GOVERNMENT SPONSORED VEENA GROUP COMPETITION HELD IN CENTRAL COLLEGE (PRESENTLY TAMILNADU GOVERNMENT MUSIC COLLEGE, ADYAR) IN 1970. Representing our Veena school Sri Matha Sangeetha Vidyalaya which is headed by my mother/Guru Smt. Kamala Aswathama, we were the youngest group to receive the first prize in the group competition. The prize consisted of silver Veena, regular Veena and a gold medal. Participants of the group- my elder brother-G.Vijayaraghavan, my dear friend and Veena student of Sri Matha Sangeetha Vidyalaya- Tata Bhanumathi (presently staff Veena artist of All India Radio, Pondicherry) and myself. In the photo (standing from left- Bhanu, my mother/Guru and myself. Seated from left- my younger sister Shyamala (presently Smt. Shyamala Sajnani who has taken over Sri Matha Sangeetha Vidyalaya and managing the school in Mumbai) and my elder brother G.Vijayaraghavan.
Myself, on behalf of our group receiving the gold medal from late Veena maestro, Sri.Kalyanakrishna Bhagavathar.
My mother/Guru receiving the regular Tanjore Veena from late Sri. Kalyanakrishna Bhagavathar.