Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships & Awards

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Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships:

The Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship or ‘Akademi Ratna Sadasya’ is the most prestigious and rare honour and is restricted to 40 individuals at any given time. The fellowship was established in 1954 and the first elected fellows were Carnatic music vocalist Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Veena player Karaikudi Sambasiva Aiyer, and film and theatre actor Prithviraj Kapoor. Till date the Akademi has honoured 153 eminent personalities as Akademi Fellows (Akademi Ratna).

The Akademi Fellowship carries purse money of Rs. 3 lakhs, a Tamrapatra and an Angavastram.

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships 2023:

The general council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi has unanimously elected six eminent personalities from the field of performing arts as Akademi Fellows (Akademi Ratna). These personalities are Vinayak Khedekar, R. Visweswaran, Sunayana Hazarilal, Raja & Radha Reddy, Dulal Roy and D.P. Sinha.


Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards:

Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards are being conferred since 1952 and represent the nation’s highest achievement in music, dance and drama. The Awards in Hindustani and Carnatic music were instituted as early as 1951, even before the Akademi was set up and these were known as Presidential Awards. With the formation of the Akademi, the Awards came to be known as Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards, and the investiture became the responsibility of the Akademi. The Presidential Awards for 1952 and 1953 were subsequently incorporated in the list of Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards. The Akademi Awards carries purse money of Rs 1.00 lakh in cash, a Tamrapatra and an Angavastram.

Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2023:

The General Council also selected 92 personalities from the fields of music, dance, theatre, traditional/folk/tribal music, puppetry and for their overall contribution to performing arts for the Sangeet Natak Akademi award (Akademi Puraskar) for the years 2022 and 2023.


Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar:

Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar is conferred upon artists below the age of 40 years with the objective of identifying and encouraging outstanding young talents in diverse fields of performing arts and giving them national recognition early in their life, so that they may work with greater commitment and dedication in their chosen fields.

Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar carries a purse of Rs 25,000, along with a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.

Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2023:

The General Council of the Akademi selected 80 young artistes for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the years 2022 and 2023.



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