Agartala: Satyaram Reang, (65), a Hojagiri performer from Tripura has been nominated for the Padma Shri award from Tripura this year.
Reang, who hails from Santirbazar in South Tripura district, will receive the fourth highest civilian award of the country in the Art category for contribution in indigenous dance.
Hojagiri is a folk dance, performed in the state of Tripura by the Bru people, one of the Tripuri clan. It is performed by women and young girls in a group of six members, singing, balancing on an earthen pitcher and managing other props such as bottle on the head and earthen lampoon the hand.
Reang established a school to increase the popularity of Hojagiri dance among the youth of the state.
The Government of India earlier awarded the Sangeet Natak Academy Award to Satyaram Reang for his outstanding contribution in Hojagiri dance.
Previously, musician Thanga Darlong, Beni Chandra Jamatia and gymnast Deepa Karmakar from Tripura received the Padma Shri award. Earlier, Himanshu Roy Chowdhury and Dr Rathin Dutta were awarded Padma Shri.
A list of 119 people has been prepared for the Padma award this year. Among them, 7 are Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri awards will be awarded. Among them, 29 women, 10 foreign nationals, 16 posthumous and 1 third gender have been nominated for the award.
Meanwhile, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb congratulated the famous artist on his achievement. Taking to Twitter, Deb wrote: “Extend warmest wishes to Shri Satyaram Reang on being conferred with Padma Shri for being an outstanding ambassador of our beloved Hojagiri dance form.
37 lakh people of Tripura are proud of Shri Reang’s contribution for nurturing the indigenous culture of Tripura! #PadmaAwards,” Deb wrote.