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President of India presents Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for 2016

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On January 17, 2018, President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2016 at a function held in New Delhi.

About Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar:

Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar and Fellowships are awarded by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

  • Sangeet Natak Akademi is a national level academy for performing arts set up by the Government of India. Headquartersof Sangeet Natak Akademi is located in New Delhi.
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards are highest Indian recognition given to performing artists as well as teachers and scholars of performing arts.
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar was first awarded in1952.
  • Since 2003, the award consist50000 cash prize, a citation, a shawl and a brass plaque.

Winners of Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowships and Akademi Awards – 2016

President of India presents Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for 2016Akademi Fellows:

Arvind Parikh
R Vedavalli Ram
Ram Gopal Bajaj
Sunil Kothari

Music:

Category Winner
Hindustani Vocal Music Padma Talwalkar
Hindustani Vocal Music Prabhakar Karekar
Hindustani Instrumental Music- Tabla Arvind Mulgaonkar
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 – Nata Sankirtana, Manipur Ningthoujam Shyamchand Singh
Other Major Traditions of Music- Sugam Sangeet Ratnamala Prakash
Other Major Traditions of Music – Sugam Sangeet Ahmed Hussain and Mohd Hussain

Theatre:

Category Winner
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

Dance:

Category Winner
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

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

Category Winner
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

Overall Contribution/ Scholarship in the Performing Arts

Avinash Pasricha
Pappu Venugopal Rao