At a ceremony hosted at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the 6th of February 2019, President Ramnath Kovind conferred the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Award). This is the first time that ‘Baul Music’ has been honoured with Paravthy Baul receiving the award.
The President awarded a total of 42 artistes in five categories for the year 2017, including a joint award to Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha for their contribution in Hindustani vocal music. Noted flautist Rajendra Prasanna, folk singer Anwar Khan Manganiyar among others.
Those awarded in the field of music include Hindustani vocalist Lalith J Rao, tabla player Yogesh Samsi, carnatic vocalist M S Sheela, Carnatic veena player Suma Sudhindra, Carnatic mridangam player Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan, Carnatic flautist Shashank Subramanyam, Madhurani and Haimanti Sukla for Sugam Sangeet, and Gurnam Singh for gurbani.
(Pic: Parvati Baul with President Shri Ram Nath Kovind at Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards)
Other eminent artistes who were felicitated for their contribution in the field of traditional folk and tribal music are:
Jagannath Bayan for Assam traditional music (Khol), Ramachandra Manjhi for Bihar folk music, Sarvjeet Kaur for Punjabi folk music, KC Runremsangi for Mizoram’s folk music and Mukund Nayak for Jharkhand folk music.
The Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Award) is an award given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama. It is the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artistes. The awards are given in the categories of music, dance, theatre, other traditional arts and puppetry, and for contribution/scholarship in performing arts.
The Sangeet Natak Akademi is India’s national academy for music, dance and drama. The Sangeet Natak Akademi is presently an Autonomous Body of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and is fully funded by the Government for implementation of its schemes and programmes. The Akademi was created to preserve and promote the Indian heritage and its diverse culture which the artisans express through music, dance and drama. The Akademi coordinates and collaborates with the governments and art academies of different States and Territories of the Union of India as also with major cultural institutions in the country.