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Monday, January 2, 2012

Eminent personalities elected as "Akademi Ratna"


Eleven eminent personalities in the field of performing arts, namely Mukund Lath, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shivkumar Sharma, Amjad Ali Khan, Umayalapuram Sivaraman, M Chandrasekharan, R K Singhajit Singh, Kalamandalam Gopi, Padma Subrahmanyam, Chandrasekhar Kambar and Heisnam Kanhailal have been elected as "Akademi Ratna" for the year 2011 by the General Council of Sangeet Natak Akademi. This prestigious fellowship has been so far conferred to only 40 distinguished achievers in the field of arts.

Akademi Ratnas 2011
Heisnam KanhailalUmayalpuram SivaramanKalamandalam GopiAmjad Ali KhanPadma Subramanyam
R K Singhajit SinghShiv Kumar SharmaHari Prasad ChaurasiaChandrasekhar KambarM Chandrasekharan

The Akademi also selected thirty six persons from the fields of Music, Dance, Theatre and Puppetry for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2011.

In the field of Music, nine eminent artists, namely Shruti Sadolikar Katkar and M
Venkatesh Kumar for Hindustani Vocal Music, Totaram Sharma (Pakhawaj) and Pushparaj Koshti (Surbahar) for Hindustani instrumental music, J Venkatararnan for Carnatic Vocal music, E M Subramaniam (Ghatam), Ayyagari Symasundaram (Veena) and Seshampatti T Sivalingam (Nadaswaram) for Carnatic instrumental music, and Gopal Chandra Panda (Odissi Music) for other major traditions of music have been selected for the Akademi Award 2011.

In the field of Dance, nine eminent practitioners, namely Narthaki Natraj (Bharatanatyam), Manjushree Chatterjee (Kathak), Thonnakkal Peethambaram (Kathakali),Priti Patel (Manipuri), Alekhya Punjala (Kuchipudi), Ramli Ibrahim (Odissi), V K Mymavathy (Mohiniattam), Tanusree Shankar (Creative & Experimental Dance) and Karaikudi Krishnamurthi (Music for Dance) have been selected for the Akademi Award 2011.

In the field of Theatre, eight eminent persons have been selected for Akademi Awards 2011. They include Alakhnandan and Kirti Jain for Direction, Amitabh Shrivastav, Vikram Gokhale, Neena Tiwana and A R Srinivasan for Acting, R Nageswara Rao(Babji) for major traditions of Theatre - Company Theatre, Andhra Pradesh and Karnat Jain for Allied Theatre Arts (Lighting).

For their contribution to Other Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Music/Dance/Theatre and
Puppetry, eight artists have been selected for the Akademi Award. They are Trippekulam Achuta Marar for Traditional Music (Kerala), Hemant Chauhan for Folk Music (Gujarat), Gurmeet Bawa for Folk Music (Punjab), Kashiram Sahu for Folk Theatre (Chhatisgarh), Mipham Otsal for Traditional Theatre (Jammu & Kashmir), Bellagallu Veeranna for Togalu Gombeyatta, Puppetry (Karnataka), Gopal Chandra Das for Putul Nach (Tripura) and Kasmi Khan Niyazi for making of musical Instrument (Delhi).

Sundari Sridharani and Shrivats Goswami will receive the Akademi Award 2011 for
Overall Contribution/Scholarship to Performing Arts.


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