Nepathya conferred the D APPUKUTTAN NAIR MEMORIAL AWARD on Sadanam Jyothishbabu on December 29, 2013 at its koothambalam in Aluva, Kerala. Jyothishbabu is working as a Kathakali music teacher in Sadanam since 2008.
||Master of Arts by Tulsi Badrinath has been named as one of the ten most interesting books of the year in Hindustan Times. |
|The Bangalore political
action committee launched the program BCLIP civic
leadership incubator program to train citizens to
become corporators. Arts presenter Usha RK is
among the 60 top candidates.
Sri Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad presented PRATHIBHA KURASKARA AWARD to KV Sathyanarayana in recognition of his service to Kuchipudi dance on 27th December 2013 at Hyderabad.
|*||On December 22, 2013
Nupur Zankar presented NUPUR ZANKAR SANMAAN PATRA to Darshana Jhaveri for
her contribution to the field of Manipuri dance, at Ravindra Natya
|Kartik Fine Arts
conferred NADANAMAMANI on Bharatanatyam dancer UMA
SATHYANARAYANAN on December 1, 2013 at Narada Gana
Sabha main hall. NATYA CHUDAR goes to V Soundarya
on December 20, 2013 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
Foundation presented VIDHYA TAPASVI award to Dr. R.
Ganesh and Dr. Ananda Sankar Jayant for their
selfless service towards Bhakthi oriented
traditional fine arts on December 18, 2013 at
|On December 13, 2013 on the inaugural day of its 58th December Art and Dance Festival, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha conferredthe NRITYA CHOODAMANI award on Vilasini Natyam exponent Swapna Sundari, and ACHARYA CHOODAMANI award on Kathakali exponent Prof. A. Janardhanan, in Chennai.|
Lakshmi Vishwanathan received the VANI KALA SUDHAKARA title and award from Tyaga Brahma Gana Sabha on 9th December 2013 at Chennai.
On December 8, 2013 Sri Kala Sudha Telugu Association presented NATYA SUDHA AWARD to veteran Indian classical dancers Vyjayanthimala Bali (Bharatanatyam), Maya Rao, Uma Sharma (Kathak), Yamini Krishnamurthi, (Kuchipudi), Darshana Jhaveri (Manipuri), Kanak Rele, (Mohiniattam) Indira P.P Bora (Sattriya) and Uma Rama Rao (Kuchipudi), at Music Academy, Chennai.
|Mylapore Fine Arts
conferred NRITHYA KALA NIPUNA on Alarmel Valli on
December 8, 2013 at its premises in Chennai.
|In recognition of
exemplary service and outstanding dedication,
Brahma Gana Sabha conferred NAATYA PADHMAM on
Prof. CV Chandrasekar on December 3, 2013 at
Sivagami Pethachi Hall, Chennai.
Bharat Kalachar conferred the following dance awards for dance on Dec 1, 2013 at YGP Auditorium, Chennai.
VISWA KALA BHARATHI: Dr. Anita Ratnam
KALA SEVA BHARATHI: Dr. Sunil Kothari
SPECIAL COMMENDATION AWARD: B K Shafeekuddin
YUVA KALA BHARATHI: Bhavajan Kumar, Pallavi Sriram, TM Sreedevi, TN Saranya.
instituted 6 awards, in memory of dance legends,
that are unique. The award function took place on
Dec 1, 2013 at Alliance Francaise, Bangalore. The
awardees for 2013:
Orissi dancer Rahul Acharya for RAM GOPAL Best Male Solo Dancer Award
Jayachandran Pallazhy of Attakalari for UDAY SHANKAR Choreography Award
Dr. Avanthi Meduri for MOHAN KHOKAR award for Academics
Nirupama-Rajendra for U.S. KRISHNA RAO - CHANDRABHAGA DEVI Dance Couple Award
Guru Lalitha Srinivasan for RUKMINI DEVI Significant Contribution Award
Guru Jayalakshmi Alva (Mangalore) for Lifetime Achievement Award.
