I present to you, Sir, Shri Pandanallur Chockkalingam Pillai. Vidwan Chockkaligam Pillai has extensive teaching experience, and a good many of the leading Barata Natyam dancers today are his disciples. Since 1943 he is the Honorary Principal of the Indian Institute of Fine Arts, Madras, and still teaches Bharata Natyam. Held in high esteem, he has received many honours from learned institutions in the south. For his outstanding work as a teacher of the Bharata Natyam dance, Vidwan Chockkalingam Pillai receives the Akademi Award this year.