Dakshinamurthy, who created a niche directing music for over 350
films, has been honoured with the Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas Award
2007 for his lifetime contribution to the Malayalam film industry.
Music composer and playback singer Shankar Mahadevan was presented
with Swaralaya Kairali-Yesudas Award 2007. The awards were
presented by singer K.J. Yesudas on Monday, 28 January.
Dakshinamurthy made his debut into films with Nalla Thanka
produced by Kunchako and Koshy. He has scored the music for several
songs penned by Sreekumaran Thampi. Some of his popular songs
include Hridaya Sarassille, Navalokam, Seetha and Sri
Guruvayoorappan. He had been the guru of several playback singers
and music directors including P. Susheela, Kalyani Menon, and
Ilaiyaraaja. He also won the State Award for Best Music Director in
Awards, jointly instituted by Swaralaya, an organization that
promotes music and Kairali Channel, are given annually to music
artists in recognition of their outstanding performances.
Mr. Mahedevan's award comprised Rs. 1 lakh, a statuette and a
citation; Mr. Dakshinamurthy"s prize consisted of a purse of Rs.
75,000, a statuette and a citation. Some of the earlier recipients
of the award include A.R. Rahman, Sonu Nigam, K.S. Chitra, Asha
Bhonsle, S.P. Balasubramanian, P. Jayachandran, P. Leela and S.