Kathakali artiste Chavara Parukutty passed away on February 7, 2019. She was known for making her mark in a male dominated field and specially for her depiction of female roles in Kathakali. 
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Kathak dancer Dr. Malini Ranganathan, living in Nantes, France, was conferred the PRAVASI BHARATIYA SAMMAN AWARD on 23rd January 2019 in Varanasi by the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind for creating awareness about Indian culture and heritage among the French people particularly in Nantes where she lives.



Nrutya Shabda Essay Writing Competition's winners:
- Senior category:
1st - Bhagyashree Prabhdesai (Topic: Natya Shastra: an overview)
2nd - Charanya Gurusathya (Topic: Guru Shishya Parampara and today's pedagogy of dance)
Judged by a renowned Bharatanatyam dancer and Guru Dr. Swati Datar.
- Junior category:
1st - Archis Kulkarni (Topic: Social Media and Dance)
2nd - Pallavi Shidhaye (Topic: Aaharya Abhinaya)
Judged by Abhijit Thite - journalist, Editor of Maharashtra Times newspaper, Indologist, writer & poet.




Chennai based Bharatanatyam dancer and guru Chinnamanur J. Krishna Kumar received  SWARNA KAMAL NATIONAL AWARD from  Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam (Rajyasabha M.P.), Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, at A.P.Shinde Auditorium, New Delhi on 2nd February 2019 organised by the World Divine Conclave 2019




The PADMA SHRI award for 2019 goes to Narthaki Nataraj (Bharatanatyam), Milena Salvini (Kathakali) and Prabhu Deva.
Full list: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/padma-awards-2019-announced-full-list-awardees-95673



The SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI AWARD for 2017 were given on Feb 6, 2019.
Sujata Mohapatra (Odissi), Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam), Shobha Koser (Kathak), Madambi Subramaniam (Kathakali), LN Oinam Ongbi Dhoni Devi (Manipuri), Deepika Reddy (Kuchipudi), Ramkrishna Talukdar (Sattriya), Janmejoy Saibabu (Chhau), Ashit Desai (music for dance), Sandhya Purecha (Overall Contribution), Tadepalli Satyanarayana Sarma (Other Major Traditions of Theatre - Yakshagana)
The honour of Akademi Award carries Rs one lakh purse money, besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.




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