Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowships and Akademi Awards for the Year 2012 Announced

Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the Year 2012 Announced.

The General Council of Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, New Delhi at its meeting held on 21 December 2012 elected three eminent personalities in the field of performing arts, namely N. Rajam, T.H. Vinayakram and Ratan Thiyam as Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellows (Akademi Ratna).  It is the most prestigious and rare honour, which is restricted to a very limited number at a given time.  Presently there are only 40 Fellows of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

The General Council of the Akademi also selected 36 persons from the fields of Music, Dance, Theatre and Puppetry for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2012.

Field of Activity – Music

  • Shri Rajashekhar Mansur Hindustani Vocal
  • Shri Ajay Pohankar Hindustani Vocal
  • Shri Sabir Khan Hindustani Instrumental – Tabla
  • Shri Bahauddin Dagar Hindustani Instrumental – Rudra Veena
  • Shri O. S. Thyagarajan Carnatic Vocal
  • Shri Mysore M. Nagaraja Carnatic Instrumental – Violin
  • Shri K. V. Prasad Carnatic Instrumental – Mridangam
  • Shri Illayaraja Creative & Experimental Music
  • Shri Bhai Balbir Singh Ragi Other Major Traditions of Music – Gurbani

Field of Activity – Dance

  • Smt Priyadarsini Govind Bharatanatyam
  • Shri Vijay Shankar Kathak
  • Shri Vazhengada Vijayan Kathakali
  • Shri Vedantam Ramalinga Sastry Kuchipudi
  • Smt Sharmila Biswas Odissi
  • Shri Jai Narayan Samal Chhau
  • Shri Painkulam Damodara Chakyar Kutiyattam
  • Shri Jwala Prasad Music for Dance
  • Smt Aditi Mangaldas Creative & Experimental Dance

Field of Activity – Theater

  • Shri Arjun Deo Charan Playwriting
  • Smt Tripurari Sharma Direction
  • Shri Waman Kendre Direction
  • Shri Parvesh Sethi Acting
  • Smt Nirmal Rishi Acting
  • Shri Purisai Kannappa Sambandan Acting
  • Shri Murari Roychoudhury Music for Theatre
  • Shri Ghulam Rasool Bhagat Major Traditions of Theatre – Bhand Pather

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

  • Shri Goru Channabasappa, Folk Music, Karnataka
  • Shri Kinaram Nath Oja, Suknani Ojapali, Assam
  • Shri Prem Singh Dehati, Folk Theatre, Haryana
  • Smt Sulochana Chavan Lavani, Maharashtra
  • Shri Mattannur Sankaran Kutty Marar Thayambaka, Kerala
  • Shri Govind Ram Nirmalkar Nacha, Chhattisgarh
  • Shri Heera Das Negi Mask Making, Himachal Pradesh
  • Shri Prafulla Karmakar Traditional Puppetry, West Bengal

Overall Contribution / Scholarship in Performing Arts

  • Smt Nandini Ramani
  • Shri Arun Kakade

The honour of Akademi Fellow has been conferred since 1954 and Akademi Award since 1952. They not only symbolize the highest standard of excellence and achievements on a national basis, but also recognize sustained individual work and contribution to the practice and appreciation of the arts through performance, teaching and scholarship.  The honour of Akademi Fellow carries a purse money of Rs 3,00,000/- (Rupees three lacs) and Akademi Awards carry Rs 1,00,000/- (Rupees one lac), besides Tamrapatra and Angavastram.

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