Music composer Illayaraja is set to receive the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Also joining him in receiving honours from the Akademi are playwright Ratan Thiyam and Grammy Award winning percussionist T H Vinayakram, who were chosen for the Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowship.
The Fellowship, which numbers 40 currently, comes with a monetary award of Rs. 3 lakh. The Award winners are presented with Rs. 1 lakh each.
The Akademi chose artistes from a range of cultural endeavours like Theatre, Music and Dance for the honour this year.