of India Lifetime Award to Guru M K Saroja
On May 22, 2008, Bharatanatyam guru M K Saroja received the Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by Legends of India from the Lt. Governor of Delhi at a serene ceremony in the Ballroom of The Park, Parliament Street. Girija Devi received it for Music. Lalit Mansingh, Former Ambassador to the USA and Foreign Sect., K P S Deo, former Defence Minister and MP, Varsha Das and the organizer Dipayan Mazumdar were present.
and art-lovers like singer Shanno Khurana, dancers Raja and Radha Reddy,
Jayarama Rao and Vanashree Rao, Ambika Paniker, Pratibha Prahlad etc.,
were present. Critics Leela Venkatraman, Sunil Kothari, Ranjit Sahaya,
and many from the mainstream press were present too.
To do his bit
to help initiate a gradual change in people's mindset by promoting India's
rich traditional art forms, Dipayan Mazumdar conceptualized and put together
Legends of India. Legends of India is now a registered society under 'Societies
Registration act XXI', of 1860's with a mandate to not only organize annual
festivals and other events but also undertake research and document for
posterity the origins and subtle nuances and changes that the Indian art
forms have undergone through centuries. From organizing live performances
of renowned artists, to providing a forum for the younger talent, Legend
of India is a unique institution bringing together living legends and those
in the making.