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Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

Focus: GS-1: History, Art and Culture

Why in News?

The General Council of Sangeet Natak Akademi unanimously elected six (6) eminent personalities in the field of performing arts as Akademi Fellows (Akademi Ratna). 

  • The Fellowship of the Akademi is a most prestigious and rare honour, which is restricted to 40 at any given time.
  • It also selected 92 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 years 2022 & 2023.  
  • Around 80 young artists were selected for Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the years 2022 and 2023.

About Sangeet Natak Akademi:

  • Sangeet Natak Akademi is the apex body in the field of performing arts in the country set up in 1953 .
  • It is an autonomous body of the Ministry of Culture.
  • Purpose:
    • For the preservation and promotion of the vast intangible heritage of India’s diverse culture expressed in forms of music, dance and drama.
  • Chairman:
    • The Chairman of the Akademi is appointed by the President of India for a term of five years.
  • Awards:
    • Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards:
      • These are the highest national recognition conferred on practising artists.
      • The Akademi Awards have been conferred since 1952.
      • These honours not only symbolize the highest standard of excellence and achievement, but also recognize sustained individual work and contribution.
      • The honour of Akademi Award carries a purse money of Rs. 1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh), besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.
      • The Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Awards will be conferred by the President of India
    • The Akademi also confers Fellowships on eminent artists and scholars of music, dance and drama.
      • The honour of Akademi Fellow carries a purse money of Rs.3, 00, 000/- (Rupees three lakhs)
    • Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar:
      • It is an annual Indian award given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi to outstanding artists under 40 who have demonstrated talent in the fields of music, dance and drama.
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi also works with international organizations like UNESCO to preserve India’s cultural legacy.

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