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Sharon Lowen
On February 25, 2024 Kalanilayam presents the DR K VISWANATH GARI AWARD to Sharon Lowen at Hyderabad. Sharon considers it a privilege that the great director K. Viswanath selected her to play herself as inspiration for the heroine of ‘Swarnakamalam’ to value her own classical tradition.


 
Kala Krishna
Kuchipudi/Andhra Natyam Guru KALA KRISHNA received the Honorary Doctorate from Potti Sriramulu Telugu University.

 

Sujata Srinivasan
Sujata Srinivasan has been awarded the 2024 INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR CHOREOGRAPHY by the Ohio Arts Council. She shares this honor with six other outstanding choreographers, out of a pool of 500 applicants.



Natya Sampada school of dance
Natya Sampada school of dance presents KALAABHISAARIKE AWARD to Kalamandalam Usha Datar and Veena Murthy Vijay and NATYA SIRI AWARD to Dr. Sudharani and Manu Jagadish on February 17, 2024 at Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore.



20th Dhauli Mahotsav awards
On the concluding day of the 20th Dhauli Mahotsav, Odisha, on February 11, 2024, the BUDDHA SAMMAN 2024 was presented to Madhavi Mudgal for her lifetime contribution in the field of Odissi dance. GURU GANGADHAR SMRUTI SAMMAN 2024 was presented to Guru Simanchala Patro (Prahallad Natak), Pt. Debendra Narayan Satapathy (Hindustani classical vocal), Odissi Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, and Dr. Siddhartha Mohanty (General Medical Practitioner).



Sanatan Sangeet Sanskriti awards
Sanatan Sangeet Sanskriti awards the SANATAN SANGEET PURASKAR 2024 to Sudha Raghuraman (classical music) and Navina Jafa (classical dance), Vibha Galhotra (Visual Arts), Sudeep Sen (Literature), Aarti Gupta (Ideas) on 1st March 2024 at C. D. Deshmukh Auditorium, New Delhi.



Dr. Sadanam Harikumar
Dr. Sadanam Harikumar will be honoured with the title KALAA BHAASKARA on March 2, 2024 by Bharata Kalanjali during their Kathakali Festival in Chennai.



Sushma Mohan
Soorya Foundation for Performing Arts (Los Angeles-Atlanta) founded by Sushma Mohan, has been awarded ‘2024 GRANTS FOR ARTS PROJECTS’ by the National Endowment for the Arts. This grant was awarded under ‘Grants for Arts Projects - Folk & Traditional Arts’ category to support its annual Los Angeles Indian Dance Festival - LAIDF, featuring Indian classical dancers and dance companies. Two other Indian performing arts organizations in the US received 2024 grants from the NEA - Chhandayan (New York, NY) and Ragamala Dance (Minneapolis, MN).



Sarasa Natya Mala
Sarasalaya conferred the following awards on Feb 10, 2024 at the 12th Sarasa Natya Mala at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai.
SWAYAM PRAKASHA NARTAKA: Sathyanarayana Raju
NRITYA VIDYA RATNA: Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala
NRITYA SANGEETHA RATNA: Murali Parthasarathy
KJ SARASA MEMORIAL AWARD: S Janaki



Ustad Zakir Hussain
The first PANDIT BIRJU MAHARAJ SAMMAN was conferred by Kalashram on tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain on Feb 3, 2024 at Delhi’s Kamani auditorium.



Padma Awards 2024
The Union government on Jan 25, 2024 released the list of winners of the Padma Awards 2024, conferred by the Govt of India, to recognize exceptional contributions in various fields. The list comprises 5 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 110 Padma Shri Awards. 30 of the awardees are women. The list also includes 8 persons from the category of Foreigners / NRI / PIO / OCI and 9 Posthumous awardees.
- PADMA VIBHUSHAN 2024
Vyjayantimala Bali (Bharatanatyam, Chennai)
Padma Subrahmanyam (Bharata Nrityam, Chennai)
- PADMA SHRI 2024
PV Sadanam Balakrishnan (Kalluvazhi Kathakali, Kerala)
Anupama Hoskere (puppetry, Bangalore)
EP Narayanan (Theyyam, Kannur)
Gaddam Sammaiah (Chindu Yakshaganam, Telangana)
Omprakash Sharma (Mach folk theatre, Madhya Pradesh)
Nepal Chandra Sutradhar (Purulia Chhau, mask maker, W Bengal, posthumous)
M Badrappan (Valli Oyil Kumi, Tamilnadu)
Baghabat Padhan (Sabda Nrutya, Odisha)



D Keshava
To recognise the decades of cultural service in Switzerland by D Keshava’s Kalasri, their research project ‘48 YEARS OF DANCE STORY BETWEEN BASEL (SWITZERLAND) AND MYSORE (INDIA)’ is selected by the Basel City Cultural Dept. for 2024.



Sampad
Niti Pall is the newly elected Chair and Paresh Solanki as Vice-Chair to the board of UK based Sampad.



Nirupama and Rajendra
The convenors of the 2024 Natya Kala Conference of Krishna Gana Sabha are Kathak duo Nirupama and Rajendra of Bangalore.



The DR SUNIL KOTHARI AWARD FOR EMERGING ARTIST 2023 supported by Drishtikon invited submissions sent by artists, nominated by Gurus from different genres. These were sent to a prestigious international jury: Anand Bhatt (UK), Aravinth Kumarasamy (Singapore), Uttara Asha Coorlawala (USA), Samar Jodha, Sandhya Raman, Sanjoy Roy, Shveta Arora and Uma Dogra (India). Each jury member sent in their selection and the winners are:
First: Ivana Sarkar (Manipuri) / Grey Matters
Second: Sai Venkata Gangadhar (Kuchipudi) / Maro Prapancham
Third: Kalyani Sharda (Contemporary) / My Voice
Ivana Sarkar will receive a citation and a cash prize of INR 75,000.



Dr. Ayswaria Wariar
Vadodara based Mohiniattam dancer Dr. Ayswaria Wariar to receive the GUJARAT GAURAV PURASKAR 2018-2019 from the Gujarat Sangeet Natak Akademi, Dept of Sports, Youth and Culture, Govt. of Gujarat.



Kalamandalam Rajeev
Kalamandalam Rajeev (Mizhavu), Kalamandalam Sheeba Krishnakumar (dance), Bijula Balakrishnan (dance), Kalamandalam Radhamani (Thullal) to get the KERALA SANGEETHA NATAKA AKADEMI AWARD for 2022. Chenda/Edakka artiste Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan gets the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi fellowship.
Kalamandalam Kalluvazhi Vasu (Kathakali), Kalanilayam Kunjunni (Kathakali), Kavadiyar Suresh (dance drama) will get the GURUPUJA PURASKARAM.



SHANTALA AWARD
Bharatanatyam Guru M.R. Krishnamurthy (for 2020-2021) and Kuchipudi dancer Sunanda Devi (for 2021-2022) are to be honored with the SHANTALA AWARD by the Karnataka government later in the year.


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