PV Krishnamoorthy passed away in Chennai on October 17, 2019, aged 98. Born on 1 April 1921 in Yangon, Myanmar, PVK made wide-ranging contributions to the development of dance, music, and broadcasting in India. For the greater part of his career he served the All India Radio, working as Station Director in various cities. He was the first Director General of Doordarshan, an organization he helped bring into being. He was trained in Carnatic music by his sister Rajeshwari and his brother P. V. Subramaniam (Subbudu), the veteran arts critic. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rangoon. A pioneer and a visionary, when in Cuttack, he nurtured many legends like Kelucharan Mohapatra, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Bhubaneswar Mishra, and more. While serving in Kerala, he got the Kottakal Kathakali troupe to stage the only attakatha on Buddha titled Buddha Charitham. As Station Director in Calcutta, he worked with many gifted musicians, and conducted programs by outstanding singers. PVK was associated with Sangeet Natak Akademi as Vice-Chairman (1983-1988), and worked as media consultant to UNICEF for over a decade.
He received several honours for his work including the Sangeetha Saraswathi awarded by the Balakrushna Dass Foundation, Lifetime Achievement Award by Guru Debaprasad Das Institute in Orissa and an honorary D.Litt. by the Ravenshaw University in Cuttack. He was elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his overall contribution to India’s performing arts.
S.V. Seshadri, musicologist and ex-station director of AIR Delhi, passed away at his home in Chennai on October 16, 2019 aged 94. He was unique, with an encyclopedic mind on music, mythology and much more. A deep man, he sat quietly musing about music. He composed many songs and textual inputs for veterans like guru M.K.Saroja and younger stars like Malavika Sarukkai. An avid reader of classics, from Chaucer to Chari, he used language skills to his advantage by making difficult concepts, accessible. He wrote authoritative reviews and articles for The Hindu, Sruti and attenDance. He was married to Meera Seshadri, who predeceased him by over a decade and he was lovingly looked after by his nephew Diwakar and his wife Gayatri. An era of real knowledge has passed away.
(Tribute by Ashish Mohan Khokar)
Aswathy Nair received the KERALA SANGEETHA NATAKA AKADEMI AWARD at Kollam, Kerala, on October 16, 2019.
The Dhananjayans are to be honoured with BHARATMUNI SAMMAN by Puspita Mishra’s Kalingayana Touryatrikam at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar on December 16, 2019.
On 28th October 2019 Tridhara Bhubaneswar presents GURU DEBAPRASAD AWARD at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar on the inaugural day of the 13th Guru Debaprasad Award Festival to V.P. Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan (Bharatanatyam), Durga Charan Ranbir (Odissi), Ramli Ibrahim (Odissi), Gopika Varma (Mohiniattam), Raghav Raj Bhatt and Mangala Bhatt (Kathak). Rathimalar Govindrajoo (Odissi & Bharatanatyam), Amrita Das (Odissi), Binayak Panda (Odissi), Atasi Mishra receive GURU DEBAPRASAD NRUTYA PRATIVA AWARD.
Utkal Dance & Research Academy presented GURU SAHADEV PADHI MEMORIAL AWARD to musician / vocalist Pt Ramhari Das, on October 15, 2019 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.
Bharatanatyam dancer G Narendra received the NARTAKA AWARD of Natyanjali Trust from Prof. A Janardhanan at the 13th Nartaka Festival held on October 10, 2019 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai.
Mridangist Vasanthapuram Chandrashekar passed away on October 6, 2019. He was a sought after percussionist by both musicians and dancers. He used to organize the VRC Academy of Music & Dance Festival in Bangalore.
Pt Jwala Prasad (16 July 1956- Oct 3, 2019), well known musician and SNA awardee who accompanied Kathak dancers, passed away in Delhi after a protracted illness.
Sreelatha Vinod received the EntreprenHER award by the Razzmatazz group on October 3, 2019 at Chennai
The awardees of Music Academy this year.
NRITYA KALANIDHI - Priyadarshini Govind, TTK AWARD - Rajkumar Bharathi
SANGITA KALANIDHI - Dr S Sowmya, Sangita Kala Acharya - Seetha Narayanan and MS Sheela, TTK Award - Vyasarpadi Kothandaraman, Musicologist Award - Dr. Arati Rao N.
Sangita Kalanidhi and other music awards will be conferred at the Sadas of the Music festival on 1st January 2020. The Nritya Kalanidhi Award will be presented at the inauguration of the Dance Festival on 3rd January 2020.
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.
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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