May 2019




Kalasagar celebrated the 95th birth anniversary of chenda maestro Kalamandalam  Krishnankutty Poduval titled ORU PIRANALINTE ORMAKAYI on May 28, 2019 by presenting the KALASAGAR AWARDS 2019 to artistes aged between 40 to 70, at Kalikotta Palace, Palakkad.
Kathakali: Vesham/Actor - Dr. Haripriya Namboodiri, Pattu/Music- Kalamandalam Rajendran,
Chenda - Gopikrishnan Thampuran, Maddalam: Biju Aattupuram, Chutty/Makeup - Kalamandalam Raju John
Ottenthullal: Maruthuvorvattam Kannan, Chakyarkoothu: Margi Sajeev Narayanan
Koodiyattam (Mizhavu): PK Unnikrishnan Nambiar, Mohiniattam: Kalamandalam Ambika,
Bharatanatyam: Dr. D Beena, Kuchipudi: Sreelakshmi Govardhanan, Thayambaka: Kalpathi Balakrishnan
Panchavadyam: Thimila - Chottanikkara Subhas Marar, Maddalam - Chottanikkara Surendra Marar,  Edakka - Kavil Unnikrishna Warrier, Thalam - Peruvanam Muraly, Kombu - Machadu Padmakumar




Sandip Soparrkar received the DADASAHEB PHALKE FILM FOUNDATION AWARD on May 12, 2019 for setting the trend of international Latin American and ballroom dancing in India. This award is recognized by the federation of Cine Artist Association.




Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala was honored with the VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD instituted by the Rotary Club Kilpauk, on 9th May 2019 at Chennai.




On 4th May 2019, Puthumana Govindan Namboothiri, eminent exponent of Thidambu Nritham dance received the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for his outstanding contribution to temple dance. The honor was received from Alampady Padmanabha Thanthri during a function ‘Aadarshanidarshana’ to honor the artist held at Pulloor Sree Mahavishnu Temple in Kasaragod in Kerala



April 2019


Utsav Educational & Cultural Society presented the UTSAV SAMMAN to Shashadhar Acharya (Chhau), Kamalini - Nalini (Kathak) and Saroj Mohanty (Odissi music-vocal) on April 30, 2019 at Triveni Kala Sangam during its Su-Tarang Festival.




Natya Tarangini Hyderabad presented the WORLD DANCE DAY AWARD to Annabhattula sisters Lakshmi Mangataayaar and Leela Sai for their contribution to Kuchipudi’s traditional theatre form, on April 29, 2019.



On its 31st anniversary, ABHAI (Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India) presented NATYA KALANIDHI award to Dr. Sonal Mansingh, NRITYA PERUNJOTI to Dr. Jayashree Rajagopalan, NARTHAKA NIPUNA award to PT Narendran and GANDHARVA NIPUNA award to Girija Ramaswamy at Narada Gana Sabha on April 27, 2019, Chennai.




Photographer Deepak R was awarded YUVA KALA SADHAKA for classical dance photography by Sphurana Nritya Kala Kendra, on 26th April 2019 at Sevasadan, Bangalore.



On April 19, 2019 Dr Raja Reddy & Dr. Radha Reddy received the HANUMANT AWARD 2019 at the Hanuman Jayanti Mahotsav, Bhavnagar, Gujarat.




Preeti Vasudevan has been awarded the highly coveted 2019 VIRGINIA B. TOULMIN AWARD for Women Leaders in Dance. Joined by three other ground-breaking choreographers, Preeti has been re-invited by The Center for Ballet and the Arts, NYU this year to begin her new work, L'Oriente. It is a new multi-disciplinary choreographic work that seeks to explore the possibilities that emerge when Western ballet with Opera and classical Bharatanatyam with Carnatic Indian music are juxtaposed and intertwined.



Winners of the AMERICAN NATYA IDOL competition conducted by Soorya Performing Arts in April 2019 at St. Louis, MO.
Group 1: Shrinidhi Sairam (1st Prize), Tanujha Manikandan (2nd Prize), Shreenidhi Senthilnathan (3rd Prize)
Group 2: Sweta Balaji (1st Prize), Rithika Iyengar (2nd Prize), Sriya Pokala (3rd Prize)
Group 3: Samanvita Kasthuri (1st Prize), Shadhvika Nandhakumar (2nd Prize), Shilpa Repala (3rd Prize)


March 2019



Farooq Chaudhry, co-founder and producer of the Akram Khan Company, has been made OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to dance and dance production.




