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Mumbai’s Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha is one of the oldest and most prestigious cultural organizations in the country. Commemorating the golden jubilee year in 2002 they set up a national eminence award in Fine Arts. The award for 2020 is to be bestowed upon the Bharatanatyam couple The Dhananjayans with the title of SANGEETHA KALA VIBHUSHAN. The award function is scheduled to be held on 5th December 2020 on the inauguration of the Sabha's annual Art Festival. The award carries a citation, traditional Tanjavur bronze lamp, award memento and a purse for Rs.2.5 lakhs.

Apsaras Arts, Singapore, is a winner of THE STEWARDS OF SINGAPORE’S INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE AWARD, that aims to recognise practitioners (individual and groups) of intangible cultural heritage who are dedicated to the promotion and transmission of their practices, and have made outstanding contributions in their field. This award is conferred by the National Heritage Board. Each awardee will receive $5,000 in cash and be eligible to apply for a project grant of up to $20,000 to further fund their work. The winners were announced on June 4, 2020.


Dr. Subhashini Chandrasekharan, Kalaimamani awardee, Assistant Professor, Nattuvangam Department of Annamalai University, Chidambaram, passed away on June 4, 2020, aged 50. She was the third daughter-in-law of Tanjai Arunachalam Pillai, a senior student of Guru Indra Rajan and has accompanied Dr. Vyjayanthimala Bali on nattuvangam.
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Sitarist Pt. Partho Das passed away in Delhi at the age of 70 in early May 2020. He has played sitar in Satyajit Ray’s 1977 Hindi film Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Player) under Birju Maharaj. He was a professor at Sriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, was associated with Kathak Kendra, New Delhi and retired as a music teacher from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi. Partho Das has composed musical scores for the productions of Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Triveni Kala Sangam, Natya Ballet Centre, Natya Institute of Choreography and items for the Kathak Kendra. His score for the documentary ‘Manas, Chitrankan Evam Gayan’ was awarded the best composition of the year in the category of dance and music. He received ‘Sangeet Bhushan’ award (2017) for his outstanding contribution in the field of Indian classical music.

Mohiniattam dancer Sunanda Nair is to receive the GLOBAL MANNAM AWARD from the Nair Service Society of North America.  It will be awarded on July 4, 2020 during the global convention in New York as declared by Sunil Nair, the Chairperson for the convention. 

The Padma awards have been announced. The PADMA SHRI for dance goes to Shashadhar Acharya (Chhau), Indira PP Bora (Sattriya), Vajira Chitrasena (Kandyan dance, Srilanka) and Purushottam Dadheech (Kathak).

Sonal Mansingh, Jatin Goswami, K.Kalyanasundaram Pillai, Radha Sridhar, Pasumurthy Ramalinga Sastry, Parameswaran Kuttan Chakkiyar, Surupa Sen, Gopika Varma

The General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, New Delhi at its meeting held on 26 June 2019 at Guwahati, Assam unanimously elected  eminent personalities in the field of performing arts. The honour of Akademi Fellow carries a purse money of Rupees three lakh and Akademi Award carries Rupees one lakh besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.
Zakir Hussain, Sonal Mansingh, Jatin Goswami and K.Kalyanasundaram Pillai, for Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow.
The General Council also selected 44 artists from the field of Music, Dance, Theatre, Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre, Puppetry and Overall contribution/scholarship in the Performing Arts for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards  for the year 2018. These 44 artists include three joint awards.
Dance: nine eminent artists have been selected for the Akademi Awards 2018, namely, Radha Sridhar for Bharatanatyam, Ishira & Maulik Shah (Joint Award) for Kathak, Akham Lakshmi Devi for Manipuri, Pasumurthy Ramalinga Sastry for Kuchipudi, Surupa Sen for Odissi, Tankeswar Hazarika Borbayan for Sattriya, Gopika Varma for Mohiniattam, Tapan Kumar Pattanayak for Chhau, Deepak Mazumdar for Contemporary Dance.
Theatre: Bhagawat A.S.Nanjappa –Yakshagana, A.M.Parameswaran Kuttan Chakkiyar –Kutiyattam.
Folk, puppetry: Anupama Hoskere, Puppetry (String), Karnataka, Hem Chandra Goswami, Mask Making, Assam.
Overall Contribution/Scholarship in the Performing Arts: Diwan Singh Bajeli and Puru Dadhich

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