Guwahati: Four artistes from Assam have been conferred with the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards and Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Awards 2018 for their contribution in various fields of performing arts under music, dance, theatre, traditional/folk/tribal music/dance/theatre, puppetry and overall contribution announced by the general council of Sangeet Natak Akademi on Wednesday.
Prominent dancer, choreographer and well-known Sattriya exponent Jatin Goswami from Dergaon Adhar Satra in Assam’s Golaghat district has been selected for the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow or Akademi Ratna awards by the national performing arts academy for the year 2018.
The National academy awards in the respective fields of performing arts, officially announced on July 17, will be conferred to the achievers by the President of India in an event organised at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the national capital. However, the date of the award-conferring ceremony is not yet confirmed by the authorities.
Dance drama performance exponent Tankeshwar Hazarika Borbayan from Assam was awarded with the prestigious award in the dance category for his achievements and contribution in the traditional Sattriya dance from Assam.
On the other hand, eminent mask artist Hem Chandra Goswami from Assam’s Island district Majuli was conferred with the prestigious award in the traditional/folk/tribal music/dance/theatre, puppetry category of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution and achievement in mask-making skills of state.
Meanwhile, outstanding Sattriya dancer Anjali Borbora from Assam’s Jorhat district was awarded with the esteemed Ustan Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award 2018 by the Sangeet Natak Akademi in the dance category for her extensive contribution to the traditional and most celebrated Sattriya dance of the state.
Meanwhile, well-known Sattriya artiste Manoj Kumar Das from Barpeta district of state was conferred with the esteemed Ustan Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award 2018 in the traditional/folk/tribal music/dance/theatre, puppetry category of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his sizable contribution and achievement as a ‘khol’ artiste in the state.
Meanwhile,, bringing laurels to Mizoram, prominent Indian scholar, playwright and Mizo literature poet Laltluangliana Khiangte was also conferred with the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2018 in the field of theatre for his excellent contribution in playwright.
The general council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi in a meeting held on June 26 in Guwahati, Assam unanimously elected four eminent personalities in the field of performing arts, namely, Zakir Hussain, Sonal Mansingh, Jatin Goswami and K.Kalyanasundaram Pillai, for Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellows.
The general council also selected 44 artistes 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 (Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2018. The 44 artistes include three joint awards.
The Akademi Awards have been conferred since 1952. These honours not only symbolise the highest standard of excellence and achievements, but also recognise sustained individual work and contribution. The honour of Akademi Fellow carries a purse money of Rs 3 lakh and Akademi Award carries Rs 1 akh, besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.
The apex body of performing arts in the country also selected 32 (Including one joint award) artistes of India who made a mark as young talents in their respective fields of the performing arts for Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2018. The award is conferred upon artistes below the age of 40 years with the objective of identifying and encouraging outstanding young talents in diverse fields of performing arts and giving them national recognition early in their life, so that they may work with greater commitment and dedication in their chosen fields.