Akademi honours 30 young artists

March 3rd, 2008 - 10:31 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) Renowned Kuchipudi dancers Raja and Radha Reddy’s daughter Yamini is among the 30 young Indian artists who will be honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s award for making a mark in the field of performing arts. Apart from Yamini, eight other dancers, including Sharvari Ashok Jamenis (Kathak) and C. Lavanya Ananth (Bharatanatyam), will be awarded.

Sohini Sengupta, Rajinder Sharma “Nanu” and Anoop Trivedi are among the eight who will be recognised for their work in the field of theatre.

Eight musicians, including Sandeep Harish Deshmukh and Meeta Pandit for Hindustani vocal and Sikkil C. Gurucharan for Carnatic vocal, will be honoured for their contributions to the field.

The award carries a cash award of Rs.25,000.

The Akademi, the apex state-run organisation for music, dance and drama in the country, Monday announced the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2007 to honour artists below the age of 35 for their contributions.

Named after late Shehnai player Ustad Bismillah Khan, who was honoured with the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, the Akademi instituted the awards in 2006 with the aim of identifying and encouraging outstanding young talents in diverse fields of performing arts.

The award also seeks to give young artists national recognition so that they may work with greater commitment and dedication in their chosen fields.

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