Kartik Fine Arts is always recognizing the merits and talents of Carnatic musicians by conferring titles, presenting them with cash awards and exquisite mementos every year during the festival season and also on special occasions. Kartik Fine Arts recently honoured Sri N.K.Ranganathan (Ranganna) with Kartik Award of Excellence 2013 during their 38th Anniversary Celebrations on at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavana Main Hall, Chennai with a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.15000/- .
An Octogenarian, Sri N.K.Ranganathan popularly known as â€˜Art Rangannaâ€™ owes his interest in theatre to his father who took care of lighting for the plays of an aateur trope called Secretariat Players. But Sri N.K.Ranganathan was not only interested in lighting but also designing the sets as well.
He started with I.N.A theatres of Sri V.S.Raghavan for a Tamil version of the play â€˜Someone waiting; for which Sri.K.Balachander wrote the script.
The sets and lighting was as natural as it should be, including the moonlight filtering through the window. It was acclaimed by one and all and he became to be known as â€˜Art Ranganna. INA theatresâ€™ â€˜Vazhi Naduvilâ€™ of 1963 brought him huge accolades.
Sri Ranganna also did the sets for Sri.K.Balachanderâ€™s plays â€˜Server Sundaramâ€™, â€˜Neerkumizgiâ€™, â€˜Naanalâ€™, â€˜Navagrahamâ€™ and â€˜Edhir Neechalâ€™ in which, scenes took place in first floor. During 1950 to 1990, he was a regular art director for plays of other stalwarts, such as, â€˜Majorâ€™ Sunderrajan, Radhu and other as well. His creating designing a revolving stage for Jai shankarâ€™s play â€˜Ninauvuâ€™ was an yet another novelty. His underwater setting for Madras Musicalsâ€™ fairy tales from Hanes Anderson, earned standing ovation for 15 minutes from the audience at Rajah Annamalai Mandram, those days. Sri KB once said â€˜Ranganna was my right hand.
He was a pillar of strength to my troupe Ragini Creationsâ€™, Sri Radhuâ€™s words were: â€˜Ranganna was an art director par excellence; his sets are awe inspiringâ€™. Since its inception in 1975 by a band of ardent and enthusiastic lovers of arts, Kartik Fine Arts, a sabha devoted to the development of fine arts, has been striving hard to keep alive its motto of providing sumptuous variety of programmes.Dr. Raja Sir Muthiah Chettiar and Padmabhushan Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer graced the grand inaugural ceremony held on 13th April, 1975 at R.R. Sabha.
The Sabha has grown in leaps and bounds in the following years. Shri A.V.S. Raja succeeded Shri T. T. Vasu as President, in the year 1989 under the commendable aegis of whom the sabha scaled new heights.
Kartik Fine Arts stole the maximum limelight and exceptional public accolade in 1996 when Shri L. Sabaratnam adorned the post of Chairman of the Sabha.