Dr. Sunil Kothari, Dr. Anita Ratnam, Geeta Chandran, Ratikant Mohapatra, Bala Kondala Rao, Jitendra Maharaj, Ramachandran Unnithan, Gopal Prasad Dubey, Dr. Pappu Venugopal Rao, Avinash Pasricha, Leela Sayi, Lakshmi Mangatayaru

General Council of Sangeet Natak Akademi at its meeting held on 24 May 2017 at Guwahati has selected the following awardees in the field of dance.
- SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI FELLOW (Akademi Ratna): Dr. Sunil Kothari
- AKADEMI AWARD (Akademi Puraskar) for 2016: Dr. Anita Ratnam (contemporary dance), Geeta Chandran (BN), Ratikant Mohapatra (Odissi), Jitendra Maharaj (Kathak), AB Bala Kondala Rao (Kuchipudi), Kalamandalam Ramachandran Unnithan (Kathakali), Maisnam Kaminikumar Singh (Manipuri), Haricharan Bhuyan Borbayan (Sattriya), Pt Gopal Prasad Dubey (Chhau).
Annabattula Lakshmi Mangatayaru & Leela Sayi (joint award, traditional theatre Kalavantulu), Prabhitangsu Das & Dattatreya Aralikatte (puppetry)
Dr. Pappu Venugopal Rao for scholarship and Avinash Pasricha for overall contribution 
- USTAD BISMILLAH KHAN YUVA PURASKAR: Jyotsna Jagannathan (BN), Sanjukta Sinha (Kathak), Sanjenbam Karuna Devi (Manipuri), Mruthyunjaya Keshava Prasad (Kuchipudi), Shashwati Garai Ghosh (Odissi), Usharani Baishya (Sattriya), Kalamandalam Rachita Devi (Mohiniattam), KJ Krishnendu (Koodiyattam)
Gurumayum Biseshwor Sharma (Thang-ta), Ravi Kumar (traditional theater Oggukatha, Telangana), P Thilagavathi (traditional theater, Kattaikoothu, Tamilnadu), Dushyant Kumar Dwivedi (Pandavani, Chattisgarh), S. Gopi & Rajeev Pulavar (puppetry)
The honor of Akademi Fellow carries a purse of Rs. 3 lakhs, Akademi Award carries a purse of Rs. 1 lakh, with tamrapatra and angavastram. The Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar carries a purse of Rs.25,000. 




AMG (Asian Media & Marketing Group) hosted the very first Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTA) last year on May 22, 2016 in the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre in London, and as part of its Alchemy Festival, the largest multi-arts festival of its kind focusing on South Asia. . For 2017, the finalists announced on May 22, 2017 are:
EASTERN EYE AWARD FOR DANCE in UK
Aakash Odedra – nominated for excellence in Kathak and contemporary dance
Akram Khan – nominated for outstanding achievements in choreography
Shane Shambhu – nominated for excellence in bringing fresh, alternative perspectives to the creation of performances
EASTERN EYE EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
Vidya Patel – Dance
EASTERN EYE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
Akram Khan, Anoushka Shankar
Info: http://www.actas.co.uk/Finalists2017.php




The second NRUTYA NAIVEDYA AWARD was presented to Odissi Guru Bichitrananda Swain on May 22, 2017 by Prawat Kumar Swain’s Nrutya Naivedya at Bhanja Mandap, Bhubaneswar.




On the 43rd annual day of Ganesha Natyalalaya, its founder president Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan honoured Nalli Kuppuswamy, Guru Kalyanasundaram Pillai and Dr. Sunil Kothari for their services to dance with SHRESHTH KALA PRACHARAK AWARD on May 11, 2017 in New Delhi




Raghunath Manet and Didier Bellocq’s documentary film ‘Dance of Shiva’ is selected as BEST SPIRITUAL DOCUMENTARY by AFI World Peace Initiative, supported by the United Nations. They received the award at the ‘World Peace & Tolerance’ reception on May 23, 2017 at the Majestic Hotel, during the Festival de Cannes.




The Balasaraswati Institute of Performing Arts conferred the BALASARASWATI/SCRIPPS AWARD on Dr. Sonal Mansingh on May 20, 2017 at Music Academy, Chennai.



KALASAGAR AWARD 2017 in the field of traditional performing art form will be presented  on the 93rd birth anniversary of its founder Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval, on 28 May 2017 at Regional Theatre, Trissur. The awardees are selected through nominations received from the art lovers. The minimum criteria for nomination is - the artistes should be between the ages of 40 and 70, should be well known performer/guru and a permanent resident within the state of Kerala.
Kathakali: Vesham/Actor - Ranjini Suresh, Pattu/Music - Nedumbully Ram Mohan,
Chenda/Percussion: Kalanilayam Kunjunni, Maddalam/Percussion - Kalamandalam Achutha Warrier, Chutty/Make-Up - Erur Manoj
Ottenthullal: Kaliyath Suresh, Chakyarkoothu -Rajaneesh Chakyar, Koodiyattam - Kapila Venu, Mohiniattam - Shyamala Surendran, Bharatanatyam - Sudha Peethambaran, Kuchipudi - Girija Chandran, Thayambaka -Manjeri Haridas
Panchavadyam: Thimila - Kongad Radhakrishnan, Maddalam- Kottakkal Ravi,
Edakka: Kavil Ajayan, Thalam - Parakkad Babu, Kombu - Cherpu Unnikrishnan




Bharatanatyam guru Muralidhar Rao passed away on May 1, 2017.  An eminent exponent of the Pandanallur school, he gave it a new dimension through his research and experiments.




Utsav Music conferred UTSAV NRITHYA RATNA title on Bharatanatyam exponent Lakshmi Viswanathan on May 1, 2017 at Chennai during the World Dance Day celebration.




Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthi

Indira Rajan
ABHAI Annual Day was celebrated on May 1, 2017 at Rukmini Devi Kalai Arangam, Tamilnadu Eyal Isai Nataka Mandram, Chennai. The awardees for 2016 and 2017:
NATYAKALANIDHI: Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthi & Indira Rajan
GANDHARVA NIPUNA: Khandadevi Vijayaraghavan (violinist) &Veda Krishnan Ram (mridangist)
NARTHAKA NIPUNA: Deepak Majumdar & Sheejith Krishna
LAYAAVADHAANI: Nellai D Kannan
NRITHYAPERUNJYOTI: Radhika Shurjit (a new award from the year 2017 for female dancers above 45 years).




Milap Festival Trust, its Board and Staff Team, have chosen Narthaki.com and Dr. Anita Ratnam as its Founder Director, for the first International Arts Award VISHWA KALA RATNA established by the Trust for the year 2017. The award celebrates and acknowledges the sterling contribution made by dynamic, well established individuals/organizations towards promoting and strengthening Indian Arts globally. Milapfest will confer the award in England at the Awards Ceremony later in the year. ...Read more


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