Aditya Vikram Birla Kalashikhar Puraskar Conferred On Veteran Actor Naseeruddin Shah

Bhubaneswar: The coveted Aditya Vikram Birla Kalashikhar Puraskar was conferred on veteran film actor and theatre personality Naseeruddin Shah at the Sangit Kala Kendra Awards virtual function.

The Aditya Vikram Birla Kalakiran Puraskars were presented to emerging theatre personalities Neel Choudhary and Irawati Karnik.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajashree Birla, president of Sangit Kala Kendra, said iconic actor Naseeruddin’s breakthrough roles have hit both the screen and the theatre for over 40 years. “The films and the theatre roles still keep rolling and we see him do the most challenging roles with amazing ease, getting into the skin of the character,” she said. 

The Sangit Kala Kendra’s ‘Aditya Vikram Birla, Kalashikhar Puraskar’ and the ‘Kalakiran Puraskars’ were instituted in 1996 as a memorial to founder president Aditya Vikram Birla.

“Theatre is the central theme, for this year’s awards. A few of you may recount, Adityaji’s love of the theatre and his donning the mantle of an actor in the two plays under the banner of Sangit Kala Kendra. At a personal level, both Adityaji and I loved watching plays and films. Naseeruddin Shah was among our favorite actors,” Rajashree said.

This panel of judges for this year’s awards are Nadira Babbar, Sanjna Kapoor, Akash Khurana, Sunil Shanbagh, and Chhaya Ganguly. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Neerja Birla, and the extended Aditya Birla family were present on the occasion.


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