Prez confers 47 artists with Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships, Awards

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday awarded four eminent artists and scholars in the performing arts with Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and 43 other artists with the Sangeet Natak Akademi awards for 2016. In a glittering ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President conferred Sangeet Natak
Akademi Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) on Arvind Parikh, R Vedavalli, Ram Gopal Bajaj and Sunil Kothari. The Fellowship awardees received a purse of Rs 3 lakh, an angavastram, and a tamrapatra. The artists honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) recieved Rs 1 lakh, an angavastram, and a tamrapatra. Out of 43 artists, 11 were awarded in the field of music. (Agencies)z