Staff Correspondent

GULBARGA: Three budding young artistes have been selected to receive the Dr. P.S. Shankar Chiguru Chinmaya Prasashthi for 2007. They are Bharatanatyam artistes Dhamini Naidu and Mithali Pande, and Hindustani singer Kumar Vishvanath Vastradmutt. The awards will be presented here on Ugadi on March 19.

Each artiste will get a cash prize of Rs. 1000, a commendation certificate and a shawl. The awards, which were instituted by the Dr. P.S. Shankar Prathisthan in 2003, are presented every year on Ugadi to budding artistes from different fields. The previous winners were Malashree Kanavi in 2003, Kavita Matpathi and Vinyas Dharmagiri in 2004, Sunita Rathod and Shivalingappa Honnalli in 2005, and Anita Bhimareddy and Suma Bandi in 2006.

The awards will be presented to the artistes by Dean of the Arts Department of Kannada University Hanumannanayak Dore.

Both Dhamini Naidu and Mithali Pande have studied music under Subhangi Sudheendra at the Omkar Nrutya Sadhana. Dhamini, a 6th standard student of Sharanabasaveshwar Residential School here, has participated in several programmes all over the country and recently won the second prize in the "Solo Bharatanatyam" competition at the All India 7th Dance Festival in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa.

Mithali, a 7th standard student, who has also participated in many competitions and programmes throughout the country, has won several awards and appreciation from art critics for her dance performances. Vishwanath Vastradmutt is a 7th standard student too and hails from a family of musicians.

His father Ramaiah Vastradmutt is a noted Hindustani singer. .