I present to you, Sir, Pandanallur Shri Subbaraya Pillai. Shri Subbaraya Pillai was born in 1916. He comes of an illustrious family of Bharata Natyam vidwans, his father being the late Shri Pandanallur Chokkalingam Pillai and grand- father the late Shri Pandanallur Meenakshisundaram Pillai. Shri Pandanallur Subbaraya Pillai is the leading representative today of the Pandanallur school of Bharata Natyam. Shri Subbaraya Pillai has received the Kalaimamani award of the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram. He has vast teaching experience and has been Principal of the Lalitha Subramaniam School of Bharata Natyam, in Madras. With his outstanding pupils, he has travelled to many parts of the world, including South East Asian countries, the Continent and the U.S.S.R. For his eminence in the field of dance and his contribution to its enrichment, Shri Pandanallur Subbaraya Pillai receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Bharata Natyam for 1979.