Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

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The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will confer the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2014 at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 23, 2015.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships (Akademi Ratna Sadasyata) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) are recognized as the most coveted national honours bestowed on performing artists as well as teachers and scholars in the field of performing arts. The large body of practitioners, gurus and scholars in the performing arts honoured by the Akademi represents the nation’s highest achievement in music, dance and drama.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi was created as the apex body in the country for the promotion and preservation of the performing arts of the country. It was set up by the Indian education ministry in 31 May 1952 and became functional the following year, with the appointment of its first chairman, Dr. P. V. Rajamannar.

Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, inaugurated it on 28 January 1953 in a special function held in the Parliament House. One of the important activities of the Akademi has been to give recognition and honour to artists through the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Awards.

The honour of Akademi Fellow carries a purse money of Rs 3,00,000, and Akademi Awards carry Rs 1,00,000.

SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI FELLOWSHIPS 2014

  1. Musicologist S R Janakiraman,
  2. filmmaker M S Sathyu,
  3. Indian classical singer Vijay Kichlu
  4. musician Tulsidas Borkar.

The fellowship of the Akademi is considered a rare honour and restricted to a very limited number at a given time. At present, there are 40 fellows of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI AWARDS (AKADEMI PURASKAR) 2014

The Akademi also selected 36 artistes from the fields of music, dance, theatre and puppetry for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2014.

MUSIC:

  1. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande
  2. Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan
  3. Nath Narelkar for Hindustani vocal
  4. Pandit Nayan Ghosh (tabla)
  5. Ronu Majumdar (flute) for Hindustani instrumental music
  6. Neyveli Santhanagopalan for Carnatic vocal
  7. T A Kaliyamurthy (Thavil)
  8. Sukanya Ramgopal (Ghatam)
  9. Dwaram Durga Prasad Rao (violin) for Carnatic instrumental music.

DANCE

  1. Adayar Janardanan (Bharatanatyam),
  2. Uma Dogra (Kathak),
  3. Amusana Devi (Manipuri),
  4. Vedantam Radhesyam (Kuchipudi),
  5. Sudhakar Sahoo (Odissi),
  6. Anita Sharma (Sattriya),
  7. Jagru Mahto (Chhau),
  8. Navtej Singh Johar (contemporary dance) and
  9. Varanasi Vishnu Namboothiri (music for Kathakali).

THEATRE

  1. Asgar Wajahat
  2. Surya Mohan Kulshreshtha
  3. Chidambar Rao Jambe
  4. Debshankar Haldar
  5. Ramdas Kamath
  6. Amod Bhatt
  7. Manjunath Bhagwat Hostota
  8. Amardas Manikpuri

TRADITIONAL/FOLK/TRIBAL MUSIC/ DANCE/THEATRE AND PUPPETRY

  1. Puran Shah Koti,
  2. K Kesavasamy,
  3. Kalamandalam Ram Mohan,
  4. Reba Kanta Mohanta,
  5. Abdul Rashid Hafiz,
  6. K Shanathoiba Sharma,
  7. Ramdayal Sharma
  8. Thanga Darlong.

Director, playwright and writer Akshara K V and musician Indudhar Nirody will receive the Akademi Awards 2014 for Overall Contribution/Scholarship to Performing Arts.

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