September 2017

The 10th KV SATHYANARAYANA EXCELLENCE AWARD was given to Kuchipudi dancer/guru Veena Murthy Vijay on Sept 26, 2017 at Eluru. The awardee received citation, silver crown, shawl and Rs.10,000.

Nitya Akhanda Nrittam, 27 hour of continuous Bharatanatyam performance, was held on 23rd and 24th September 2017 at Ganesa Natyalaya, New Delhi, for the celebration of Bharatanatyam Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan’s 80th birthday. On September 24, 2017, Ganesa Natayalaya was awarded the Record Breaking certificate by the Asia Book of  Records and the India Book of Records for the LONGEST BHARATANATAYAM DANCE MARATHON RELAY (27hrs 30 mins).

On 11 September 2017 at the ICCR Auditorium in New Delhi at an event organized by AKS, an initiative led by Odissi dancer/actress Dr. Chandana Raul, Delhi’s top dancers Madhavi Mudgal, Shovana Narayan, Geeta Mahalik, Ranjana Gauhar, Sharon Lowen, Prathibha Prahlad, Geeta Chandran and Nalini-Kamalini were honoured with the KABI SAMRAT UPENDRA BHANJA SAMMAN.  Santoor maestro Bhajan Sopori also received the award.

The 'NALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award 2017' carrying a purse of Rs.1 lakh each and citation, was presented to two eminent personalities Guru Dhruba Charan Biswal in the field of dance and Shyamamani Devi in the field of music. The 'NALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Pratibha Samman 2017' with a cash prize of Rs.25,000 each was presented to Lingaraj Pradhan (Bhubaneswar) and Namrata Mehta (Mumbai) for Odissi dance, Jyotsna Jagannathan (Bangalore) for Bharatanatyam and Jateen Kumar Sahoo (Mumbai) for Odissi music. The award ceremony took place on September 9, 2017 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.

The Government of West Bengal conferred on Kathak dancer and teacher Prof. Amita Dutt the SHIKSHA RATNA AWARD for 2017 for her outstanding contribution to higher education, on the occasion of Teacher's Day, on September 5, 2017 at Nazrul Mancha, Kolkata. The Award was given by Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal.

At the America Kuchipudi Dance Convention, gurus Rathna Kumar, Mrinalini Sadananda and Sumathi Kaushal were awarded as Pioneers of Kuchipudi in America on September 2, 2017 at Dr. Hamireddy Lakireddy Bhavan, Milpitas, CA

August 2017

Nan Melville won the Best Documentary Short Film award for her film ‘Nrityagram: For the Love of Dance’ at the Five Continents International Film Festival in Venezuela, in August 2017.

Dr. Sunil Kothari received the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from Ranjana Gauhar’s Utsav Odissi Dance Academy on August 17, 2017 at New Delhi.

On August 15, 2017 on the inaugural evening of Thyaga Bharatham festival by Natyarangam, honor for Bharatanatyam guru Radha Sridhar, SUDHARANI RAGHUPATHY ENDOWMENT AWARD to JB Sruthi Sagar (flute accompaniment for Bharatanatyam), OBUL REDDY ENDOWMENT AWARD for Bharatanatyam dancer Sathyanarayana Raju, VASANTHALAKSHMI - NARASIMHACHARI ENDOWMENT AWARD for Apoorva Jayaram (emerging talent), OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BHARATANATYAM to scholar and resource person Dr. Sudha Seshayyan, were given at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai.

July 2017

Nirbhaya Samaroh is an annual event hosted by the Honour for Women National Campaign to raise awareness on women’s 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 women’s 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 was 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 Akademi’s 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

June 2017

NAYIKA SAMMAN was conferred on Padmalaya Nanda and DR. SNEHA SAMANTRAY YUVA PRATIVA SAMMAN on Rajashree Mohapatra during the Nayika Odissi Dance Festival organized by Angaraga on June 15 & 16, 2017 at Bhanja Kala Mandap, Bhubaneswar.

May 2017

KALASAGAR AWARD 2017 in the field of traditional performing art form was presented  on the 93rd birth anniversary of its founder Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval, on 28 May 2017 at Regional Theatre, Trissur. The awardees are selected through nominations received from the art lovers. The minimum criteria for nomination is - the artistes should be between the ages of 40 and 70, should be well known performer/guru and a permanent resident within the state of Kerala.
Kathakali: Vesham/Actor - Ranjini Suresh, Pattu/Music - Nedumbully Ram Mohan,
Chenda/Percussion: Kalanilayam Kunjunni, Maddalam/Percussion - Kalamandalam Achutha Warrier, Chutty/Make-Up - Erur Manoj
Ottenthullal: Kaliyath Suresh, Chakyarkoothu -Rajaneesh Chakyar, Koodiyattam - Kapila Venu, Mohiniattam - Shyamala Surendran, Bharatanatyam - Sudha Peethambaran, Kuchipudi - Girija Chandran, Thayambaka -Manjeri Haridas
Panchavadyam: Thimila - Kongad Radhakrishnan, Maddalam- Kottakkal Ravi,
Edakka: Kavil Ajayan, Thalam - Parakkad Babu, Kombu - Cherpu Unnikrishnan

At the 5th gala de la diversité on May 25, 2017 at Montreal, Roger Sinha had the honor of receiving the trophy LYS FOR ARTS AND CULTURE for his work MoW! / Shown (olly) wood!  The Jury Grand Prize Mosaic recognized the contribution of Sinha Danse, which promotes inclusion and influence of diversity in all its forms. The gala is presented by National Bank in collaboration with Médiamosaïque, only news agency of diversity in Canada.

Raghunath Manet and Didier Bellocq’s documentary film ‘Dance of Shiva’ is selected as BEST SPIRITUAL DOCUMENTARY by AFI World Peace Initiative, supported by the United Nations. They received the award at the ‘World Peace & Tolerance’ reception on May 23, 2017 at the Majestic Hotel, during the Festival de Cannes.

AMG (Asian Media & Marketing Group) hosted the very first Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTA) last year on May 22, 2016 in the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre in London, and as part of its Alchemy Festival, the largest multi-arts festival of its kind focusing on South Asia. . For 2017, the finalists announced on May 22, 2017 are:
Aakash Odedra – nominated for excellence in Kathak and contemporary dance
Akram Khan – nominated for outstanding achievements in choreography
Shane Shambhu – nominated for excellence in bringing fresh, alternative perspectives to the creation of performances
Vidya Patel – Dance
Akram Khan, Anoushka Shankar

The second NRUTYA NAIVEDYA AWARD was presented to Odissi Guru Bichitrananda Swain on May 22, 2017 by Prawat Kumar Swain’s Nrutya Naivedya at Bhanja Mandap, Bhubaneswar.

The Balasaraswati Institute of Performing Arts conferred the BALASARASWATI/SCRIPPS AWARD on Dr. Sonal Mansingh on May 20, 2017 at Music Academy, Chennai.

On May 19, 2017 Akademi received the MOST ENTERPRISING CHARITY OF THE YEAR award at the Asian Voice Charity Awards in London. Along with this, Akademi’s director Mira Kaushik has been named as one of the top 100 most influential people in UK-India Relations by India Incorporated in conjunction with UK-India Awards. 

On the 43rd annual day of Ganesha Natyalalaya, its founder president Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan honoured Nalli Kuppuswamy, Guru Kalyanasundaram Pillai and Dr. Sunil Kothari for their services to dance with SHRESHTH KALA PRACHARAK AWARD on May 11, 2017 in New Delhi.

