19th Kala Nadam Festival
Nov 23 - 25, 2018 Bangalore
October 29, 2018
Ashish Mohan Khokar’s Attendance (www.attendance-india.com) is India's only yearbook on dance, now in its 20th year. For past 7 years, 5 awards are given as industry benchmarks. The awards are alternative awards in dance, named after iconic dance names, each a master. The Attendance annual awards for this year will be given on November 25, 2018 at ADA Rangamandira, Bangalore.
RAM GOPAL AWARD FOR BEST MALE DANCER
Parshwanath Upadhye represents tradition in continuity, as it sits on a male body meant for Bharatanatyam. He continues to maintain purity of lines, without senseless innovation for innovation's sake. He is a connoisseur's delight and a critic’s light!
MOHAN KHOKAR DANCE ACADEMICS AWARD
Dr B.M.Sundaram represents lineage of music married to dance. He is scion of a reputed tavvil family and has taken to documentation of music and dance in a big way, reaching out nationally and internationally.
UDAY SHANKAR CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD
Daksha Sheth is a pioneer dancer-choreographer, who took the twin forms of Kathak and Kalari, far. Her total understanding of spectacle for stage makes her artistic statements path breaking. She is a genius of a dance-art creator.
RUKMINI DEVI SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO BHARATANATYAM AWARD
Guru Sucheta-Bhide Chapekar has taken forward the legacy of maverick guru Parvati Kumar further and made Marathi poetry as leitmotif of her brand of Bharatanatyam. She has the largest dance teaching franchise in Maharashtra.
MAYA RAO LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dr. Sonal Mansingh is a complete artiste, whose communication prowess reaches masses and the classes, making her a diva too. she mastered two divergent forms -Bharatanatyam and Orissi and is a path breaker, taking up causes that concern social, environmental and national causes.