I present to you, Sir, His Highness the Maharaja of Mysore, Shri Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar. Born in an ancient ruling family which has always been patron of arts, Maharaja Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar is not only a composer of Karnatak music but also a distinguished scholar in the fields of music, aesthetics, Sanskrit literature and philosophy. He has many a publication to his credit, and universities at home and abroad have bestowed honour on him. In his Court were, as with his predecessors, some of the most distinguished musicians of our country. The Maharaja’s catholic taste is revealed by his deep interest in Western music. The Trinity College of Music in London has elected him an Honorary Fellow. Appointed by the Government of India, he distinguished himself in guiding the Sangeet Natak Akademi as its Chairman for four years. For his eminence as a scholar in the field of arts and a patron of music, the Akademi has elected Maharaja Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar as a Fellow.