Bharatanatyam dancer Meera Sreenarayanan was conferred with NRITHYASREE AWARD by Dr. Divya Nedungadi’s Deeksha, Palakkad during their Dance and Music festival held on May 6, 2017 at Chembai Music College, Palakkad. The award has been instituted to recognise and encourage artistes below the age of 25 who have shown exemplary skill, dedication and performance in their chosen art form.

Utsav Music conferred UTSAV NRITHYA RATNA title on Bharatanatyam exponent Lakshmi Viswanathan on May 1, 2017 at Chennai during the World Dance Day celebration.

Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthi

Indira Rajan
ABHAI Annual Day was celebrated on May 1, 2017 at Rukmini Devi Kalai Arangam, Tamilnadu Eyal Isai Nataka Mandram, Chennai. The awardees for 2016 and 2017:
NATYAKALANIDHI: Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthi & Indira Rajan
GANDHARVA NIPUNA: Khandadevi Vijayaraghavan (violinist) &Veda Krishnan Ram (mridangist)
NARTHAKA NIPUNA: Deepak Majumdar & Sheejith Krishna
NRITHYAPERUNJYOTI: Radhika Shurjit (a new award from the year 2017 for female dancers above 45 years).

April 2017

On April 29, 2017 Natya Vriksha honored veteran critic/writer Shanta Serbjeet Singh in Delhi with the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD that carried a purse of Rs. 1 lakh.

Shrishti Center of Performing Arts and Institute of Dance Therapy headed by Dr. A.V. Satyanarayana, presented SHRISHTI NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for dance to Dr. Kanak Rele on April 28, 2017 at Bangalore.

Ranjana Gauhar’s Utsav conferred the annual UTSAV SAMMAN 2017 on gurus Saroja Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam, Delhi), Durga Charan Ranbir (Odissi, Bhubaneswar), Uma Dogra (Kathak, Mumbai) and Avinash Pasricha (Dance Photography, Delhi), for their outstanding contribution in the field of art and culture on April 28, 2017 at Kamani Auditorium, Delhi.

On April 21, 2017 Indira Manikam of Tanjai Kamalaa Indira Dance School, Malaysia, was awarded GURU K.P. KITTAPPA PILLAI MEMORIAL AWARD, by senior prince of Tanjavur, Babaji Rajah Bhonsle, during the Tanjavur Sri Brihadeeshwara Temple Brahmotsavam’s Chinna Melam Festival.

Prashant Shastry’s Naatyakalakshetra celebrates the 10th year of Nrithya Utsava festivals through the year with NRITHYA PRABHA awards given to senior gurus during the year. It was given to Guru Padmini Ravi in Jan, Kuchipudi Guru Madhava Peddi Murthy in Feb, and musician Shyamala Jagidar in March. Kathak guru Vijayashree Choudhary received it on April 21, 2017 at Mumbai.

Bharatanatyam dancer Urmila Sathyanarayanan received the OBUL REDDY GNANAMBAL AWARD for Lifetime Achievement from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai on April 16, 2017.

At the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival, the following awards were given on April 15, 2017:
Narthaki Nataraj: NRITHYA RATHNAKARA, Kishore Mosalikanti and Sujata Mohapatra: NRITHYA KALA SAGARAM, Sujata Srinivasan: NRITHYA KALA SEVA MANI, Pavitra Bhat: KALA RATHNA.

Among the Padma awards, only 2 dancers received the PADMA SHRI - 101 year old Chemanchery Kunhiraman Nair (Kathakali) and Aruna Mohanty (Odissi) - on April 13, 2017 at Delhi.

Kutiyattam performer Kapila Venu has been chosen for this year’s NATIONAL KUMAR GANDHARV AWARD of the cultural department of the Government of Madhya Pradesh. The award comprising a cash award of Rs. 1,25,000, a citation and a sculpture was awarded on the 8th of April 2017 at the Malhar Smriti Mandir in village of Devas in Madhya Pradesh which was Pandit Kumar Gandharv’s home for several years. This is the first time the award which was initially reserved for musicians is being given to a performing artiste of a different genre.

