Tamil Isai Sangam

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Isai Sangam is a music association started to promote pure form of ancient Tamil music popularly known as the tamizh Isai throughout Tamil Nadu. The current president of the association is Judge P.R.Gopalakrishnan.[1] The main premises are located in Chennai city.[1]


It was founded in 1943 by Raja Sir Annamalai Chettiar, designed to promote Tamil music.[2] Since the 1940s, the association has supported a college, the Tamil Isai Sangam College, for the instruction of Tamil music.[3]

Every month, the association has hosted a musical festival promoting the understanding of Tamil music.[1] The association has heavily attempted to increase aware of pure Tamil Music(Tamil Isai), that have been declining in popularity in modern India.[4] During the music festival, Tamil Isai Sangam rewards prominent classical artists for their craft.[4] The 11th President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, once sung at the festival with a song he composed himself, to the surprise of the media.[5] As the festival is popular in India, Kalam later explained he was using it as a venue promote the inclusion of music in the school curriculum.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Tamil songs on veena". The Hindu. Chennai, India. November 21, 2009. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
  2. ^ "Tamil Isai Sangam Founded". Indian Express. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
  3. ^ "Advanced School of Tamil Music". Indian Express. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Aishwarya, S. (January 29, 2007). "To Enrinch Folk and Classicl Arts". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "President Kalam goes informal". The Tribune. Retrieved October 30, 2010.

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