The Sangeet Natak Akademi has announced the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskars for 2009. These are awarded to artistes "who have shown/demonstrated conspicuous talent in the fields of music, dance and drama."

The Sangeet Natak Akademi has announced the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskars for 2009.

These are awarded to artistes “who have shown/demonstrated conspicuous talent in the fields of music, dance and drama.”

Young outstanding practitioners up to the age of 35 are eligible for the annual Puraskar. According to the website (http://www.sangeetnatak.org/sna/yuva2009.htm), the following are the recipients of the Puraskar for 2009:

Music

Omkar Shrikant Dadarkar – Hindustani vocal; Murad Ali – Hindustani instrumental – sarangi; Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar (joint award) – Hindustani instrumental – shehnai; C.S. Sajeev – Carnatic vocal; Mysore A. Chandan Kumar – Carnatic instrumental – flute; V. Balaji - Carnatic instrumental – mridangam; Anil Srinivasan – creative and experimental music; and Moirangthem Meina Singh other major traditions of music – Nata Sankirtana of Manipur.

Dance

Ragini Chander Shekar – Bharatanatyam; Monisa Nayak – Kathak; Hanglem Indu Devi – Manipuri; Chinta Ravi Balakrishna – Kuchipudi; Lingaraj Pradhan – Odissi; Menaka P.P. Bora – Sattriya; Manjula B. Murthy – Mohiniattam; Swamimalai K. Suresh (music for dance) – Bharatanatyam nattuvangam and vocal.

Theatre

Abanti Chakraborty and Sukracharya Rabha – direction; Mukta Vasant Barve, Palani Murugan and Teekam Chandra Joshi – acting; Milind Srivastava – allied theatre arts – lighting; Juhi Babbar – allied theatre arts – costumes; and S. Gobi – (major traditions of theatre) – Bhagavata Mela of Tamil Nadu.

Traditional/folk/tribal dance/music/theatre and puppetry

Reshma Musale – Lavani and Tamasha, Maharashtra; K. Nellai Manikandan – folk dance, Tamil Nadu; Zohmingliana – tribal dance and music, Mizoram; Takhellambam Shyamkanhai Singh – Wari Leeba, Manipur; Sooraj Nambiar – Koodiyattam, Kerala; Shahjan Ahmad Bhagat – Bhand Pather, Jammu and Kashmir; Nazia Sayeed – Odissi music, Orissa; and Lala Bhat – Kathputli, Rajasthan.

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