- Carnatic vocalist, composer, collaborator, humanitarian and speaker, Aruna Sairam has been honoured with the French government’s highest honour, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des award.
- Its previous recipients from India have included Kamal Hassan, Soumitra Chatterjee and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
- Aruna Sairam has been selected for this award not just for her singing prowess, but also for her contribution towards development of the Indo-France relationship.
- Announcing the award, Consul General of France in Chennai Lise Talbot Barre said that the Minister of Culture of the French Republic, Rima Abdul Malak had appointed Aruna Sairam to the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
- Her music erased geographical boundaries when she was the first to incorporate Abhanga, a Western Indian musical form, into a traditional, South Indian musical program.
- Aruna Sairam is the recipient of several awards including Padma Shri by the Central Government and Sangeet Kalanidhi by the Sangeet Akademi. She was also selected as the Vice President of Sangeet Natak Akademi.
French Government to honour Aruna Sairam with Chevalier Award
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