Dr. V.S. Sampthkumar Acharya of city, a noted writer on music, was presented with the ‘State Sangeetha Vidwan -2013’ award yesterday at a programme held at Palace premises here by Chief Minister Siddharamaiah.

Dr. Sampthkumar Acharya after passing BA (Hons.) in History from Maharaja’s College did his B.Ed and later MA from Benaras University. He got a Ph.D in History from Mysore Univer- sity. He completed Hindi Visharada also.

Dr. Acharya, who turned 88 on Oct. 1, though with a sound background of History, developed a passion for music literature and has authored several books on music getting a good number of awards.

Speaking to SOM here on Friday, Dr. Acharya said “Though I studied history, I developed a passion for music and come out with an encyclopedia on music which is understandable to a common man.”

When Star of Mysore sought his reaction on being selected for the award, Dr. Acharya said “I never aspired or lobbied for the award. I have never performed on the stage but I dedicate the honour to the great composer Thyagaraja. My wife Leela is a singer trained under M.N. Narasimhachar. I too practised singing but never dared to perform but proffered to write on music and I excelled.”

Referring to Dasara, Dr. Acharya said that he had seen the Jumboo Savari during the days of Krishnaraja Wadiyar and Jayachamaraja Wadiyar standing at K.R. Circle which was undoubtedly well organised and most disciplined unlike today’s which is full of noise and chaos.

Giving a tip to youngsters, Dr. Acharya advised them to work without craving for fame or awards.

Cultural programme

Earlier the cultural programme at the Palace premises was inaugurated by veteran Theatrist Enagi Balappa.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister Siddharamaiah said that copious rains had brought cheers on the faces of people in the State paving way for a grand Dasara this time.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore