I present to you, Sir, Shri Embar Vijayaraghavachariar. Born in 1909, Shri Vijayaraghavachariar is today revered as one of the foremost performers of the Harikatha Kalakshepam. Shri Vijayaraghavachariar received his training in the art from his father Chidambaram Embar Srirangachariar. Apart from his exceptional attainment in music and religious discourse, Shri Vijayaraghavachariar is a profound scholar of devotional literature in Sanskrit, Telugu, Marathi and Hindi. Shri Vijayaraghavachariar is performing Harikatha for well nigh 40 years now. He is noted both for his extensive repertoire and his learned and dignified exposition. Shri Vijayaraghavachariar has been honoured by various leading religious bodies, such as the Dharmapuram Math and the Kanchi Kamakotipeetha, and by key cultural organisations, such as the Tamilnadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram and the Music Academy, Madras. For his eminence in the field of Music and his contribution to its enrichment, Shri Embar Vijayaraghavachariar has been elected Fellow of the Akademi.