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Vice President Confers Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Akademi Awards 2010

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 22, 2011

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The Vice-President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari conferred the prestigious “Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Akademi Awards for 2010” at a special investiture ceremony here today. Addressing on the occasion  Shri Ansari said that the challenge is to be able to go beyond the dictates of what can loosely be termed “the market”. The form, format and grammar of art itself is sought to be tailored to the medium and the taste of the market. On the one hand, purists worry about this trend, sticking to tradition and shunning experimentation that dilutes the essence of the art from. Others cite the necessity to adapt and preserve classical and indigenous art forms in a globalizing world that flattens cultural diversities. No one has the perfect answer. Probably, there is no perfect answer. Yet, we must continue our effort to preserve that which makes us Indian – to be able to enjoy Indian art, sing, dance and play music as our ancestors did!

Congratulating the awardees the Vice President said that those honoured by it represent the nation’s highest achievers in music, dance and drama. These awards have thus played an essential role in preserving and carrying forward the multifarious expressions of our splendid cultural identity.

Four eminent personalities were conferred the Akademi’s Fellowships, while thirty-six artists and two scholars received the Akademi Awards for 2010. The highest honour of Akademi Fellowship (Akademi Ratna Sadasyata) was  conferred on eminent vocalist Girija Devi, renowned dance guru Nataraja Ramakrishna, Dhrupad maestro Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar, and Mridangam vidwan T. K. Murthy.  They received purse money of Rupees three lakh, besides an angavastram and a tamrapatra. The Fellowship of the Akademi is a rare honour, which is bestowed on a very limited number of artists and scholars at a given time.  The eminent representatives of music, dance and theatre honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2010 received purse money of Rupees one lakh, an angavastram and tamrapatra.

The Akademi Fellowship (Akademi Ratna Sadasyata) and Akademi Award (Akademi Puraskar) are the most coveted national honours conferred on performing artists, gurus and scholars of the performing arts. These honours are decided by the Akademi’s General Council, the apex body consisting of eminent artists, scholars and nominees of the Government of India and of different States and Union Territories of the country. Sangeet Natak Akademi, established by the Government of India on 31 May 1952, is the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.

Following is the text of the Vice President’s address :

“I am happy to participate in today’s investiture ceremony of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Awards for the year 2010. It is a singular honour to be in the midst of such distinguished artists.

I felicitate all the winners of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards. I would like to specially mention those who have been honoured with the Akademi Fellowship –Dance Guru Late Shri Nataraj Ramakrishna, and the musicians Smt. Girija Devi, Shri Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar and Shri T. K. Murthy.

The Sangeet Natak Akademy, as the apex body in the country for undertaking the preservation and promotion of our performing arts, has for almost six decades carried out its mandate with diligence and perseverance. Those honoured by it represent the nation’s highest achievers in music, dance and drama. These awards have thus played an essential role in preserving and carrying forward the multifarious expressions of our splendid cultural identity.

Inaugurating the Sangeet Natak Akademy in January 1953, our first Education Minister Maulana Azad had emphasized the need to cherish and develop our precious heritage of dance, drama and music, not only for our own sake “but also as our contribution to the cultural heritage of mankind”. This is all the more necessary in an era of great change and, in a very real sense, becomes the duty of every citizen.

Classical and folk performing arts touch the core of our identity. It is for this reason that we should appreciate the effort of the Sangeet Natak Akademi to encourage talent in music, dance and drama, preserving the arts and propagating it.

We must also ponder how to popularize each of the fields of classical and folk music, dance and drama at the level of the mass media and common people. Technology has enabled quicker and cheaper dissemination of products of performing arts, including in digital format, among a diverse and dispersed audience.

The challenge is to be able to go beyond the dictates of what can loosely be termed “the market”. The form, format and grammar of art itself is sought to be tailored to the medium and the taste of the market. On the one hand, purists worry about this trend, sticking to tradition and shunning experimentation that dilutes the essence of the art from. Others cite the necessity to adapt and preserve classical and indigenous art forms in a globalizing world that flattens cultural diversities.

No one has the perfect answer. Probably, there is no perfect answer. Yet, we must continue our effort to preserve that which makes us Indian – to be able to enjoy Indian art, sing, dance and play music as our ancestors did!

I take this opportunity to once again congratulate the award winners and those conferred with the fellowships. You stand as role models to our youth to imbibe the art and craft and achieve perfection in your chosen fields. I thank Smt. Leela Samson for inviting me to today’s function and wish the Sangeet Natak Akademi all success in its endeavours.”

SK

(Source: 22-July, 2011 20:12 IST | Vice President’s Secretariat – Press Information Bureau, Government of India)
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