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Natyarangam honored the following artistes on August 15, 2019 at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai.
Bharatanatyam guru Saroja Kameswaran, Dr. S Raghuraman (scholar & resource person) for Outstanding Contribution to Bharatanatyam, OBUL REDDY ENDOWMENT AWARD to senior Bharatanatyam dancer Lakshmi Ramaswamy,  VASANTHALAKSHMI NARASIMHACHARI ENDOWMENT AWARD for talent promotion to Pavitra Bhat, SUDHARANI RAGHUPATHY ENDOWMENT AWARD to mridangist M Dhanamjayan, BHAGAVATULU SEETARAMA SARMA ENDOWMENT AWARD to KS Balakrishnan for nattuvangam




Eminent educationist, founder of the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan (founded in 1958) group of schools, journalist and cultural ambassador, Mrs. Y.G.Parthasarathy (Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy also known as Rashmi), passed away in Chennai on August 6, 2019. She was 93. In 1987, she started Bharat Kalachar, a cultural organization that identified young talent in music, dance and other arts and gave them a platform. Bharat Kalachar was started by her to promote and create a cultural awareness and appreciation of our classical fine arts and traditional folk arts especially among youth, to provide Art Education and Value Education through performing arts, to give scholarship and awards to young students in recognition of their talent in the field of fine arts and to conduct seminars, workshops, lec-dems, conferences in the field of Fine Arts by eminent artistes. Despite being in a wheelchair in her advanced age, Mrs YGP attended many programs and always said a few words to encourage the artistes. She received the Padma Shri in 2010.




Utsav-Ranjana’s Odissi Dance Academy confers the UTSAV SAMMAN on Bankim Sethi (Odissi vocal and music composer), Dhaneswar Swain (mardal artiste and composer), Manjari Sinha (music scholar and critic) and flautist Chetan Joshi on August 13, 2019 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.



During its Annual Festival of Dance and Music held on 8 to 10 July 2019 at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, Guwahati, Sangeet Sattra bestowed the RASHESWAR SAIKIA BARBAYAN SATTRIYA AWARD on Bharatanatyam exponent Chitra Visweswaran, Chennai, Sattriya exponent Manik Chandra  Barbayan, Assam, and Kathak exponent Bipul Chandra Das, Assam.




Bharatanatyam Guru Hemamalini Arni (1934-2019) passed away peacefully in Hyderabad on July 20, 2019 aged 85. Hemamalini was a disciple of Guru Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai; she learnt her abhinaya and padams from Mylapore Gowriamma and T. Balasaraswathi. Along with her dance she trained in Carnatic music from Mayavaram Krishna Iyer and Maharajapuram Viswantha Iyer. She has conducted around 50 arangetrams in the last 25 years and trained innumerable dancers.
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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.




Senior Kuchipudi dancer and Guru Sumathi Kaushal passed away on July 15, 2019.
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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.
-AKADEMI PURASKAR
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




Renjith Babu and Vijna, Madhulita Mohapatra, Rakesh Sai Babu, Durgesh Gangani

The General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi has chosen the USTAD BISMILLAH KHAN YUVA PURASKAR awardees for 2018:
Renjith Babu and Vijna Vasudevan (BN), Durgesh Gangani (Kathak), Kalamandalam Vaisakh (Kathakali), Manju Elangbam (Manipuri), Madhulita Mohapatra (Odissi), Anjali Borrbora Borthakur (Sattriya), Rakesh Sai Babu (Chhau), Vikram Mohan (Contemporary dance).




After a gap of 8 years, on August 13, 2019 the Tamilnadu Govt gave KALAIMAMANI awards to 201 personalities, including writers, singers, dancers, musicians and actors, for their contribution to culture from 2011. Among the recipients are Bharatanatyam dancers Roja Kannan, Lakshmi Ramaswamy, Radhika Shurajit, J Suryanarayanamurthy, Priya Murle, Binesh Mahadevan, Latha Rajendran, P. Muralidharan and Niveditha Parthasarathy.
Chennai-based Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Goodwill Stage and Salem Amateur Arts received awards for institutions.
V.P. Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan received the BALASARASWATHI MEMORIAL AWARD for Bharatanatyam, along with Vyjayanthimala Bali and Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar. The award carries a cash prize of rupees one lakh and citation.


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