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RASHESWAR SAIKIA BARBAYAN SATTRIYA AWARD ceremony (14th edition) for 2020 and 2022 will take place on 8th of July, at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, Guwahati.  For 2022, eminent art scholar Dr. Pradip Jyoti Mahanta and Sattriya exponent Sharodi Saikia will be conferred the award. The awardees for 2020 are eminent art critic Dr. Nita Vidyarthi, Manipuri dance exponent Kalavati Devi and Vaishnavite saint of Sri Sri Mul Kamalabari Sattra, Sonaram Sarma Burhabhakat.

‘MUTHULAKSHMI REDDY: A TRAILBLAZER IN SURGERY AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS,’ a biography authored by V.R. DEVIKA and published by Niyogi Books is to be released on July 2, 2022 at Kalakshetra, Chennai.

‘BREAKING FREE’ is a novel by VAASANTHI published by Harper Perennial India about the varied and turbulent world of devadasis, bringing the complexities of their history to life. The English translation is by N. Kalyan Raman.

Donovan Roebert’s book ‘WESTERN TEXTS ON INDIAN DANCE - AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE FROM 1298-1930’ contains more than 250 large extracts from a variety of writers and commentators on dance throughout India for the period indicated. It also has a postscript with relevant texts from 1930 to 1947, when the temple and public dancers were outlawed. Many of the texts presented have been translated from the original German, Dutch, and French sources, and that, too, makes available writings that would usually be inaccessible to readers not familiar with these languages.

In 1981, RAMYA HARISHANKAR and her husband HARISH MURTHY moved from Chennai to Irvine, CA. Since their early days in Irvine, with the support of the community, they have organized performances, festivals, symposiums featuring local, national, and international artistes, collaborating with local presenters, universities, and community organizations.  Ramya and Harish were recognized as ‘Distinguished citizens’ with a plaque on Irvine’s Wall of Recognition on June 14, 2022. Since its inception in 2006, more than 400 individuals and organizations have been included on the Wall.

G Ulaganathan
Editor / writer / Professor / dance and film critic, G Ulaganathan passed away at 1:15am on June 23, 2022 after a massive cardiac arrest. He was a former News Editor in Deccan Herald and Indian Express, Adjunct faculty, visiting Professor at Symbiosis School of Media & Communication, Bengaluru, and Member, Board of Studies, School of Media Studies at Pondicherry Central University. He was a regular contributor to Our heartfelt condolences to his family, near and dear ones.

Veteran guru of Bharatanatyam, M.K.SAROJA KHOKAR passed away peacefully on June 13, 2022 at home in Bangalore. She was 92.  She was a benchmark in Bharatanatyam of Vidwan Muthukumaran Pillai bani of Kattumunarkoil.
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Remembering M.K. Saroja, who put Bharatanatyam on the global stage
- S Sahaya Ranjit
Madras Kadiravelu Saroja died on June 13 after decades of pioneering contribution to Indian classical dance.

Kumudini Lakhia
Veteran Kathak Guru Kumudini Lakhia is honoured with the GURU GOPINATH NATIONAL AWARD from the Government of Kerala.

Sarasalaya Chennai presented the KJ SARASA MEMORIAL AWARD to DV Kanakadurga (vocalist for Bharatanatyam & Kuchipudi), Dr.Ananda Shankar Jayant and Kuttalam M Selvan (nattuvanar) on June 17, 2022 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai.

Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan
The Bharatanatyam duo Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan received the NAATYA SELVAM award on June 6, 2022 from Muthamizh Peravai Arakattalai (founded by Kalaignar Karunanidhi, erstwhile Chief Minister of Tamilnadu) at the inauguration of its 41st annual music festival in Chennai.

Sanjeevini Dutta
Kadam director and Pulse editor Sanjeevini Dutta has been awarded an MBE (Members of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's birthday honours of 2022. Sanjeevini has led the Luton-based company for three decades.

The Music Academy Madras has announced its Nritya Kalanidhis for three years
2021 - Rama Vaidyanathan
2022 - Narthaki Nataraj
2023 - Bragha Bessel

The following annual awards were given by ABHAI on June 12, 2022 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai.
For 2021: NATYA KALANIDHI - Chitra Visweswaran, NRITYA PERUNJOTHI - Geeta Chandran, GANDHARVA NIPUNA - Saraswati Sankaranarayanan, NARTAKA NIPUNA - V Balagurunathan, Special achievement award NATYA SAADHANAI CHEMMAL - Madurai R Muralidharan
For 2022: NATYA KALANIDHI - Lakshmi Vishwanathan, NRITYA PERUNJOTHI – Uma Anand / Rangashree Srinivas, GANDHARVA NIPUNA – K Hariprasad, NARTAKA NIPUNA – Chinnamannur J Krishnakumar / Aniruddha Knight, Special award in folk arts NAATAAR KALAI KON – Purisai K Sambandham

Belgian and Moroccan choreographer, dancer, and director SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI is the recipient of the 2022 JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE AWARD. Cherkaoui received this award and presented a new work at the season-opening Gala on June 18, 2022.

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