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Aruna Sairam has been awarded the French government’s highest honour, Chevalier

Aruna Sairam, a Carnatic vocalist, composer, collaborator, humanitarian, and speaker, has been awarded the French government’s highest honour, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des award. Aruna Sairam was chosen for this prize not only for her singing abilities, but also for her contributions to the advancement of the Indo-French friendship.

Vidhushi Aruna Sairam was born in Mumbai into a Tamil musical family. Her mother, Rajalakshmi Sethuraman, was a student of the Alathur Brothers and Thanjavoor Sankara Iyer and gave her voice instruction. Shri Sethuraman, her father, was a music lover who invited musicians and dancers to the family home. Aruna met Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. T. Brinda, who taught her the Veena Dhanammal style, at one of these meetings. Indra Nooyi, an Indian-American corporate executive and former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, is Aruna’s niece. Aruna showed a talent for music as a kid, winning her first gold medal at the age of eight at a competition in Mumbai. She had her first full-length solo concert at the age of 14 at a local festival. At the age of 21, she earned the Best Young Musician Award at the Music Academy’s annual convention in Chennai, where she first gained attention. Aruna Sairam has two daughters, Gayathri and Maithreyee.

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