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Joan L Erdman
Joan L Erdman passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 2, 2021. Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Cultural Studies at Columbia College, Chicago and Associate, Committee on South Asian Studies, University of Chicago, Joan was part of those heydays of counter-culture in the 60’s when a range of young scholars devoted themselves to study of India in all her myriad manifestations. Her work focused on cultural policy and performing arts in India.
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Parvathy Baul receives the SHILPOKALA LALON SMAROK SAMMAN from Bangladesh Govt. (Oct 12, 2021)

Madurai R Muralidaran received the KARTIK AWARD OF EXCELLENCE 2021 for his service to the field of Bharatanatyam from Kartik Fine Arts on Sept 30, 2021 at Chennai.

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Bharatanatyam dancer NARTHAKI NATARAJ has been chosen as one of Femina’s FABULOUS 40 for 2021. She is the first trans-woman ever to be inducted into a government advisory committee.

See Chicago Dance has chosen Hema Rajagopalan as the 2021 LEGACY AWARD recipient. It is awarded to an artistic leader who has enriched their community and made a significant and sustained impact on dance in Chicago. She is the first Indian to receive the Legacy Award. The awards presentation & Community Celebration takes place on October 26, 2021 from 6pm at Joffrey Tower, Chicago.

Odissi dancer RAHUL ACHARYA receives the WORLD TOURISM DAY AWARD 2021 on Sept 27, 2021 in Bhubaneswar for his contribution to culture and heritage.

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts launched the book GITA GOVINDA: JAYADEVA’S DIVINE ODYSSEY by DR. UTPAL K. BANERJEE (Published by IGNCA) written in English verse, on Sept 7, 2021 in Delhi. It is the first ever fully rhymed translation of the great 12th-century poet Jayadeva.

The KARNATAKA KALASHREE AWARD for 2021 goes to D Keshava (based in Switzerland), Padmaja Suresh, Kamalaksha Achar, Vidya Ravishankar and Balasubramanya Sharma (vocal for dance).

The recipients of the 2021 DANCE MAGAZINE AWARDS includes AKRAM KHAN. A ceremony to recognize this year’s honorees will be held in New York City at the Guggenheim and simultaneously livestreamed on December 6, with performances and presentations for each recipient.

On Sept 9, 2021 on the final day of the 27th Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival presented by Srjan, the GURU KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRA AWARD  went to Binodini Devi for Theatre and GURU KELUCHARAN YUVA PRATIVA SAMMAN was given to Ramachandra Behera for Odissi music, Arushi Mudgal for Odissi dance.

Kathakali maestro Kalamandalam Keshavadev received the PATTIKKAMTHODI AWARD 2021, instituted by Kerala Kalamandalam in memory of revered Kathakali Guru  Pattikkamthodi Ravunni Menon on September 18, 2021. Keshavadev is renowned for his thaadi veshams. The award carries a purse of Rs 25,000 and a citation.

SIFF Young Artiste Festival 2020-21 announced the first season winners for the title of YOUNG ARTISTE OF THE YEAR on September 4, 2021 in a virtual event.  Tamish Pulappadi  (instrumental-guitar) from Bangalore, Akshita Singh Chouhan (vocal) from Ujjain and Janki DV  (Bharatanatyam - dance) from Udupi won the title in their respective sections. Winners from each segment bag Rs 1 lakh prize money.
Celebrating music and dance in the culmination of the competition in a Grand Finale, National Winner titles across categories were given a cash prize of Rs. 25,000 each. The winners include Ananya Gaur (Kathak) from Ujjain and Meghna Mishra (Odissi) from Rourkela.
Young Artiste 2020 is a national-level talent competition for school children across India. The Singhal Iyer Family Foundation (SIFF) is a Bangalore-based philanthropic organization.

The annual State Kathakali award, the Pallavoor Appu Marar Award and the Keraleeya Nritya Natya Puraskaram for the years 2019 and 2020 instituted by the State Government were awarded on August 31, 2021at the KT Muhammed Memorial Theatre at the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademi.  Kathakali master Vazhenkada Vijayan and Sadanam Balakrishnan received the 2019 and 2020 STATE KATHAKALI AWARDS while the PULLAVOOR APPU MARAR AWARD was presented to Machad Ramakrishnan Nair and Kazhakoot Aniyan Marar. V.P Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan were honored with the KERALEEYA NRITYA NATYA PURASKARAM for 2019. The award consists of a plaque and a purse of Rs 1.5 lakhs.

The Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University will be made into a Cultural University in a span of five years, says the Minister for Cultural Affairs, Saji Cherian.

Dr. I Wayan Dibia, from Denpasar, Bali, is to be awarded the Padma Shri. Bali's most influential Kecak dancer and scholar in the traditional Indonesian art form depicting chapters of the Ramayana, he heads his own dance company, GEOKS, acclaimed for its inventive dance creations.

PADMA SHRI for 2020: 70 year old Moozhikkal Pankajakshi, the only practitioner of Nokkuvidhya Pavakalli, a traditional puppetry art of Kerala

KARNATAKA KALASHREE, the State's highest honour for dance, to be awarded by Karnataka Sangeeta Nrithya Academy to MADHU NATARAJ and PRAVEEN KUMAR for their contributions to dance.

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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