Shanta Dhananjayan was honoured with a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD by Raindrops Cultural Association, on March 23, 2019 at Rani Seethai Hall, Chennai.




The PADMA SHRI award for 2019 were given in the second week of March 2019 in New Delhi by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind to Narthaki Nataraj (Bharatanatyam), Milena Salvini (Kathakali) and Prabhu Deva.
Full list: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/padma-awards-2019-announced-full-list-awardees-95673




Kathak Guru Pratap Pawar received his MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to dance, culture and community cohesion on March 19, 2019 at Buckingham Palace from Prince William. Kathak dancer Sujata Banerjee, founder of Sujata Banerjee Dance Company, received the MBE from Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace on Feb 13, 2019 for services to dance.




Chitra Arvind received BEST PERFORMER AWARD in Bharat Nritya Utsav on March 10, 2019 from Dr. Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetty, President of Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, at Chennai.




At the sixth edition of Nayika symposium and dance festival hosted by Shambhavi School of Dance, the NATYASASTRA AWARD was given to Guru Radha Sridhar for her continued contributions to Bharatanatyam, on March 10, 2019 at Bangalore.




Kathak dancer Seema Mehta, disciple of Pt Chitresh Das, was awarded NARI SHAKTI PURASKAR by the President of India on 8th March 2019, in recognition of her work to empower women through Kathak.




Usha Raghavan, Bharatanatyam artist, Director, Kalasagara UK was honored in London on March 7, 2019 with SHE INSPIRES AWARD 2019 for Bright Artist - Promoting Art and Culture - by IIW (Inspiring Indian Women) Global, supported by Indo British All Party Parliamentary Group. The event was hosted by the honorable MP Bob Blackman



Over 7,000 Bharatanatyam dancers set a world record for the maximum number of people performing the classical dance form at the Natyanjali festival in Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram on March 3, 2019.
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Dr. Vasundhara Doraswamy was conferred the SINGARA KALA RATHNA by Singapore Kannada Sanga for her yeomen Service to Bharatanatyam on 3rd March 2019. 


February 2019


The SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI AWARD for 2017 were given on Feb 6, 2019.
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), Tadepalli Satyanarayana Sarma (Other Major Traditions of Theatre - Yakshagana)
The honour of Akademi Award carries Rs one lakh purse money, besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.




Chennai based Bharatanatyam dancer and guru Chinnamanur J. Krishna Kumar received  SWARNA KAMAL NATIONAL AWARD from  Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam (Rajyasabha M.P.), Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, at A.P.Shinde Auditorium, New Delhi on 2nd February 2019 organised by the World Divine Conclave 2019



Nrutya Shabda Essay Writing Competition's winners:
- Senior category:
1st - Bhagyashree Prabhdesai (Topic: Natya Shastra: an overview)
2nd - Charanya Gurusathya (Topic: Guru Shishya Parampara and today's pedagogy of dance)
Judged by a renowned Bharatanatyam dancer and Guru Dr. Swati Datar.
- Junior category:
1st - Archis Kulkarni (Topic: Social Media and Dance)
2nd - Pallavi Shidhaye (Topic: Aaharya Abhinaya)
Judged by Abhijit Thite - journalist, Editor of Maharashtra Times newspaper, Indologist, writer & poet.


January 2019

 

Kathak dancer Nandini K Mehta received the KARNATAKA KALASHRI AWARD on January 29, 2019 at Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore. 




Kathak dancer Dr. Malini Ranganathan, living in Nantes, France, was conferred the PRAVASI BHARATIYA SAMMAN AWARD on 23rd January 2019 in Varanasi by the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind for creating awareness about Indian culture and heritage among the French people particularly in Nantes where she lives.




The Dhananjayans received the NALANDA BHARATA MUNI SAMMAN from Dr. Kanak Rele's Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Mumbai, for 2018 on January 13, 2019 during NDRC'S Annual Natya Festival at Kalaangan, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Mumbai.  The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each.




The Music Academy Madras honored Bharatanatyam Guru Shanta Dhananjayan with the NRITYA KALANIDHI AWARD for dance on January 3, 2019 at the inauguration of the dance festival. Guru VP Dhananjayan received the equivalent award 'Sangeeta Kala Acharya' from the Academy on 4th January 2005.





Rama Vaidyanathan is the next convenor of Chennai’s Sri Krishna Gana Sabha’s Natya Kala Conference in 2019 and 2020.






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