Titles & Awards

Bhairavi Fine Arts Society bestows several titles upon honorees at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival.

Titles

Sangeetha Rathnakara

The title of Sangeetha Rathnakara is bestowed upon an artist who has made a fundamental contribution to the Carnatic arts through its performance and propogation. Past Sangeetha Rathnakaras have been giants in the field of Carnatic music. A list of honorees includes almost all of the well known musicians who have toured the United States.

Nrithya Rathnakara

The title of Nrithya Rathnakara is bestowed upon an artist who has made a fundamental contribution in the field of Classical Dance through its performance and propagation. This award was instituted in the year 2002.

Sangeetha Kala Sagaram

This title is bestowed upon an artist with a lifetime of contribution to, and promotion of the Carnatic arts, through performance, training musicians, and teaching.

Nrithya Kala Sagaram

The title of Nrithya Kala Sagaram is bestowed upon an artist with a lifetime of contribution to, and promotion of Classical Dance, through performance, training dancers, and teaching. This title was instituted in 2007.

Acharya Rathnakara

This award is bestowed upon an individual who has made a significant contribution to the classical arts through teaching and training successful musicians. The award was instituted in 2007.

Seva Rathna

The title of Seva Rathna is bestowed upon an individual who has made a lasting contribution to the Carnatic arts through the preservation and study of the theory and practice of Carnatic music and dance. Honorees are usually organizers of Carnatic music festivals abroad or venerable theorists and authors who have studied the principles and techniques of Carnatic music and its concert presentation.

Nrithya Seva Rathna

The title of Nrithya Seva Rathna is bestowed upon an individual who has made a lasting contribution in the field of Classical Dance through the preservation, promotion and study of the theory and practice of dance. Honorees are usually organizers of dance festivals abroad or venerable theorists, authors and teachers who have studied the principles and techniques of dance and are engaged in its presentation.

Kala Seva Mani

The title of Kala Seva Mani is bestowed upon individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the Carnatic arts through their propogation and demonstration in the United States and Canada. Honorees are music festival organizers, tour sponsors and patrons who have actively supported the performance and learning of the Carnatic arts in their communities.

Nrithya Seva Mani

The title of Nrithya Seva Mani is bestowed upon an individual who has made a lasting contribution to Classical Dance through propagation and demonstration in the United States and Canada. Honorees are cultural festival organizers, tour sponsors and patrons who have actively supported the performance and learning of Classical dance in their communities.

Kala Rathna

The title of Kala Rathna is awarded to a young person who has made serious commitment to music or dance, and made a mark for themselves by performing. The young artist is honored alongside veterans of the arts in the award ceremony to signify the value of their commitment, as well as to serve as a strong encouragement to their continued dedication to the art. This title was first awarded in 2010.

Awards

Prof. T.R. Subrahmanyam Award

Bhairavi Fine Arts Society presents the Prof. T.R. Subrahmanyam Award to an individual who has tirelessly promoted the Carnatic arts in the North American continent by teaching in the community and providing opportunities for aspiring Carnatic musicians to showcase their talents.

The Best Teacher Award was renamed in honor of Prof. T.R. Subrahmanyam in 2015.

Dr G. Venkatadri Award

The Aradhana Committee gives this award to volunteers who have devoted a significant portion of their time towards the continued success of the Cleveland Festival.

The Outstanding Volunteer Award was renamed in honor of Dr G. Venkatadri in 2016.