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President Kovind confers Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Awards for 2016 to an eminent group of musicians, dancers, and theatre artists.

  • Noted theatre personality Ram Gopal Bajaj, dancer and historian Sunil Kothari, Carnatic music exponent R Vedavalli and Sitar player Arvind Parikh have conferred Sangeet Natak Akademi’s fellowships (Akademi Ratna).
  • In a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Kovind also presented Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) to 43 eminent artists in five categories for the year 2016 which included renowned musicologist Pappu Venugopal Rao and renowned dance photographer Avinash Pasricha.

Sangeet Natak Akademi

  • Natak Akademi is the national level academy for performing arts set up by the Government of India.
  • It was set up by the Indian education ministry on 31 May 1952 and started functioning the following year under its first chairman, Dr. P. V. Rajamannar.
  • The Sangeet Natak Akademi Award is the highest national recognition given to practicing artists, gurus and scholars. It carries a purse money of Rs. 100000/, a shawl, Sangeet and a tamrapatra (a brass plaque).

Music

Award Awardee
Hindustani Vocal Music Padma Talwalkar
Hindustani Vocal Music Prabhakar Karekar.
Hindustani Instrumental Music- Tabla Arvind Mulgaonkar

Akademi Awards 2016

Award Awardee
Hindustani Instrumental Music-Violin Kala Ramnath
Carnatic Vocal Music Neela Ramgopal
Carnatic Vocal Music K Omanakutty
Carnatic Instrumental Music – Mridangam J Vaidhyanathan
Carnatic Instrumental Music-Violin Mysore M Manjunath
Other Major Traditions of Music- Sugam Sangeet Ratnamala Prakash.
Other Major Traditions of Music – Sugam Sangeet Ahmed Hussain and Mohd Hussain.
Other Major Traditions of Music – Nata Sankirtana, Manipur Ningthoujam Shyamchand Singh

Classical Dance

Award Awardee
Bharatanatyam Geeta Chandran.
Kathak Dance Jitendra Maharaj
Kathakali Kalamandalam Ramachandran Unnithan
Manipuri Maisnam Kaminikumar Singh
Kuchipudi A B Bala Kondala Rao
Odissi Ratikant Mohapatra
Sattriya Haricharan Bhuyan Borbayan
Chhau Gopal Prasad Dubey
Contemporary Anita R Ratnam

Theatre

Award Awardee
Playwriting Kusum Kumar
Direction Satyabrata Rout
Direction Bipin Kumar
Direction Rajkamal Nayak
Acting Gireesan V
Acting Oinam Biramangol Singh
Acting Mohan Joshi
Theatre Arts – Music for Theatre Anjana Puri
Other Major Traditions of Theatre- Yakshgana K Govind Bhat

Traditional/ Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre and Puppetry

Award Awardee
Traditional Theatre (Kalavantulu), Andhra Pradesh Annabattula Lakshmi, Mangatayaru and Annabattula Leela
Folk Music, Gujarat Yogesh Gadhavi
Folk Music, Himachal Pradesh Vidyanand Saraik
Traditional Music, Goa Somnath D Chari
Pala, Odisha Laxmidhar Rout
Mand, Rajasthan Chiranji Lal Tanwar
Folk Music (chakri), Jammu & Kashmir Gulzar Ahmad Ganie
Folk Music, Bihar Braj Kishor Dubey
Puppetry Prabhitangsu Das
Puppetry Dattatreya Aralikatte
President Kovind confers Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards President Kovind confers Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards Reviewed by Aman Bhatia on January 18, 2018 Rating: 5

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