All about Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

The Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, also called the Akademi Puraskar, is a prestigious honour presented by India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama. It’s the top recognition in India for those in the performing arts.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi Award was established in 1952 and is supported by the Sangeet Akademi. It recognizes excellence in the performing arts in India.In 2003, the award included Rs. 50,000, a certificate, a shawl, and a brass plaque. From 2009 onwards, the cash prize was raised to ₹1,00,000. These awards are given in music, dance, theatre, traditional arts, puppetry, and for outstanding contributions or scholarship in performing arts.

The award was created to protect and celebrate India’s rich cultural heritage, including its various music, dance, and theatre traditions. The General Council oversees the management of the Akademi. Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar Karaikudi was the first recipient of the Sahitya Natak Akademi award.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards and Fellowships are given to talented artists who have worked hard to protect and spread India’s diverse cultural traditions. By giving these awards, the Akademi not only praises their success but also makes sure that India’s artistic legacy stays strong and motivates upcoming artists.

Key Facts

1. Ministry: The Sangeet Natak Akademi operates independently under the Ministry of Culture.

2. Chairman: The President of India appoints the Chairman of the Akademi for a five-year term.

3. Management: The General Council oversees the management of the Akademi.

4. Mandate: The Akademi’s main goal is to safeguard, promote, and advance India’s varied performing arts traditions, encompassing classical, folk, and tribal forms.

5. Activities: The Akademi arranges festivals, seminars, workshops, and exhibitions to exhibit and honour India’s diverse cultural legacy. It also supports artists and scholars through scholarships, fellowships, and financial aid.

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