March 2017

Indo-British Intellectuals Forum and World Book of Records presented Mumbai based Bollywood choreographer Sandip Soparrkar with the INDO-BRITISH BALLROOM DANCE JEWEL AWARD 2017 for being the first Indian to promote Ballroom Dancing worldwide and his contributions in the field of dance and choreography. The certificate was given to Sandip on March 6, 2017 at the House of Commons in London.

On March 5, 2017 the NATYASHASTRA AWARD was conferred by Shambhavi School of Dance during its fourth edition of Kuchipudi seminar Nayika on Sumathy Kaushal, one of the senior gurus of Kuchipudi, at Seva Sadan, Bangalore.

February 2017

The Rotary Club of Madras Central honoured the Dhananjayans with Rotary award of FOR THE SAKE OF HONOR towards their immense contribution in the field of performing arts on February 27, 2017 at Chennai.

On February 19, 2017 the GURU KJ SARASA AWARD was conferred by Sarasalaya on dance violinist MV Sreenivas, at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai. 

Dr. Sunil Kothari and Leela Venkataraman received GURU GANGADHAR PRADHAN SMRUTI SAMMAN from Orissa Dance Academy at Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav on 6th February 2017, Bhubaneswar. 

January 2017

Shweta Venkatesh was awarded GOLD MEDAL and FIRST RANK in Masters Degree in Bharatanatyam from Bangalore University. Governor of Karnataka and Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University honoured her on 27th January 2017, at Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, Bangalore.

In recognition of 70 years of his service to the ritualistic Melattur Bhagavata Mela, Melattur S. Natarajan has been honoured with the KEREMANE SHIVARAMA HEGDE RASHTRIYA PURASKAR - 2016 on the inaugural day of Keremane Shambu Hegde Rashtriya Natyotsava-8, on January 26, 2017.

Bharati Shivaji received the NISHAGANDHI AWARD for her contribution to Mohiniattam on January 21, 2017 during the Nishagandhi dance festival at Thiruvananthapuram.

On this occasion of the 12th Drishti National Dance Festival, Bharatanatyam Guru Padmini Ravi, Bengaluru and Bala Devi Chandrashekar, New Jersey, received DRISHTI PURASKAR for their contribution to the field of dance, on January 21, 2017 at Chowdiah Hall, Bangalore.

SARNGADEVA SAMMAN was conferred by Mahagami on eminent theatre personality Ratan Thiyam during the Sarngadeva Samaroh at Aurangabad on January 20, 2017.

Geeta Chandran has been invited to be part of the Management Board -- as Honorary Member and Special Invitee -- to the Managing Committee of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the leading apex Indian Industry Chamber founded in 1905.

Guru Usha Datar was awarded the SRINIVAS KULKARNI AWARD in Davangere for her contributions to dance, on January 15, 2017.

Prof. CV Chandrasekhar received the NALANDA-BHARATA MUNI SAMMAN on January 14, 2017 at Mumbai during the Nalanda Nrityotsav.

Bharata Kalanjali’s founder Guru V.P. Dhananjayan received Alva’s Education Foundation’s VIRASAT AWARD 2016 on 13th January 2017 at Moodbidri, Dakshina Karnataka. The award comprises a citation and a cash award of rupees one lakh.

Dancers Sathyanarayana Raju and Poornima Ashok from Bangalore, Sheela Sridhar from Mysore, received the KARNATAKA KALASHREE AWARD for 2016 from Karnataka Sangeetha Nrithya Academy on January 10, 2017 at Bangalore.

Bala Devi Chandrashekar received the KALA RATNA AWARD from Kala Prakash, Varanasi, presented by Channulal Mishra, on Jan 8, 2017.

On January 3, 2017 Music Academy, Chennai, conferred NATYA KALA ACHARYA on Malavika Sarukkai. Mohiniattam dancer Methil Devika received award for the best dancer of the mid-year dance festival organised by the Academy.

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