President Kovind to confer Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards

President Ram Nath Kovind will give away the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2017 at Rashtrapati Bhawan today. Forty-two artists from the fields of Music, Dance and Theatre will be awarded.

According to reports that the General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, an autonomous body of the Ministry of Culture had selected the awardees.

Established in 1952, the Akademi Award not only symbolizes the highest standards of excellence and achievements but also recognizes sustained individual work and contribution. In the field of Music, eleven eminent artists have been selected, while nine artists each from Dance and Theatre have been chosen for the award.

Ten artists will be awarded in the category of Traditional, Folk and Tribal Music. Two people have also been selected for the award in the field of Overall Contribution in the Performing Arts. The award carries a cash prize of one lakh rupees, a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.

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