Eminent business leader R. Seshasayee, who is also a vice president of the Music Academy, and a connoisseur of music, formally released the 400th edition of Sruti on 4 January 2018 at Amethyst, Royapettah, Chennai. The other guests of honour that evening, Chitravina N. Ravikiran, recently anointed Sangita Kalanidhi by the Music Academy, and the celebrated Bharatanatyam duo Shanta and V.P. Dhananjayan, received the magazine from him.
N. Sankar, Chairman of The Sanmar Group, presided over the function. The celebration was well attended by artists, writers, readers and critics. The Folly at Amethyst was a fitting venue with an environ of thick lush green foliage surrounding it, a serene haven amidst the crowded, noisy Whites Road.
In his speech, Seshasayee gave the audience several fresh insights into the current state of the performing arts, their economics and the support required to nurture both the art and the artist. He raised thought-provoking queries about what we need to sustain art as it exists today. He stressed the importance of debate on vital issues for the continuance of the performing arts for a long time to come. Stressing the need to leverage technology to enhance the reach of the magazine, he praised Sruti for doing its bit and urged that more needed to be done in the coming years… read more
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