4th Edition of Marghazhi Matram in Chennai commemorating World Disability Day

SciArtsRUs, a non-profit organisation based in California in association with Artabilities 4 All and Wings Unlimited is organising the 4th edition of “Marghazhi Matram” a global event will be held for 8 days in the month of December i.e. from 3rd, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 28th, 29th and Dec’ 2023. This year features around 125 artists with over 200 performers and over 60 visual and performing artists from the disabled and other marginalized communities.

This inaugural ceremony of this global event will be held on Sunday, 3rd December, 2023 at Dakshinamurthi Auditorium, RK Mutt Road, Mylapore, Chennai from 10:30 am onwards. Inaugural ceremony will be presided over by the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Dr. Thamizhachi Thangapandian in the esteemed presence of other distinguished Guest of Honours:

  • Sangeeta Kalanidhi Dr. Soumya Srinivasan
  • Kalaimamani K N Shashikiran
  • Kalaimamani Anil Srinivasan
  • Kalaimamani Sikkil Gurucharan
  • Prof. Sujatha Srinivasan
  • Shri. Prakash R S V

Marghazhi Matram is a unique programme that has been conceived and curated by Dr. Ranjini Ramachander Kaushik, Founder, SciArtsRUs to honour and showcase the visual artists with disabilities who have made a mark in their area of expertise. The main objective of Marghazhi Matram is to bring the nuances of numerous talents across all strata of society and to offer a deep musical experience that goes beyond entertainment and individual virtuosic display to tap the hidden talents and artistic abilities of the differently-abled people.

Commenting on the Marghazhi Matram, Dr. Ranjini Ramachander Kaushik, Founder, SciArtsRUs said, “We are delighted with the overwhelming response we have received from the artists with and without (dis) abilities who have made a mark in their area of expertise. We believe life revolves around living, not around disability and we are sure a lot of artists will get exposed to the international standards of performance”.

The Awards will be given to:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to visually impaired veteran Veena artist Smt. Hemalatha Mani
  • Padmashri Kalaimamani Dr. Narthaki Nataraj with the Trailblazer Award for her contributions to the transgender fraternity
  • Rising Star Awards will be given to artists, Smt. Vaikom Vijayalakshmi and Ms. Kanmoni Sasi, from Kerala with visual and physical impairment respectively
  • Vasantha Ramachander Memorial Scholarship will be given to Arjun Srinivas
  • Ms. M Lalithambigai, President, SFRWD with the Role Model Award and
  • Shri Chetan Upadhyay, Founder, Nav Utthan with the Spotlight Award

Marghazhi Matram is in keeping with the theme of World Disability Day. Both with and without (dis) abilities took up the performance challenge to win the hearts of audience. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many differently-abled artists to showcase their potential to a wider audience.

Author: nammamadrasnews

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