award for Sohini Ray
The Lestor Horton Award honors excellence in live concert dance in Los Angeles and are given in several categories – male solo, female solo, outstanding performance of company, choreography (short form and long form), music, costume design, set design, lighting design and world dance.
the Academy awards in film and Grammy awards in music – it is done in a
two-step process – nomination by vote of members and final selection by
the jury. The awards are announced in a ceremony in April-May of the following
year, again similar to the Academies and the Grammies.
classical Indian dancers in Los Angeles, Horton nominees have included
Malathi Iyengar and Amrapali Ambegaonkar. The only Indian dancer to have
won it in the past is Ramaa Bharadvaj. The debut production of Manipuri
Dance Visions Ensemble 'Harao-Kummei: Joyful Celebrations in Manipuri Dance'
was nominated in 2007. Their second production 'Gita Govinda' won
it in 2008.