Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards and Fellowships

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Recent News
Vice-President of India conferred Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit Awards
16th September 2023
Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
Part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav
Honored 84 artists above 75 years without prior national honour
Akademi Fellowships and Awards announced for 2022 & 2023
Announcement made on 28th February 2024
Akademi Fellows (Akademi Ratna)
Six eminent personalities elected
Prestigious and rare honour, limited to 40 at any time
Fellowship purse
Rs. 3,00,000, Tamrapatra, and Angavastram
Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar)
92 artists selected across various performing arts
Award purse
Rs. 1,00,000, Tamrapatra, and Angavastram
Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar
80 young artists selected for 2022 & 2023
Award purse
Rs. 25,000, Tamrapatra, and Angavastram
Fields covered
Music, Dance, Theatre, Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre, Puppetry, Overall contribution/scholarship
Awards to be conferred by Hon’ble President of India in a special ceremony
Announcements made for years 2022 & 2023
To honour contributions in the field of performing arts in India
Fellowship purse and awards details provided
Categories detailed
New Delhi, India
Vice-President of India, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar
Minister of State for Culture and External Affairs, Smt. Meenakashi Lekhi
Artists honoured include
Raghubir Malik, Dina Nath Mishra, Gowri Kuppuswamy, Anasuya Kulkarni, Lalitha Srinivasan, Vilasini Devi Krishnapillai, Smita Shastri, Kumkum Lal, Mahabir Nayak, Harishchandra Prabhakar Borkar, Dharmeswar Nath
Recipients selected by the Akademi’s General Council
Recognizes sustained individual work and contribution
Promotes India's glorious cultural heritage globally
Supports and nurtures artists in a structured manner
Way Forward
Continued promotion and support for performing arts

The Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards and Fellowships represent the highest form of recognition in the field of performing arts in India, including music, dance, and theatre. These accolades are awarded by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance, and Drama, which was set up in 1953. The awards aim to honor the exceptional contributions of artists to the cultural heritage of India. The Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) are conferred upon distinguished individuals for their lifetime achievements and are limited to 40 living recipients at any given time, while the Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) recognize excellence in the performing arts. Additionally, the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar is awarded to young artists to encourage their talent in the field of performing arts. These awards and fellowships not only celebrate the artists’ individual contributions but also aim to inspire future generations to preserve and promote India’s diverse cultural traditions​​​​.

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