National Indian Arts Awards

Superstar Violin Duo Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi receive International Award


MILAPFEST, the UK’s Indian Arts & Culture Company announced world renowned violinists Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and sister Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi as the winners of the ‘Vishwa Kala Ratna’ Award for their immense contribution to education, worldwide following and inspirational performances.

Lalgudi Krishnan & Vijayalakshmi will be performing a special concert to celebrate the awards on 6th June 2019 at the National Indian Arts Awards ceremony produced by Milapfest.

A pleasure to be receiving the 2019 Vishwa Kala Ratna (International Award), on the 6th of June, from the fantastic ‘Milapfest’, with whom I share a long association!
Lalgudi GJR Krishnan

Maestro violinist, composer and the authentic torch bearer of the world-famous Lalgudi tradition, Krishnan is renowned for his masterly control of melody and rhythm. Born to a family of legendary musicians, he perfected his technique under the guidance of his father, Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Well-known throughout the world for his performances of classical and contemporary classical music, he has excelled in both traditional and experimental works. His natural ability, combined with focused training and a disciplined approach make him a incredibly talented teacher, and role model for aspiring musicians.

Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, daughter and disciple of the great maestro has been a worthy torch bearer of this great parampara. She has over the years contributed not only to the continuation of these unique bani, but has made it flourish further. She, along with her brother, Lalgudi Krishnan, is a leading exponent of the Lalgudi style, which is characterized by boundless innovation while strictly adhering to tradition and eloquently capturing the mood and essence of any composition. Her musical excellence, melody, rhythm style, technique and the deilience with which she has gone about maintaining her stylistic grandeur is a cornerstone of her success.

An unprecedented awards ceremony

The Awards were created in 2014 to recognise and celebrate the remarkable work of British arts professionals who have rendered distinguished service for promoting and strengthening the provision of Indian Arts and Education in Britain. The Awards also go beyond the UK and recognize the worldwide contribution and inspiration that artists from the Indian subcontinent provide.

South Asians who migrated to England over the past 70 years , have always aspired to ensure that their children, as well as the local communities have good opportunities to learn about their arts and heritage through teaching and performances. Over the decades several dedicated professionals have worked tirelessly for making this possible. Up and down the British Isles there are schools, classes and art organisations working tirelessly for this cause. But while there are numerous ways of recognising the sterling contribution of people in Business, Finance, Medicine and other professional categories, there has never been any national award that recognises and celebrates such dedicated work in the Arts.

We feel that one reason why the important contribution of Arts & Education professionals is not recognised and honoured is that there is a lack of understanding of how such selfless work empowers and enriches the younger generation, and how it helps build bridges between communities and people.

We hope that these Awards will significantly contribute towards providing more focus on the contribution of the Arts professionals working in the field of Indian Arts and provide opportunities for their work to expand in the years ahead.

Notes to Editors:


June 6th 2019, Southbank Centre, Purcell Room, London

Pre-ceremony Reception 6pm (Invitation only)
Award Ceremony 7pm
Concert (Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Vijayalakshmi) 7:45pm


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The National Indian Arts Awards are produced by Milapfest, the UK’s Indian Arts & Culture Company and have been supported with funding with Arts Council England.