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PRESS RELEASE : Sangeet Natak Akademi List 2018

PRESS RELEASE : Sangeet Natak Akademi List 2018
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Sangeet Natak Akademi
National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama
New Delhi


Announcement of Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship s (Akademi Ratna) & Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akad emi Puraskar) for the Year 2018.

The General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, New Delhi at its meeting held on 26 June 2019 at Guwahati, Assam unanimously elected four (4) eminent personalities in the field of performing arts namely, Zakir Hussain, Sonal Mansingh, Jatin Goswami and K .Kalyanasundaram Pillai, for Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow (Akademi Ratna).

The Fellowship of the Akademi is the most prestigious and rare honor, which is restricted to 40 numbers at any given time. By the election of above four (4) fellows there are presently forty (40) Fellows of Sangeet Natak Akademi.

The General Council also selected forty -four (44) artists from the field of Music, Dance, Theatre, Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theater, Puppetry and Overall contribution/scholarship in the Performing Arts for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards
(Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2018. These forty -four (44) artists include three joint awards.

In the field of Music, eleven eminent artists, namely Mani Prasad – Hindustani Vocal, Madhup Mudgal – Hindustani Vocal, Tarun Bhattacharya – Hindustani Instrumental – Santoor, Tejendra Narayan Majumdar – Hindustani Instrumental – Sarod, Alamelu Mani –
Carnatic Vocal, Malladi Suribabu – Carnatic Vocal, S.Kasim & S. Babu (J oint Award) – Carnatic Instrumental – Nagaswaram, Ganesh & Kumaresh (Joint Award) – Carnatic Instrumental –Violin, Suresh Wadkar – Other Major Traditions of Music – Sugam Sangeet, Shanti Hiranand – Other Major Traditions of Music – Sugam Sangeet, H.Ashangbi Devi -Other Major Traditions of Music – Nata Sankirtana, Manipur, have been selected for the Akademi Awards 2018.

In the Field of Dance, nine eminent artists have been selected for the Akademi Awards 2018, namely, Radha Sridhar for Bharatanatyam, Ishira & Maulik Shah (Joint award) for K athak, Akham Lakshmi Devi for Manipuri, Pasumurthy Ramal inga Sastry for Kuchipudi, Surupa Sen for Odissi, Tankeswar Hazarika Borbayan for Sattriya, Gopika Varma for Mohiniattam, Tapan K umar Pattanayak for Chhau, Deepak Mazumdar for Contemporary Dance.

In the field of Theatre, nine eminent artists have been sel ected for the Akademi Awards 2018, Rajiv Naik for Playwriting, Laltluangliana Khiangte for Playwriting, Sanjay Upadhyay for D irection, S.Raghunandana for Direction, Suhas J oshi for Acting, Teekam
Joshi for Acting, Swapan Nandy for Mime, Bhagawat A.S.Nanjappa – Other Major

Traditions of Theatre – Yakshagana, A.M.Parameswaran K uttan Chakkiyar – Other Major
Traditions of Theatre – Kutiyattam.

In the field of Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre and Puppetry, ten artists have been selected for the Akademi Awards

They are Malini Awasthi, Folk Music, Uttar Pradesh, Gazi Khan Barna, Folk Music – Khartal, Rajasthan,  Mohd. Sadiq Bhagat, Folk Theatre (Bhand Pather), J &K , Kota Sachidanand Shastry, Harikatha, Andhra Pradesh, Arjun Singh Dhruve, Folk Dance, Madhya Pradesh, Somnath Battu Folk Music, Himachal Pradesh, Anupama Hoskere, Puppetry (String), Karnataka, Hem Chandra Goswami, Mask Making, Assam and Narendar Singh Negi, Folk Song, Uttrakhand.

Diwan Singh Bajeli and Puru Dadhich have been selected for the Akademi Award 2018 in the field of Overall Contribution/Scholarship in the Performing Arts. The honour of Akademi Award has been conferred since 1952. These honours not only symbolize the highest standard of excellence and achievements, but also recognize sustained individual work and contribution. The honour of Akademi Fellow carries a
purse money of Rs.3,00,000/ – (Rupees three lakh) and Akademi Award carries Rs 1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh), besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards will be conferred by the Hon’ble President of India in a special investiture ceremony.
The list of Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardees for the year 2018 is enclosed herewith.

Rita Swami Choudhary
Sangeet Natak Akademi

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