Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts & Sangeetha Sabha presents SHANMUKHA SANGEETHA SHIROMANI award to Bharatanatyam dancer Pavitra Bhat on Dec 15, 2018 at Mumbai.
As part of the festival on 'Dhimahi - Dynamic Meditations on Laya' in November 2018 in Chennai, there was the Dhimahi Choreography Contest, a social media contest, that saw many dancers from around the world present their choreographies to the Sadashiva Kavuthvam composed by Madurai R Muralidaran. Subhashri Sasidharan and Shabin Bright, both disciples of Divyasena, were the winners in the female and male categories respectively. The winners won a trip to Singapore and Malaysia respectively, and also had a chance to present their winning choreographies on the final day of the festival on Nov 25, 2018.
Natyanjali Trust presents MUTHIRAI PATHITHA VITHAGAR award to Prof A Janardhanan and Dr. Sunanda Nair on Dec 24, 2018 at the Natyanjali Festival, Karur.
"The Mylapore Trio" - Amarnath, Surendranath, Aparna - were honoured with NALLOR VIRUDU Award for their contribution towards the development of Indian culture, by YACD - Sri Krishna Sweets during the popular music and dance season, on 2nd December 2018 at Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple, Chennai.
From December 2018, S Janaki takes over as Editor-in-Chief of Sruti magazine.
Mylapore Fine Arts presents NRITHYA KALA NIPUNA on Bharatanatyam dancer Urmila Sathyanarayanan, on Dec 9, 2018 at Chennai.
Krishna Gana Sabha presents NRITYA CHOODAMANI to Vyjayanthi Kashi (Kuchipudi) and ACHARYA CHOODAMANI to Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan (Kathakali) on Dec 13, 2018 at Chennai.
The Indian Fine Arts Society presents Guru T.K. Kalyanasundaram with the title NATYA KALASIKHAMANI on Dec 16, 2018, Chennai.
On Dec 21, 2018 Kartik Fine Arts presents MADURA KALA MANI AWARD to Srekala Bharath, NRITHYA PEROLI title on Alarmel Valli, NRITYAJYOTI AWARD of Excellence in Bharatanatyam to Priya Dixit, NATYA CHUDAR title on Akhila Balasubramaniam, at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Hall, Chennai.
Classical dancer Vyshnavie Sainath Yagnesh, daughter and disciple of Rajeswari Sainath, was conferred with the award of JASHN-E-YOUNGISTHAN (the young India- new India- Future India) by the Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, on 24 November 2018 at New Delhi along with the other achievers in their respective fields
On Dec 9, 2018 Bharatanatyam guru Anitha Guha receives VANI KALA SUDHAKARA from Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha in Chennai.
Nalanda Dance Research Centre presented NALANDA KANAKA NARTANA PURASKAR to Dr.Sunanda Nair, Dr.Uma Rele and Deepak Mazumdar for 2017 and Jhelum Paranjape (Odissi), Shila Mehta (Kathak), C Gopalakrishnan (Kathakali) and Dr. Ambika Viswanath (BN) for 2018, on November 24 & 25, 2018 at Mumbai.
Mohiniattam exponent Dr. Kanak Rele, founder-principal of the Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya in Mumbai, has been selected for the first GURU GOPINATH NATIONAL NATYA PURASKAR by Natanagramam to honour the lifetime achievements of eminent exponents of Indian dance forms. The award carries a purse of Rs. 3 lakhs, a statuette designed by sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman and citation.
Dubai based Kalalaya and Kerala based Naadam jointly honoured The Dhananjayans with NATANA KULAPATHI PURASKAR on 17th November 2018 during the Nrithyakalakeli festival at the New World Private School Auditorium, Dubai.
On December 3, 2018, Malavika Sarukkai received NAATYA PADHMAM from Brahma Gana Sabha at Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Chennai.
Natya Dance Theatre is a 2018 recipient of the MacArthur International Connections Fund Award. With the support of the MacArthur Foundation, Natya's Artistic Director, Hema Rajagopalan will be collaborating with renowned contemporary dancer, Astad Deboo to develop and perform a new theatrical dance work INAI (Connections) to premiere in Chennai, India and Chicago, IL. The work will explore diverse universal connections, and be accompanied by eminent musicians from India.
Madhu Nataraj has been chosen by Anata Aspen centre to be mentored under the aegis of the KAMALNAYAN BAJAJ FELLOWSHIP. The Bajaj Fellowship mobilizes a new class of leaders to find solutions to the nation’s most challenging issues and make a sustained impact. All are proven leaders between 35-45, with diverse experience. Bajaj Fellows are at a stage in their lives where, having achieved success, they are ready to apply their creative talents as catalysts for change. Bajaj Fellows embark on the journey through four seminars spread over 18 months, exploring their core values, vision for a ‘Good Society’, and their desired legacies. Each Fellow launches a social venture that will stretch them to make a positive impact on their communities, society and the nation.
Guru Banamali Maharana, known as the ‘father of Odissi mardala,’ passed away on November 17, 2018 at Bhubaneswar. He was 77. Starting his career as a theatre artiste, Banamali Maharana partnered with Odissi maestro Kelucharan Mohapatra and his disciples, traveling the globe. He founded the Mardala Academy and worked hard to promote mardala from just an accompanying instrument to an independent solo instrument. The academy presents the Tala Vadya Utsav annually from 2002 to give the mardala its due. He was honoured with Upendra Bhanja Samman (2016), Odissi Nrutya Samman (for 2015-16), Sanjukta Panigrahi National Award (2005), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Odissi Music (2004) and Gandharba Kala Samman.
The Attendance annual awards were given on November 25, 2018 at ADA Rangamandira, Bangalore.
RAM GOPAL BEST MALE DANCER AWARD to Parshwanath Upadhye, MOHAN KHOKAR DANCE ACADEMICS AWARD to Dr.B.M. Sundaram, UDAY SHANKAR CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD to Daksha Sheth, RUKMINI DEVI SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO BN AWARD to Sucheta Chapekar, MAYA RAO LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to Dr.Sonal Mansingh.
Conde Nast Traveller India presented Astad Deboo THE CONDE NAST TRAVELLER EXCELLENCE AWARD on November 29, 2018 at the Lodhi Hotel, Delhi, in recognition of his contribution to contemporary dance for 5 decades using the medium of contemporary dance to promote inclusivity.
The Dhananjayans will receive the NALANDA BHARATA MUNI SAMMAN from Dr. Kanak Rele's Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Mumbai, for 2018 on January 13, 2019 during NDRC'S Annual Natya Festival at Kalaangan, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Mumbai. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each.
The Music Academy Madras will honor Bharatanatyam Guru Shanta Dhananjayan with the NRITYA KALANIDHI AWARD for dance on January 3, 2019 at the inauguration of the dance festival. Guru VP Dhananjayan received the equivalent award 'Sangeeta Kala Acharya' from the Academy on 4th January 2005.
The SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI AWARD for 2017
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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