman kasturi & Sons & President – Music Academy graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The artists were felicitated by Guests of Honour – Sangita Kalanidhi Shri Dr.M.Chandrasekaran -Violin Maestro, Shri. T.Krishnamachari, AGM of Nippon Paint and Shri B.Ramesh, President of Rotary Club of madras Coromandel and President -Sales of India Cement.

Speaking about his long and fruitful association with the Parallel Music Fest, Shri N. Murali, President of the Academy said “Parallel Music Fest held during the main December Season in Chennai provides the much needed platform for differently abled musicians to showcase their talents”

Shri T.Krishnamachari representing the main sponsor Nippon paint said they were proud to associate with the Rotary Club of madras Coromandel in featuring the 15th Edition of parallel Music Fest and would continue their association with the Parallel Music Fest in th future as well .

Sangita Kalanidhi Designate Smt.Dr.S.Sowmya was honoured and she also performed at the festival to the delight of the visually challenged students of Karna Vidya a flagship project of the club. Vidushi Hemalatha Mani and Vidwan Namagiripettai Gokulakrishnan also performed at this Fest.

President Ramesh highlighted that Rotary Club of Madras Coromandel, has been working for the cause of the visually challenged through The Karna Vidya Foundation. The program is run by the visually impaired for the visually impaired. With reading centers, a digital library and a technology center at one of the prominent IT Parks in Chennai, Karna Vidya Foundation has been working for the past two decades empowering visually impaired through education and employment. During this period, RCMC has reached out to thousands of visually challenged bring about a positive change to their lives and career.
“Karna Vidya provides learning assistance to visually challenged college students and shapes them up to take on their lives with dignity. Project Karna Vidya Technology Centre provides computer and soft skills to the visually challenged, to empower them with employable skills. Drishti the first Rotaract club in the world comprising of visually challenged youngsters, is ably supported by its parent club, Rotary club of Madras Coromandel, providing invaluable assistance to the visually challenged community. The Nippon Paint –Rotary Parallel Music Fest co-powered by Coromandel super power helps the visually challenged to draw inspiration from renowned differently abled musicians to realize their own dreams taking their disabilities as a challenge.

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