Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the Year 2018 announced

On July 16, 2019, Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA) Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the Year 2018 were announced by the General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama headquartered at New Delhi. The awards will be conferred by the President of India at a special investiture ceremony.Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2018

General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi
The meeting of the General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi was held on June 26, 2019 at Guwahati, Assam. It selected 44 artists from the field of Music, Dance, Theatre, Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre, Puppetry and Overall contribution/scholarship in the Performing Arts for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2018. These 44 artists include three joint awards. The Fellowship of the Akademi is the most prestigious and rare honor, which is restricted to 40 numbers at any given time.

Prize Money
Akademi Fellow carries a purse money of Rs 3,00,000 and Akademi Award carries Rs 1,00,000, besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow (Akademi Ratna) Awards
The General Council unanimously elected 4 eminent personalities in the field of performing arts for Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow (Akademi Ratna). They are

  • Zakir Hussain- Tabla Virtuoso
  • Sonal Mansingh- Dancer
  • Jatin Goswami- Dancer & Choreographer
  • Kalyanasundaram Pillai- Bharatanatyam exponent

Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar)
Music
In the field of Music, 11 eminent artists were awarded.

Mani PrasadHindustani Vocal
Madhup MudgalHindustani Vocal
Tarun BhattacharyaHindustani Instrumental – (Santoor)
Tejendra Narayan MajumdarHindustani Instrumental – (Sarod)
Alamelu ManiCarnatic Vocal
Malladi SuribabuCarnatic Vocal
S.Kasim & S BabuCarnatic Instrumental – Nagaswaram
Ganesh & KumareshCarnatic Instrumental – Violin
Suresh WadkarOther Major Traditions of Music – “Sugam Sangeet”
Shanti HiranandOther Major Traditions of Music – “Sugam Sangeet”
H. Ashangbi DeviOther Major Traditions of Music – “Nata Sankirtana” Manipur
Dance
In the field of Dance, 9 eminent artists were awarded.
Radha SridharBharatanatyam
Ishira & Maulik Shah Kathak (Joint Award)Kathak
Akham Lakshmi DeviManipuri
Surupa SenOdissi
Tankeswar Hazarika BorbayanSattriya
Gopika VarmaMohiniattam
Deepak MazumdarContemporary Dance
Pasumurthy Ramalinga SastryKuchipudi
Tapan Kumar PattanayakChhau
Theatre
In the field of Theatre, 9 eminent artists were awarded.
Rajiv NaikPlaywriting
Laltluangliana KhiangtePlaywriting
Sanjay UpadhyayDirection
S.RaghunandanaDirection
Suhas JoshiActing
Teekam JoshiActing
Swapan NandyMime
Bhagawat A S NanjappaOther Major Traditions of Theatre- Yakshagana
A.M. Parameswaran Kuttan ChakkiyarOther Major Traditions of Theatre- Kutiyattam
Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre and Puppetry
In the field of Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre and Puppetry, 10 artists were awarded.
Malini AwasthiFolk Music, Uttar Pradesh
Gazi Khan BarnaFolk Music – Khartal, Rajasthan
Narendar Singh NegiFolk Songs, Uttrakhand
Niranjan RajyaguruFolk Music, Gujarat
Mohd. Sadiq BhagatFolk Theatre (Bhand Pather), J&K
Kota Sachidanand ShastryHarikatha, Andhra Pradesh
Arjun Singh DhruveFolk Dance, Madhya Pradesh
Somnath BattuFolk Music, Himachal Pradesh
Anupama HoskerePuppetry (String), Karnataka
Hem Chandra GoswamiMask Making, Assam
Overall Contribution / Scholarship in Performing Arts
In the field of Overall Contribution / Scholarship in Performing Arts, 2 artists were awarded.

  • Diwan Singh Bajeli (Scholar)
  • Puru Dadhich (Overall Contribution)

Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskars for the Year 2018
Sangeet Natak Akademi, in the meeting of its General Council held on 26 June 2019 at Guwahati, Assam, selected 32 (Including one joint Awards) artists of India who have made a mark as young talents in their respective fields of the performing arts for Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2018. It will be presented at a special ceremony by the Shekhar Sen, Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Criteria
It is conferred upon artists below the age of 40 years with the objective to identify and encourage outstanding young talents in diverse fields of performing arts and giving them national recognition early in their lives, so that they may work with greater commitment and dedication in their chosen fields.
Prize Money
Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar carries a purse money of Rs 25,000.
Music
In the field of Music, 8 artists were awarded.

Sameehan KashalkarHindustani Vocal Music
Ruchira KedarHindustani Vocal Music
Dhruv BediHindustani Instrumental Music–Sitar
Shubh MaharajHindustani Instrumental – Tabla
Sandeep NarayanCarnatic Vocal Music
J.B.Sruthi SagarCarnatic Instrumental Music–Flute
R.SridharCarnatic Instrumental Music–Violin
M.D.PallaviOther Major Traditions of Music – Bhava Sangeet
Dance
In the field of Dance, 8 artists were awarded.
Vijna Rani Vasudevan & Rajith Babu (Joint Award)Bharatanatyam
Durgesh GanganiKathak
Kalamandalam VaisakhKathakali
Manju ElangbamManipuri
Madhulita MohapatraOdissi
Anjali Borbora BorthakurSattriya
Rakesh Sai BabuChhau
Vikram MohanContemporary Dance
Theatre
In the field of Theatre, 7 artists were awarded.
Chavan Pramod RDirection
Namrata SharmaActing
Sunil PalwalActing
Preeti Jha TiwariActing
Kuldeep PatgiriMime
Subhadeep GuhaAllied Theatre Arts – Music for Theatre
Kalamandalam Sajith VijayanOther Major Traditions of Theatre – Kutiyattam
Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre and Puppetry
In the field of Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre and Puppetry, 8 artists were awarded.
Chandan TiwariFolk Music-Bihar
Dinesh Kumar JangdePanthi Dance – Chhattisgarh
Manoj Kumar DasTraditional Music – Khol, Assam
Chandani Mansing ZalaPuppetry, Gujarat
A.Aneshori DeviTraditional & Folk Music, Manipur
P.RajkumarFolk Dance, Tamilnadu
Madhushree HaitalFolk Music (Jhumar) – West Bengal
Ashok KumarFolk Music-Uttar Pradesh
About Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards:
Sponsored by: Sangeet Natak Akademi/ National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama
First awarded: 1952