Madhu Nataraj and Murlimohan Kalva conducted and compered the ceremony which was complemented by short films. Maestro Dr. L. Subramaniam did the honours and educationist Vimala Rangachar felicitated the awardees. Chiranjiv Singh, President, Alliance Francaise, gave the inaugural address. Mon. Phillipe Giaspirani, Director of AF joined the ceremony. Senior most guru Maya Rao blessed the awardees.
the following awards on November 23, 2013 at its
Sai Festival at Vani Mahal, Chennai: SURA BHARATHI
SEVA SUNDARAM to Giriia Krishnamoorthy (Sanskrit
teacher), BHAKTHI MARGA NATYACHARYA SUNDARAM to
Kanchana Janarthanan (non-performing guru),
PANDANALLUR ACHARYA SUNDARAM to Pandanallur
Pandian (traditional nattuvanar), KALAKARA
SUNDARAM to Udupi Madumathy Prakash (teacher),
NRITTA ABINAYA SUNDARAM to Meenakshi Srinivasan
(Performer), NRITHYA SUNDARAM to Uma
Sathyanarayanan (performer), LAYAJALA SUNDARAM to
Venkatakrishnan Mahalingam (nattuvangam), NATANA
SUNDARAM to Lavanya Shankar (performer), VENUGANA
SUNDARAM to Sruthi Sagar (flautìst).
Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Foundation and Konark Natya Mandap presented the GURU GANGADHAR PRADHAN MEMORIAL AWARD 2013 to Odissi guru Durga Charan Ranbir on November 9, 2013 at ADA Rangamandira, Bangalore.
On the inaugural evening of November 8, 2013 of the 7th Nartaka Dance Festival, Natyanjali Trust presented the NARTAKA AWARD 2013 to Guru K. Kalyanasundaram Pillai (Director, Sri Rajarajeswari Bharatha Natya Kala Mandir, Mumbai), at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai.
On October 30, 2013 at the 7th Guru Debaprasad Award Festival conducted by Guru Gajendra Panda’s Tridhara, the GURU DEBA PRASAD AWARD was given to Dr. Anita Ratnam (Contemporary Dance, the first time a contemporary dance award is being given in this festival), Geeta Chandran (Bharatanatyam), Shashadhar Acharya (Chhau) and Guru Sudhakar Sahu (Odissi) at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.
|At its 26th Annual Day
Celebrations on October 20, 2013, Association of
Bharatanatyam Artistes of India (ABHAI) conferred
the Abhai Awards: NATYA KALANIDHI to Prof. C.V.
Chandrasekhar, USHA SRINIVASAN AWARD and
GAANDHARVA NIPUNAA to Ramaiah, NIRMALA
RAMACHANDRAN AWARD to R Vijay Madhavan, at Narada
Gana Sabha, Chennai.
Dipasikha Dance Foundation celebrated the
centenary year of her guru Pandanallur Subbaraya
Pillai and 50 years of her dance career with
BAANI, a 2 day festival. Dance musicians
Sivasubramaniam (violin), GP Kamala (vocal), Latha
Ramchand (vocal), Sakthivel Muruganandan
(percussion), Cange Kesavulu Vasudevan (cymbals)
were felicitated with the titles GANA VIDYADHARI,
LAYA VIDYADHARA and NADA VIDYADHARA on the opening
day of Oct 19, 2013 at Sivagami Pethachi
|About 75 gurus
including Manipuri exponent Darshana Jhaveri from
Mumbai and Kalabati Devi from Kolkata were awarded
for lifetime contribution with GURU NINGSHING
KHUDOL 2013 (award remembering the gurus)
organized by Nata Sankirtana singer Guru Lakpati
Singh at Gulapi Nata Sankirtan Academy, Imphal on
October 17, 2013. Darshana has devoted her life
completely to preserve, perpetuate and propagate
classical Manipuri dance for 55 years.
Kalasagar honored Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam and Prof. A Janardhanan on October 14, 2013 at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, on the occasion of Gurusmaranadinam in memory of Kalamandalam Krishnan Kutty Poduval.
Kumararani Meena Muthiah College of Arts & Science, Chettinad Kalaikoodam honoured the Dhananjayans, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar & Jaya Chandrasekhar, Narasimhachaari and Vasantalakshmi, Ranganayaki Jayaraman and Guru Udupi Laxminarayan with Lifetime Achievement Award carrying a purse of Rs. 10,000 and a plaque of honour on 12th October 2013 at Chennai.
On October 12, 2013 Koodiyattam exponent Margi Madhu received the first annual KALA PURASKAARAM sponsored by Bristol Laboratories, at Centenary Theatre, Berkhamsted School, Kings Campus, Berkhamsted, UK, 3.30pm. The award carries a plaque and a cash award and is instituted to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of arts and literature by people of Malayalee origin all over the world.
The 29th Annual BESSIE AWARDS termed by The New York Times as “the dance world’s version of the Academy Awards,” took place on October 7, 2013 at the Apollo Theater in New York City. One of the awardees for Outstanding Performer was Shantala Shivalingappa for ‘Shiva Ganga’ (Choreographed by Shantala Shivalingappa, at Fall for Dance, City Center). Hari Krishnan had been nominated for ‘The Frog Princess’ (Choreographed by Hari Krishnan, at La MaMa, La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival).
Sudha Raghuram has been awarded the dance fellowship for 2013 by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and has been selected in the Alabama Touring Artist Program to perform Bharatanatyam in different schools across AL in 2013 and 2014.
received the DHANESWAR SMRUTI SAMMAN for lifetime
achievement in the field of art and culture from
DRIEMS (Dhaneswar Rath Institute of Engineering
and Management Studies), Cuttack, Odisha, on
September 28, 2013.
At the 8th edition of Devdasi National Dance Festival from 24th to 26th September 2013 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar, 8 Indian classical dancers from all over the world, each representing one dance style will be conferred with DEVDASI NATIONAL AWARD. The award was instituted by the city based cultural ogranization Devdasi Nrutya Mandir since 2006 to recognize and honour a young and acclaimed Indian classical dancer who has the dedication like a temple Devdasi towards dance and music. The awardees are: Sujata Mohapatra for Odissi (Bhubaneswar), Rama Vaidyanathan for Bharatanatyam (New Delhi), Shallu Jindal for Kuchipudi (New Delhi), Jayaprabha Menon for Mohiniattam (New Delhi), Vidha Lal for Kathak (New Delhi), Anita Sharma for Sattriya (Guwahati), Kottakkal Devadas for Kathakali (Kerala), Dr. Sohini Ray for Manipuri (USA), and Rupashree Mohapatra of Puri for Mahari (the temple ritual dance).
Dr. Vyjayanthimala Bali and The Dhananjayans were honored with the KALA RATNA by the organizing committee of Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, Brindavan (Mathura, UP) on 15th September 2013 on the inaugural day of the festival.
|Rasika Kumar and Eesha
Khare received the SWAMI VIVEKANANDA YOUNG
ACHIEVER AWARD at the Dharma & Yoga Fest at
Mission College, Santa Clara, CA, on September 14,
Washington Performing Arts Society in association with the Pola Nirenska Memorial Awards Committee presented the 2013 POLA NIRENSKA MEMORIAL AWARD for Outstanding Contribution to Dance to Daniel Phoenix Singh during the DC Metro Dance awards program at George Washington University’s Marvin Center on September 9, 2013. The Pola Nirenska Memorial Awards are given annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contributions, artistic excellence or potential, or devoted service to dance.
The GURU KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRA AWARD 2013 was given to renowned Odissi singer and composer Pt. Ghanashyam Panda and Mumbai based Odissi dance guru Shankar Behera for their service to Odishi art and cultural heritage of Odisha, on September 9, 2013 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar. The award contains a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each.
|The General Council of
Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of
music, dance and drama, New Delhi, at its meeting
held on 21 December 2012 selected 32 persons for
the USTAD BISMILLAH KHAN YUVA PURASKAR for 2011.
The award carries a purse of Rs. 25,000 besides a
tamrapatra and an angavastram. The awards were
given on September 7, 2013 in Delhi.
Dance: Meenakshi Srinivasan (Bharatanatyam), Namrata Pamnani (Kathak), Renjini KP (Kathakali), Gurumayum Chandan Devi (Manipuri), Kuravi Venkata Subrahmanya Prasad (Kuchipudi), Sonali Mohapatra (Odissi), Dilip Mahato (Chhau) and Sudha Raghuraman (music for dance)
Music: Jayateerth Mevundi (for Hindustani vocal), Satyajit S Talwalkar (Hindustani instrumental: Tabla), Srinibas Satapathy (Hindustani instrumental: Flute), Rahul Sharma (Hindustani instrumental: Santoor), Abhishek Raghuram (Carnatic vocal), Manda Anantha Krishna (Carnatic instrumental: Flute), Punya Srinivas (Carnatic instrumental: Veena) and H N Bhaskar (Carnatic instrumental: violin).
Theatre: Ramji Bali and S Murugaboopathy (Playwriting), Pravin Kumar, Shankar
Venkateswaran, Pabitra Rabha, and Rashi Bunny (Direction), Rayanti Rabha (Acting), and
Gautam Haldar (Allied Theatre Arts).
Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre & Puppetry: Pathan Parvez Ahmed Ali Khan (Folk Dance: Gujarat), Mahadev Das Baul (Folk Song: West Bengal), Mickma Tshering Lepcha (Lepcha Music: Sikkim), Geetanjali Sharma (Brij Folk Dance: Uttar Pradesh), Krishna Pandurang Musale (Folk Music: Maharashtra), Padi Parambil Rajeev (Kutiyattam: Kerala), Vidya Kolyur (Yakshagana: Karnataka) and Budhram Sori (Folk & Tribal Dance: Chhattisgarh).
|Parijat Desai from NYC
has been selected for a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar
grant to India, hosted in Ahmedabad by Darpana
Academy of Performing Arts and its dynamic
director Mallika Sarabhai. From Oct/Nov 2013, she
will teach contemporary dance at Darpana and at
the cutting-edge Gati Forum in Delhi.
On August 28, 2013 SRI GURUVAYOORAPPAN KALA PURASKARAM was awarded to Kuchipudi dancer Anupama Mohan at Sri Guruvayoorappan Temple, Kerala, for her contribution in promoting Kuchipudi dance.
|The Visakha Music and
Dance Academy honored Kathak maestro Birju Maharaj
with the title NATYA VIDYA BHARATI on August 10,
2013 during its annual festival of music, dance
and drama at Visakhapatnam.
Manipuri born playwright and theatre director Ratan Thiyam, director of Chorus Repertory Theatre, has been appointed as the Chairperson of the National School of Drama.
Leela Samson has been appointed as visiting Professor of Dance at Hope University, UK.
inaugural AUSTRALIA ARTS IN ASIA AWARDS the
Federal Arts Minister, Tony Bourke MP Minister for
Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and
Citizenship, Minister for the Arts honoured the
contribution that Annalouise Paul, Artistic
Director of Theatre of Rhythm and Dance, had made
to the positioning of its national arts product
within the Asian marketplace. Annalouise Paul
received the Dance Award for ‘Game On’ tour at
Interface Festival in India in September 2012 for
its innovation and excellence and outstanding
community engagement with Indian audiences.
Theatre of Rhythm and Dance presented its
innovative intercultural dance-music work ‘Game
On’ with Aria Award winner Bobby Singh and
contemporary dancer Miranda Wheen and is the first
Australian dance company to be invited to
Interface performing in Kolkata, New Delhi and
Bangalore. It is a light-hearted dance work
between an Australian dancer and an Indian
musician, exploring traditional and contemporary
values and deeper communication between cultures
using classical Indian tabla and western
contemporary dance languages.
Bharatanatyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind has been appointed as Director, Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai.
|On July 28, 2013 on the
inaugural evening of the 17th annual Bharatanatyam
festival Bhoopaala Bharatham, Natyarangam, the
dance wing of Narada Gana Sabha conferred the
following awards at its main auditorium in
Chennai: SUDHARANI RAGHUPATHY ENDOWMENT AWARD on
Karaikudi R Krishnamurthy (laya vidwan for dance),
OBUL REDDY AWARD FOR SENIOR DANCER on Parvathi
Ravi Ghantasala, VASANTHALAKSHMI NARASIMHACHARI
ENDOWMENT AWARD FOR TALENT PROMOTION on Divya
Shiva Sundar, SPECIAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE on DS
Aiyyelu (costume designing & tailoring).
Bala Devi Chandrashekar was recognized with the award NATYA KALA BHARATHI on July 19, 2013 for her contribution to Bharatanatyam by the Thanjavur Heritage Arts and Cultural Academy under the stewardship of the senior prince of Thanjavur. This was preceded by her performance of Uddhava Gita.
As part of the Yagnaraman July Fest 2013, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha’s YAGNARAMAN LIVING LEGEND AWARD was conferred on Kathak exponent Pt. Birju Maharaj on July 6, 2013 at the sabha’s auditorium, Chennai. The YAGNARAMAN AWARD OF EXCELLENCE was given to Tiruvarur Vaidhyanathan (mridangam), Embar S Kannan (violin) and Pavitra Srinivasan (Bharatanatyam).
Bharatanatyam dancer Sathyanarayana Raju was awarded Karnataka’s KEMPEGOWDA AWARD on June 29, 2013 at Bangalore.
Iyengar is the recipient of 2013 C.O.L.A
Fellowship awarded by the City of Los Angeles. She
is the choreographer and artistic director of
Rangoli Dance Company. The City of Los
Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has
awarded its 2013 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.)
Individual Artist Fellowships to eleven exemplary
mid-career international artists including nine
visual artists, a musician, and a choreographer.
The C.O.L.A. Individual Artists Fellowships are
awarded to honor a spectrum of the City’s most
creative artists who: dedicate themselves to an
ongoing body of excellent work; represent a
relevant progression through their pieces or
series; exemplify a generation of core ideas in
their field; garner respect from their peers; and
serve as role models for other artists. The 2013
C.O.L.A. performances co-sponsored and hosted by
Grand Performances took place on June 28, 2013 at
the California Plaza, Los Angeles, CA.
Celebrating 11 years, Naadhabrahmam conferred NAADA SEVAKA award on S Rajeswari (vocal), TK Padmanabhan (violin), Nellai D Kannan (mridangam) and NRITYA SEVIKA on Vijaya Mukundan (Bharatanatyam, Trichy) on June 17, 2013 at RK Swamy Hall, Chennai.
Krishnan (Artistic director of Toronto based
inDANCE and Professor of Dance at Wesleyan
University) was awarded the prestigious BESSIE
SCHOENBERG CHOREOGRAPHIC RESIDENCY by The Yard
(Martha’s Vineyard) where he created a new work
for 3 dancers from May 27-June 16. The other two
recipients of this award are Deborah Lohse and
Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj was the first International artiste to be awarded the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD by the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival on June 15, 2013 at Yerba Buena Center's Lam Theater, San Francisco.
Priyabrata Panigrahi, dancer-in-training at the Attakkalari Repertory and 2012 graduate of Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media has been selected to join P.A.R.T.S. Brussels for the three-year Performing Arts Training program. Out of over 1000 candidates who were called for the final audition, only 50 students were selected to join the program and Priyabrata is the only Indian.
(Violinist and teacher), Daniel Lanois (Record
producer, songwriter and musician), Jean Pierre
Lefebvre (Independent filmmaker), Viola Léger
(Actress and teacher), Eric Peterson (Actor and
arts advocate) and Menaka Thakkar (Dancer,
choreographer, artistic director, institution
builder and teacher) have been named the 2013
laureates of the PRESTIGIOUS GOVERNOR GENERAL’S
PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS (GGPAA) for Lifetime
Artistic Achievement. Laureate individuals are
honored for their outstanding body of work and
enduring contribution to the performing arts in
Canada. Each laureate received a cash award of
$25,000 contributed by the Canada Council for the
Arts and a commemorative medallion struck by the
Royal Canadian Mint.
In a career spanning 50 years, Menaka Thakkar, the founder of Nrtyakala Academy of Indian Dance (1972) and artistic director of Menaka Thakkar Dance Company (1978), has had a profound effect on the appreciation and popularity of dance from a diversity of cultures and her vision and dedication have paved the way for countless emerging Canadian dance artists and organizations.
On May 31, David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented the Awards at a special ceremony and reception at Rideau Hall, Ottawa.
|The Sangeet Natak
Akademi selected 36 persons from the fields of
music, dance, theatre and puppetry for the 2012
awards. The honour of Akademi Fellow carries a
purse of Rs. 3 lakh, while Akademi awards carry
Rs. 1 lakh, besides Tamrapatra and Angavastram.
The awards were given by the President of India,
Pranab Mukherjee on 28 May 2013 at a ceremony at
Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (Akademi Ratna): Percussionist T.H. Vinayakram, veteran playwright Ratan Thiyam and violinist N. Rajam.
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for dance: Priyadarsini Govind (Bharatanatyam), Vijay Shankar (Kathak), Vazhengada Vijayan (Kathakali), Vedantam Ramalinga Sastry (Kuchipudi), Sharmila Biswas (Odissi), Jai Narayan Samal (Chhau), Painkulam Damodara Chakyar (Koodiyattam), Jwala Prasad (Music for dance) and Aditi Mangaldas (Creative & Experimental dance).
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for music: Ilayaraja (creative and experimental music); Rajashekhar Mansur and Ajay Pohankar (Hindustani vocal music); Sabir Khan (tabla) and Bahauddin Dagar (Rudra Veena) for Hindustani Instrumental Music; O.S. Thyagarajan (Carnatic vocal music); Mysore M. Nagaraja (violin) and K.V. Prasad (mridangam) for Carnatic Instrumental Music; Bhai Balbir Singh Ragi (Gurbani) for other major traditions of music.
Overall Contribution/Scholarship in Performing Arts: Nandini Ramani and Arun Kakade
Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for Theatre: Tripurari Sharma and Waman Kendre for Direction, Arjun Deo Charan for Playwriting, Parvesh Sethi, Murari Roychoudhury for Theatre Music, Nirmal Rishi and Purisai Kannappa Sambandan for Acting, Ghulam Rasool Bhagat for Major Traditions of Theatre (Bhand Pather).
Folk/traditional/dance/tribal music/ theatre and puppetry: Goru Channabasappa for Folk Music (Karnataka), Kinaram Nath Oja for Suknani Ojapali (Assam), Prem Singh Dehati for Folk Theatre (Haryana), Sulochana Chavan for Lavani (Maharashtra), Mattannur Sankaran Kutty Marar for Thayambaka (Kerala), Govind Ram Nirmalkar for Nacha (Chhattisgarh), Heera Das Negi for Mask Making (Himachal Pradesh), Prafulla Karmakar for Traditional Puppetry (West Bengal).
|Kalasagar conferred the
KALASAGAR PURASKARAM 2013 constituted in memory of
legendary Kathakali maestro Kalamandalam
Krishnankutty Poduval on May 28, 2013 on the
occasion of the celebration of the maestro’s 89th
birth anniversary at Kerala Kalamandalam. The
awardees are: Kalamandalam Sreekumar (Kathakali
Vesham), Kottakkal Madhu (Sangeetham),
Kalamandalam Krishnadas (Chenda), Kalamandalam
Narayanan Nambeesan (Maddalam), Kottakkal
Balakrishnan (Chutty), Kalamandalam Mohanakrishnan
(Ottenthullal), Painkulam Narayana Chakyar
(Chakyarkoothu), Margi Madhu (Koodiyattam),
Kalamandalam Leelamma (Mohiniattam),
Kalamandalam Sujatha (Bharatanatyam), Porur
Unnikrishnan (Thayambaka), Kongad Madhu
(Panchavadyam Thimila), Pulapetta Balakrishnan
(Maddalam), Kakkayur Appukutta Marar (Edakka),
Panjal Velukutty (Thalam) and Machad Unni Nair
To commemorate T. Balasaraswati’s 95th birth anniversary celebrations, the Balasaraswati Institute of Performing Arts in association with Sri Krishna Gana Sabha presented the T. BALASARASWATI - SAMUEL H SCRIPPS AWARD FOR ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE 2013 to Bharatanatyam guru Adyar K Lakshman on May 17, 2013 at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai.
On May 6, 2013, SHRISTI NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR DANCE was conferred on Bharatanatyam dancer and TV personality Sudha Chandran by Dr. AV Sathyanarayana, Director of Shristi Center of Performing Arts and Institute of Dance Therapy, at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore. After having her right leg amputated following an accident in her teen years, she subsequently overcame her disability with the help of a prosthetic ‘Jaipur foot.’
observed centenary celebration of Thanjavur K.P.
Kittappa Pillai on May 5, 2013 at Karanthai Tamil
Sangam, Thanjavur. Bahadur Singh (Post Master
General, Central region, Trichy) released special
postal cover and centenary souvenir. Babaji Raja
Bhonsle received first copy of special postal
cover. Padmalochana Nagarajan, senior most
disciple of Kittappa Pillai, received first copy
of Centenary Souvenir. PS Sachu (Member-Secretary,
Tamilnadu Iyal Isai Nataka Sangam) released
publication THANJAI NALVAR NATYA ISAI SURANGAM and
first copy was received by Sudharani Raghupathy,
senior disciple of Kittappa Pillai. Artistes
felicitated were Guru Kalyanasundaram, Dr. Rama
Kausalya (Former Principal, Govt Music College,
Thiruvaiyyaru), Prof Sudharani Raghupathy, Nandini
Ramani, Dr. Selvaganapathy (Former Principal,
Raja’s College, Thiruvaiyyaru), AK Palanivel
(thavil exponent), S Ramanathan (Secretary,
Karanthai Tamil Sangam).
Pandit Birju Maharaj won the National Award for Best Choreography at the 60th National Film Awards for choreographing the song Unnai Kaanadhu Naan, which features Kamal Haasan performing Kathak in his multilingual film ‘Vishwaroopam. The award was given on May 3, 2013 by President Pranab Mukerjee.
Bharatanatyam dancer Pavitra Bhatt received the NRITYA GAURAV AWARD from the Akhil Bharatiya Sanskrutik Sangh, Pune, on April 29, 2013 on the occasion of World Dance Day for outstanding contribution as young performer and teacher.
Utsav Music conferred the title UTSAV NRITHYA RATNA on The Dhananjayans at the dance day celebrations on April 28, 2013 at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai.
The Andhra Pradesh government has conferred the HAMSA AWARD (Kalaratna) on Guru Voleti Rangamani (Abhinaya Darpana Arts Academy) on April 11, 2013 at Hyderabad for her outstanding contribution to Kuchipudi and temple ritual dances. She received the award from N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
At the 1st WOMEN'S PRERNA AWARDS (instituted by Lotus Refinery Oil’s Arun Kumar Sharma) which was held on April 9, 2013 in Mumbai, dignitaries from every sphere of life were felicitated with cash prize with Sitara Devi being the artiste honored in dance field.
Bharatanatyam artistes Badari Divya Bhushan & Anjana Bhushan were presented with the title NAATYA DRUMA PURASAKAR on 7th April 2013 by Kerala Sangeeth Natak Academy and Satyanjali School of Dance at the Regional Theatre, Thrissur.
|Dr. Kanak Rele
(Mohiniattam) and Saroja Vaidyanathan
(Bharatanatyam) were awarded the PADMA BHUSHAN on
April 5, 2013 by President Pranab Mukherjee at
Shri Tejas Foundation conferred the title NRITYAVID on Manipuri dancer Darshana Jhaveri for her lifelong dedication to Indian art & culture on March 30, 2013 at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Mumbai.
Janaki Rangarajan received the KALA RATHNA award from Bhairavi Fine Arts Society at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival on March 30, 2013.
received SANJUKTA PANIGRAHI SAMMAN from Roop Nagar
Maya Nagaree, Film Journalists and Social Cultural
Organization, at a function held on March 30, 2013
at Shaheed Nagar, Cuttack.
Lalitha Kalalayam Nambisan received Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi’s KALASHRI AWARD on March 27, 2013 from Kerala Cultural Minister K C Joseph at Kanakkunnu Palace, Thiruvananthapuram.
received the PRAVASI KALASHRI AWARD from Kerala
Sangeetha Nataka Akademi for her contribution in
the field of Mohiniattam on March 27, 2013 at
Kanakakunnu Palace, Thiruvananthapuram.
Rema Shrikant was awarded KALA SHRI by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi for dance on 27th March 2013 at a ceremony held at Kanakakkunu Kottaram, Thiruvananthapuram, by KC Joseph, the Cultural Minister of Kerala, in the presence of other dignitaries and awardees including Soorya Krishnamurthi, Chairman of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi.
|The Madras Craft
Foundation and Friends of Dakshina Chitra
presented the annual DAKSHINA CHITRA VIRUDHU for
lifetime achievement on March 23, 2013 at Dakshina
Chitra, Chennai, in recognition of the artiste’s
excellence in a folk art and his efforts in
sustaining and promoting the art form. This year’s
awardees are theyyam performer Lakshmanan
Peruvannan and Hari Krishnan, a puppeteer from
Salem. Apart from performing, Lakshmanan excels in
kalarippayyattu and in making the elaborate
costumes, head dresses and accessories required
for theyyam. Hari Krishnan organises folk
festivals all over the country.
|Guru Pankaj Charan
Odissi Research Foundation conferred MAHARI SAMMAN
2013 on Odissi dancer Jyoti Srivastav on March 19,
2013 at Bhubaneswar on the concluding day of the
19th Guru Pankaj Utsav.
Kiran Subramanyam received the NATYANJALI PRASHASTHI for his contributions to the field of Bharatanayam by Sri Natyanjali Academy, Mangalore, as part of the Purusha Festival 2013 on March 3, 2013 at Purabhavana, Mangalore.
Mallika Sarabhai was felicitated on Feb 22, 2013 with MAHARANA KUMBHA SANGEET PURASKAR, an award instituted by Maharana Kumbha Sangeet Parishad, Udaipur, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Indian classical dance, and carries a citation, a memento shawl and a cash award.
Geeta Chandran, founder-President of Natya Vriksha received the ART KARAT WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE AWARD on February 19, 2013 at Kamani Auditorium, Delhi, for her contribution in making Bharatanatyam relevant to audiences in the 21st century.
Rotary Club of Chennai Galaxy honored the Dhananjayans on February 5, 2013 with the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for cultural excellence at Chennai.
|Brilliant dancer Aditi
Mangaldas turns down
the National Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in
the category of Creative and Experimental Dance.
UK NATIONAL DANCE AWARD for the Best Male Dancer goes to Akram Khan. The 13th National Dance Awards winners were announced at The Place in London on 28th January 2013. The awards were decided by the 60 members of the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle after an extensive round of nominations and voting. To be eligible, performances had to take place in the UK between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012.
Sadguru Sri Thyagabrahma Aradhana Kainkarya Trust presented the first ever NATARAJA SAMMAN ceremony on January 19, 2013 at The Tamarind Tree, Bangalore. The awards were conferred on five legends from the world of classical dance for their unparalleled contribution in enriching the art form. The awardees are Dr. Vyjayantimala Bali: Bharatanatyam, Pt. Birju Maharaj: Kathak, Dr. Yamini Krishnamurti: Kuchipudi, Dr. Sonal Mansingh: Odissi, Bharati Shivaji: Mohiniattam. The award includes a cash purse of Rs.1,00,000.
|As part of its sixth annual award ceremony on January 14, 2013 at Tapovan Auditorium of Chinmaya Heritage Centre, Chennai, TAPAS Cultural Foundation conferred the title of VIDHYA TAPASVI on Mohiniattam dancer Gopika Varma for her contribution towards bhakthi oriented traditional natyam, NATYA BHAKTHI PRACHARA SAMMAN on dance exponents Shobhana Balachandra, Lakshmi Ramaswamy, Suryanaranayanamurthy, Induvadana Malli, Priya Murle, Kavitha Ramu, Mahalakshmi Ashwin and Radhika Vairavel.|
Prof. CV Chandrashekar was conferred the M.N. SUBRAMANIAN MEMORIAL AWARD at the Music Academy, Chennai, on January 13, 2013 by N Murali, president of the Academy.
Kathak dancer Alaknanda was honored with NRITYA SHIROMANI Award on January 8, 2013 at the 4th Cuttack Mahotsav in Cuttack, Odisha.
|On January 6, 2013,
Karur Naatyanjali festival conferred the title
MUTHIRAI PATHITHA VITHAGAR (Great Achiever) on the
Dhananjayans with cash prize of Rs.25,000, gold
medal and plaque of honour.
Department of Journalism and Communication, University of Madras, presented the VETRI AWARD to Bharatanatyam dancer Narthaki Nataraj on January 4, 3013 in Chennai, for her remarkable contribution for the empowerment of the marginalized community of Thirunangais through performing arts.
RUKMINI FELLOWSHIP AWARD 2013 instituted by Vitalspring Technologies (Washington DC) goes to the Dhananjayans. This was announced by Dr. Sridhar and Jyotsna Potarazu on January 2, 2013 at a special function in Chennai. The fellowship award carries a purse of Rupees two lakhs.
|The Music Academy’s
NATYA KALA ACHARYA AWARD for dance was conferred
on Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy on January 1, 2013
Guru V.P. Dhananjayan is appointed as the Regional Director (Honorary Post) for the NATIONAL LEGAL RIGHTS PROTECTION COUNCIL (NLPC-Delhi) for Tamilnadu and Kerala regions.
|Nilima Devi Menski, the founder and Artistic Director of the Centre for Indian Classical Dance (CICD) in Leicester, has been announced as recipient of an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2013 for her services to dance. The award has been granted in recognition of Nilima Devi’s sustained commitment to promoting Indian dance for British arts, multicultural education and community cohesion for over 30 years. The MBE is to be presented by the Queen at a special ceremony to be held at Buckingham Palace in London.|
Rhythmosaic senior student and Repertory member Prasanna Saikia is offered Six Month Intensive Full Scholarship, from January - June 2013 from Offjazz Dance Academy, Nice, France organized by Rhythmosaic Dance Company for training with Gianin Loringett and Martine Kassileniere, Directors, Offjazz Dance Academy. Prasanna was trained by Ronnie Shambik Ghose and Dr. Mitul Sengupta.