The Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (award), given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi - India's apex body for performing arts, is the highest national recognition given to practicing artistes. It was started in 1952.

Sivanandam of the Tanjore Quartette was a dance guru, veena player and music composer.

The Manjira is a traditional percussion instrument of India. The manjira, in its simplest form, is a pair of small hand cymbals.

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