The Sangeet Natak Akademi, National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, the apex body of performing arts in the country. Recently, the academy has selected 32 artists of India who have made a mark as young talents in their respective fields of performing arts for Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2015.
The Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, given to artistes below the age of 40 years, was introduced in the year 2006 with the objective of identifying and encouraging outstanding young talents in diverse fields of performing arts and giving them national recognition early in their life, so that they may work with greater commitment and
dedication in their chosen fields. The names of the selected artists are as under:
In the field of music, eight recipients of Yuva Puraskar are: Rupesh Gawas and Brijeshwar Mukherjee for Hindustani Vocal Music; Anubrata Chatterjee for Hindustani Instrumental Music–Tabla; Smit Tiwari in Hindustani Instrumental Music–Sarod; Nisha Rajagopalan and Kunnakudi M Balamurali Krishna for Carnatic Vocal Music;
R Shankaranarayanan for Carnatic Instrumental Music–Mridangam; and K V Gopalakrishnan for Carnatic Instrumental Music–Kanjira.
In the field of dance, eight recipients of Yuva Puraskar are: Shijith Nambiar & Parvathi Menon for Bharatanatyam, Vishal Krishna and Divya Dikshit for Kathak Dance; Kalamandalam Thulasi for Kathakali; P Bilash Singh for Manipuri Dance; Boby Chakraborty for Kuchipudi Dance; Seujpriya Borthakur for Sattriya Dance; and Shilpika Bordoloi for Contemporary/Experimental Dance.
In the field of theatre, eight recipients are: Abhishek Pandit and Chandra Shekhar Prasad for Direction; Deep Mandeep Kaur, Sukumar Tudu and Deepalaxmi Moghe for Acting; Navid Inamdar for Allied Theatre Arts–Scenic Design; Gaurav Sharma for Allied Theatre Arts-Lighting; and Ulesh Dasharath Khandare for Allied Theatre Arts–Make up.
In the field of Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre and Puppetry, eight recipients are: Hemu Alias Mahesh Krishna Gaude for Folk Music/Dance, Goa, Shazia Bashir for Folk Music, Jammu and Kashmir, Prahlad Digambar Kadam for Folk Music, Maharashtra, Dhayanananda Panda for Traditional/Folk Dance, Odisha, Mamta Joshi for
Folk Music, Punjab, Bhugra Khan Manganiar for Folk Music, Rajasthan, R Raj Kumar for Traditional/Folk Dance, Tamil Nadu and Choiti Ghosh for Puppetry.
Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar carries a purse money of Rs 25,000/- (Rupees twenty five thousand only). The Yuva Puraskar will be presented at a special ceremony, by the Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Photo Credits: Shijith Nambiar & Parvathy Menon, Anubrata Chatterjee, Mamta Joshi.