Divya Devaguptapu, Bharatakalanjali alumni and a prime disciple of The Dhananjayans is adjudged the outstanding dancer in the Music Academy Mid Year Dance Festival 2017. She will be awarded BEST BHARATANATYAM ARTISTE of the year 2017 on the inaugural day of the Academyís Natya festival on 3rd January 2018.




Nirbhaya Samaroh is an annual event hosted by the Honour for Women National Campaign to raise awareness on womenís rights. The event is named after the 2012 Delhi gang rape victim and is presented as a tribute to all victims of Violence against Women. Founded by womenís rights activist Manasi Pradhan, the NIRBHAYA PURUSKAR felicitates women achievers in different fields; the first round of honours were announced in 2013. In the 2017 honour list, dancer Geeta Chandran will be conferred the Nirbhaya Puruskar along with social-activist Kamla Bhasin, actor-activist Shabana Azmi, banker Chanda Kochhar, education-activist Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath; and sportswoman Deepa Malik, on July 25, 2017 at IIC, Delhi.



On 15 July 2017, fourteen soloists and four groups, a total of 45 performers, took to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome to battle it in Akademiís National South Asian Youth Dance Competition. The winners of NAVADAL 2017:
Solo 11-16 winner: Joanne Rose Thomas, student of Guru Priya Sundar
Solo 17-25 winner: Jaina Modasia, student of Guru Sujata Banerjee
Group winners: Sanskriti, students of Guru Pushkala Gopal




The Music Academy awards for 2017 have just been announced.
SANGEETA KALANIDHI - Gotuvadyam and Chitraveena exponent N Ravikiran
NRITHYA KALANIDHI (previously Natya Kalacharya) - Bharatanatyam exponent Lakshmi Vishwanathan
SANGEETA KALACHARYA - veteran Carnatic vocalist and Guru Radha Namboodiri of Mumbai / veteran mridangam maestro Kamalakar Rao of Andhra
TTK AWARD - Bangalore based Ghatam artiste Sukanya Ramgopal and violinist Thiruvallur Parthasarathy
MUSICOLOGIST AWARD - Bangalore based musician and scholar T.S. Satyavathi




Dr. Sunil Kothari, Dr. Anita Ratnam, Geeta Chandran, Ratikant Mohapatra, Bala Kondala Rao, Jitendra Maharaj, Ramachandran Unnithan, Gopal Prasad Dubey, Dr. Pappu Venugopal Rao, Avinash Pasricha, Leela Sayi, Lakshmi Mangatayaru

General Council of Sangeet Natak Akademi at its meeting held on 24 May 2017 at Guwahati has selected the following awardees in the field of dance.
- SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI FELLOW (Akademi Ratna): Dr. Sunil Kothari
- AKADEMI AWARD (Akademi Puraskar) for 2016: Dr. Anita Ratnam (contemporary dance), Geeta Chandran (BN), Ratikant Mohapatra (Odissi), Jitendra Maharaj (Kathak), AB Bala Kondala Rao (Kuchipudi), Kalamandalam Ramachandran Unnithan (Kathakali), Maisnam Kaminikumar Singh (Manipuri), Haricharan Bhuyan Borbayan (Sattriya), Pt Gopal Prasad Dubey (Chhau).
Annabattula Lakshmi Mangatayaru & Leela Sayi (joint award, traditional theatre Kalavantulu), Prabhitangsu Das & Dattatreya Aralikatte (puppetry)
Dr. Pappu Venugopal Rao for scholarship and Avinash Pasricha for overall contribution 
- USTAD BISMILLAH KHAN YUVA PURASKAR: Jyotsna Jagannathan (BN), Sanjukta Sinha (Kathak), Sanjenbam Karuna Devi (Manipuri), Mruthyunjaya Keshava Prasad (Kuchipudi), Shashwati Garai Ghosh (Odissi), Usharani Baishya (Sattriya), Kalamandalam Rachita Devi (Mohiniattam), KJ Krishnendu (Koodiyattam)
Gurumayum Biseshwor Sharma (Thang-ta), Ravi Kumar (traditional theater Oggukatha, Telangana), P Thilagavathi (traditional theater, Kattaikoothu, Tamilnadu), Dushyant Kumar Dwivedi (Pandavani, Chattisgarh), S. Gopi & Rajeev Pulavar (puppetry)
The honor of Akademi Fellow carries a purse of Rs. 3 lakhs, Akademi Award carries a purse of Rs. 1 lakh, with tamrapatra and angavastram. The Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar carries a purse of Rs.25,000.




Milap Festival Trust, its Board and Staff Team, have chosen Narthaki.com and Dr. Anita Ratnam as its Founder Director, for the first International Arts Award VISHWA KALA RATNA established by the Trust for the year 2017. The award celebrates and acknowledges the sterling contribution made by dynamic, well established individuals/organizations towards promoting and strengthening Indian Arts globally. Milapfest will confer the award in England at the Awards Ceremony later in the year. ...Read more


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