Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit Awards

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Recently, the Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar presented the one-time Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit Awards to 84 artistes from varied fields of performing arts.

About Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit Awards:

  • It is a national honour bestowed on performing artists as well as teachers and scholars in the field of performing arts.
  • The recipients are selected by the Akademi’s General Council.
  • The Akademi’s General Council consisted  of distinguished musicians, dancers, theatre artists and scholars in these disciplines and nominees of the Government of India, States Governments, and Union Territories.
  • The honour carries a purse money of Rs. 1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh) besides Tamrapatra and Angavastram.
  • The award was constituted to honour Indian artistes aged above 75 years who have not been accorded any national honour in their career so far.


Key facts about Sangeet Natak Akademi

  • It is India’s national academy of music, dance and drama.
  • It was created by a resolution of the Ministry of Education, with Dr P.V. Rajamannar as its first Chairman.
  • It was set up in 1953 for the preservation and promotion of the vast intangible heritage of India’s diverse culture expressed in forms of music, dance and drama.
  • Presently it is an Autonomous Body of the Ministry of Culture. 
  • The Chairman of the Akademi is appointed by the President of India for a term of five years.
  • It is fully funded by the Government for the implementation of its schemes and programmes.


Q1) What is Performing arts?

It encompass a wide range of artistic disciplines in which artists use their voices, bodies, or objects to convey artistic expressions to an audience. These art forms are typically performed in front of live audiences and often involve a combination of creativity, skill, and technique.

Source: 84 artists conferred with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit Awards