Four Senior Artistes From Odisha To Receive Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit Award Tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar will confer Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit Award-2022 on four veteran artistes from Odisha at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Saturday (September 16).

The awardees are Chhau dancer Siba Prasad Das, theatre director Anant Mahapatra, folk musician (Brahma veena player) Ananda Bag and Gotipua dancer Gobinda Chandra Pal.

New Delhi-based Odissi dancer Kumkum Lal, who was a disciple of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, has also been selected for the award, which is an one-time honour being conferred by the Akademi on 86 senior artistes under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence. Those selected are above 75 years of age and have not been bestowed any national honour in their career so far. The list of awardees was announced in November last year.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a citation (Tamrapatra) and shawl (Angavastram), sources said.


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