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YOG SUNDER DESAI, founder of Indian Revival Group, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2020, in New Delhi. He was 99. Connected with the national movement, he ranks amongst the pioneers who ventured into the world of Indian dance in the pre independence era. Yog Sundar was born on July 16, 1921 in Limdi as the son of Darbar Gopaldas Desai, Prince of Gujarat, but was brought up under Gandhian principles.
He learnt Kathakali, Krishnanattam and Mohiniattam in Kerala; in Shantiniketan he learnt painting under the legendary Nand Lal Bose, Manipuri dance from Guru Thambam Thamba, Kathak from Pt. Bhure Lal. He began his dance career in 1945 and founded the Indian Revival Group in 1948. Yog Sunder devoted his entire life to the propagation of India’s rich cultural heritage - its folk & classical dance forms, regional music & costume, mythology & literature.
Yog Sundar married Geetashri in 1965 and had a daughter Papiha, who is a dancer and director of the group, and three sons Pallav, Pavan and Prashant who also perform with the group.

A Life in Dance - Celebrating 99 years of Yog Sunder Desai
 
Yog Sunder: A true Prince of Dance
- Ashish Mohan Khokar, narthaki.com
 
An extraordinary story of a prince of Gujarat: Dancer Yog Sundar
- Sunil Kothari, The Asian Age
 

 

Among the 2020 BESSIE nominees for Outstanding Performer is BIJAYINI SATPATHY for 'Kalpana - the world of Imagination' by Kelucharan Mohapatra and Surupa Sen, at A.R.T. New York Theatre for the Drive East Festival.

 


The Dance Studies Association awards the 2020 de la Torre Bueno® Prize to ANURIMA BANERJI's DANCING ODISSI: PARATOPIC PERFORMANCES OF GENDER AND STATE (Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press, 2019)

 


The 2020 de la Torre Bueno® First Book Special Citation reads: “HARI KRISHNAN’s ‘CELLULOID CLASSICISM: EARLY TAMIL CINEMA AND THE MAKING OF MODERN BHARATANATYAM’ is an invaluable addition to scholarship on Bharatanatyam in the crucial period between the 1930s and 1950s, offering an impeccably researched and well-argued revision of the common recounting of this phase of the dance’s history which has it that devadasis, if they kept dancing, went into film while Brahmin women dominated the stage, and discourses on caste and morality kept the two realms separate.”




Madhya Pradesh Govt has chosen Manipuri dancer BIMBAVATI DEVI for the RASHTRIYA KUMAR GANDHARV SAMMAN in the field of dance. The award will be given by the CM of MP at a ceremony to be held in Bhopal in December.




Kapila Venu has been selected for the Dr. V.S SARMA ENDOWMENT given by Kerala Kalamandalam for 2020.




PUSHKALA GOPAL gets the MBE (Member of the British Empire), Arts & Culture, UK, for services to South Asian Dance, as announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2020.




UMA SATHYANARAYANAN to receive KERALA SANGEETA NATAKA ACADEMY award (State award) in the field of Bharatanatyam for the year 2019.




Mumbai's Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha is one of the oldest and most prestigious cultural organizations in the country. Commemorating the golden jubilee year in 2002 they set up a national eminence award in Fine Arts. The award for 2020 is to be bestowed upon the Bharatanatyam couple The Dhananjayans with the title of SANGEETHA KALA VIBHUSHAN. The award function is scheduled to be held on 5th December 2020 on the inauguration of the Sabha's annual Art Festival. The award carries a citation, traditional Tanjavur bronze lamp, award memento and a purse for Rs.2.5 lakhs.




The Padma awards have been announced. The PADMA SHRI for dance goes to Shashadhar Acharya (Chhau), Indira PP Bora (Sattriya), Vajira Chitrasena (Kandyan dance, Srilanka) and Purushottam Dadheech (Kathak).




Sonal Mansingh, Jatin Goswami, K.Kalyanasundaram Pillai, Radha Sridhar, Pasumurthy Ramalinga Sastry, Parameswaran Kuttan Chakkiyar, Surupa Sen, Gopika Varma

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 eminent personalities in the field of performing arts. The honour of Akademi Fellow carries a purse money of Rupees three lakh and Akademi Award carries Rupees one lakh besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.
-AKADEMI RATNA / AKADEMI FELLOW
Zakir Hussain, Sonal Mansingh, Jatin Goswami and K.Kalyanasundaram Pillai, for Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow.
-AKADEMI PURASKAR
The General Council also 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 for the year 2018. These 44 artists include three joint awards.
Dance: nine eminent artists have been selected for the Akademi Awards 2018, namely, Radha Sridhar for Bharatanatyam, Ishira & Maulik Shah (Joint Award) for Kathak, Akham Lakshmi Devi for Manipuri, Pasumurthy Ramalinga Sastry for Kuchipudi, Surupa Sen for Odissi, Tankeswar Hazarika Borbayan for Sattriya, Gopika Varma for Mohiniattam, Tapan Kumar Pattanayak for Chhau, Deepak Mazumdar for Contemporary Dance.
Theatre: Bhagawat A.S.Nanjappa -Yakshagana, A.M.Parameswaran Kuttan Chakkiyar -Kutiyattam.
Folk, puppetry: Anupama Hoskere, Puppetry (String), Karnataka, Hem Chandra Goswami, Mask Making, Assam.
Overall Contribution/Scholarship in the Performing Arts: Diwan Singh Bajeli and Puru Dadhich


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