The Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship and Sangeet Natak Awards for the year 2018 was given by the Vice-President of India to the winners in the field of performing arts and fine arts.
The National Awards of Lalit Kala Akademi for the year 2021 were also given to winners at the same event held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
The Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (Akademi Ratna) was given to four artists - Zakir Hussain (tabla maestro), Jatin Goswami (dancer and choreographer), Sonal Mansingh (dancer) and Thiruvidaimarudur Kuppiah Kalyanasundaram (dance teacher).
Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards were given to 40 other artists.
The Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship is the highest honour conferred by Sangeet Natak Akademi which is restricted to 40 numbers at any given time.
Facts to know:
The Sangeet Natak Akademi was established in 1952 functioning under the Ministry of Culture.
It is the India's national academy for music, dance and drama.
The Lalit Kala Academy was established in 1954.
The award were conferred to recognize individuals for their outstanding work in the field of art.
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