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)
The honour of Akademi Award carries Rs one lakh purse money, besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.

Parshwanath Upadhye (Bharatanatyam), Vidha Lal (Kathak), C.M. Unnikrishnan (Kathakali), Adhikarimayum Radhamanbi Devi (Manipuri), Bhavana Reddy (Kuchipudi), Janhabi Behera (Odissi), Sudesh Adhana (Contemporary Dance), Sai Shravanam (Music for Dance)
Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar carries a purse money of Rs. 25,000.

Geeta Chandran received the YOGYATA SAMMAN from the Rotary Club of Delhi Central for her “sparkling career spanning four decades” on June 15, 2018 at New Delhi.

The YAGNARAMAN LIVING LEGEND AWARD will be given by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha to Astad Deboo on July 1, 2018 at Chennai. “I am both humbled and honoured by the award given to me by an Indian classical dance foundation. More than me, its a great recognition for Contemporary Dance,” says Astad Deboo who has been in this profession for 50 years now.

At the annual Bhaskareeyam Festival conducted by Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, Maalika Girish Panicker receives NATYA KALA NIPUNA AWARD on June 28, TV Sajith receives SANGITHA KALA NIPUNA AWRD on June 29, Shanta Ratii receives NATYA KALA NIPUNA AWARD on June 30 and Rajandran Sallagri receives NATYA KALA UPASANA AWARD on July 1, 2018, at Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore.

Puthumana Govindan Namboothiri, exponent of Thidambu nritham (a temple dance), received the first KERALA STATE AWARD by Kerala Kshethra Kala Akademi on May 14, 2018.
Thidambu nritham is a 700 year old temple dance and involves mainly four rhythms - thakilati, atantha, chempata, panchari followed by ekathaalam. Puthumana Govindan Namboothiri has redefined, rejuvenated and innovated on thidambu nritham and has been active in the field for more than fifty years.
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Kathak dancer Parveen Gangani passed away on June 2, 2018 in an accident when on holiday in Malaysia. Hailing from a family of dancers belonging to the Jaipur Gharana, he started training  under his brother Guru Manish Kumar Gangani and later under the tutelage of Pandit Birju Maharaj. Parveen Gangani also made a name for himself as a tabla, pakhawaj and naal player.
From 2007 to 2010 Parveen taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural centre in Moscow, where he was sent by ICCR. He founded Kathak Disha Academy of Dance & Music in 1997 in Delhi.

Gurus Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran receive KALAAVATAMSA AWARD at the Kalaarnava celebrations for their yeoman service in the field of Bharatanatyam, on the 10th of June at Dayanandsagar Engineering College Auditorium, Bangalore, at 6.30pm.

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