Music fable Ilayaraja was on Thursday nominated for a Nishagandi Puraskaram by a Kerala government, a apportion said.
The 72-year-old conductor is being conferred a honour for his artistic value and grant to a Indian film song industry, state Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar told reporters.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will give divided a endowment on a initial day of a eight-day Nishagandi annual dance and song festival to be hold here from Jan 20.
The festival will see performances from sitar actor Anoushka Shankar, tabla conductor Zakir Hussain, actress-dancer Hema Malini, Kathak dancers Marami Medhi and her singer daughter Meghranjani, Odissi dancer Ileana Citarisi, and Carnatic vocalist TV Sankaranarayanan.