Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], March 10: Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, is an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Since its inception, the Akademi has been functioning as the apex body in the field of performing arts in the country, preserving and promoting the vast intangible heritage of India’s diverse culture expressed in forms of music, dance and drama. In furtherance of its objectives, the Akademi coordinates and collaborates with government and art academies of different States and Union Territories of the Union of India, as also with major cultural institutions in the country.
On Thursday, 23 February 2023, Smt. Droupadi Murmu, Hon’ble President of India, conferred the Sangeet Natak Fellowships (Akademi Ratna Sadasyata) on 09 eminent personalities and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puruskar) for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 on 128 illustrious personalities who have distinguished themselves through their eminence and contribution to their respective fields, in a special investiture ceremony at the Plenary Hall, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The Ceremony was attended by Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Hon’ble Minister of Culture and Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region, Government of India; Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon’ble Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Culture, Government of India; and Dr Sandhya Purecha, Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Sangeet Natak Akademi, in collaboration with UPASANA School of Performing Arts, Gujarat University, is organizing a Festival of Performing Arts, including lecture demonstrations and presentations, showcasing the exhaustive body of work composed by these stellar artists over a life-long commitment to their respective genres. The event is scheduled to be held at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, from 10 to 14 March 2023, which will feature recipients of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2020.
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