Do you know what’s the greatest gift that can cheer up or encourage a musician? They need nothing more than acknowledgement and appreciation in order for them to keep thriving in their profession.
In that regard, Vijayanathan Dhaharasen fondly known as Composer Jay has been awarded the coveted Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK) medal by the Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak, The Governor Of Penang.
The Penangnite received this for his unwavering dedication and significant contribution to the field of Arts (Music).
Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK) was introduced in 1959 and is awarded to individuals who have rendered valuable or meritorious service or who have served with full responsibility.
Taking to his social media account, he conveys his gratitude for this prestigious recognition.
While thanking the Almighty, he also expressed his gratitude to Prof. Dr. P. Ramasamy, the Deputy Chief Minister of Penang and Dato’ Seri Sundarajoo, the Chief Operating Officer of Eco World Development.
Notable Feats by Composer Jay
Last year, this well-known composer secured a spot in the Lincoln Book of Records for his attempt at conducting a musical marathon which lasted for six hours and forty minutes straight on 16th September 2021. It is believed that this musician is the first in the world to achieve this accomplishment, gathering 104 music students and teachers from all over Malaysia in achieving this musical marathon feat. This half-day event is also meant to honour the 64th anniversary of the nation’s independence.
Additionally, this brilliant musician was given the Tamil Nadu Edison Award in 2018 for Best Music Director.
On May 2017, the vocalist and vocal tutor along with his 66 fellow pupils secured a place in the Malaysia Book of Records for establishing the “Most Number of Composers in a Single Album”, comprising 19 songs that were composed, sung and written by these 66 pupils.
Congratulations Jay, keep striving to be the very best in your field!