Vice-President Hamid Ansari will confer the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Akademi Awards for 2010 on four eminent personalities and 38 artistes and scholars respectively at Kamani Auditorium here this Friday.

The highest honour of Akademi Fellowship (Akademi Ratna Sadasyata) will be conferred on eminent vocalist Girija Devi, renowned dance guru Nataraja Ramakrishna, Dhrupad maestro Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar and Mridangam maestro Thanu Krishna Murthy. In addition to Rs. 3 lakh, they will receive an angavastram and a tamrapatra.

Described as a rare honour, the Fellowship is bestowed on a limited number of artistes and scholars at a given time.

Eminent representatives of music, dance and theatre to be honoured with the Akademi Award will receive Rs.1 lakh, an angavastram and tamrapatra.

In the field of music, nine artistes namely Chhannu Lal Mishra and Yashpal for Hindustani vocal music, Budhaditya Mukherjee (Sitar) and Nityanand Haldipur (flute) for Hindustani instrumental music, Suguna Purushothaman and Mysore Nagamani Srinath for Carnatic vocal music, Nagai R. Muralidharan (Violin) and Srimushnam V. Rajarao (Mridangam) for Carnatic instrumental music and M. V. Simhachala Sastry (Harikatha) for other major traditions of music will receive the award.

In the field of dance, nine practitioners - Malabika Mitra (Kathak), Kalamandalam Kombil Govindan Nair (Kathakali), Phanjoubam Iboton Singh (Manipuri), Ratna Kumar (Kuchipudi), Aruna Mohanty (Odissi), Manik Borbayan (Sattriya), Uttara Asha Coorlawala (creative and experimental), Kalamandalam Painkulam Rama Chakyar (other major traditions of dance and dance theatre -- Kutiyattam), and S. Rajeswari (music for dance - Bharatanatyam) will receive the award.

Eight persons will be honoured in the field of theatre -- playwrights D. Vizai Bhaskar (Telugu) and Atamjeet Singh (Punjabi), directors Veenapani Chawla and Urmil Kumar Thapaliyal and actors Dilip Prabhavalkar, BanwariTaneja, Maya Krishna Rao and Swatilekha Sengupta.

For their contribution to other traditional/ folk/ tribal music/ dance/ theatre forms, Harbhajan Singh Namdhari (Gurbani Kirtan, Punjab), Nazeer Ahmad Khan Warsi and Naseer Ahmad Khan Warsi (joint awards in Qawwali, Andhra Pradesh), Dwijen Mukherjee (Rabindra Sangeet, West Bengal), T. Somasundaram (folk dance of Tamil Nadu), Krishna Kumari (Bakha folk music of Jammu and Kashmir), Chandatai Jagdish Tiwadi (Bharud folk theatre of Maharashtra), K. Chinna Anjannamma (Tolu Bommalata - shadow puppetry of Andhra Pradesh), K. V. Ramakrishnan and K. C. Ramakrishnan (joint award for Pava Kathakali - Glove Puppetry of Kerala) will receive the Akademi Award.

In overall contribution/scholarship in performing arts, Ashok D. Ranade will be honoured with the award for his scholarship in music and Jaidev Taneja for his overall contribution to theatre.

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