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Sangeet Natak Akademi awards for Suguna Purushothaman, Srimushnam V. Raja Rao, Mysore Nagamani Srinath, Nagai R. Muralidharan & Simhachala Sastry
NEW DELHI, January 21: Girija Devi and Nataraja Ramakrishna, eminent personalities from the field of performing arts, have been elected Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellows (Akademi Ratna). This was done at a meeting of the general council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi in New Delhi on Wednesday. It is a rare honour on them. There are only 34 Fellows of the Akademi at present.

The council has also announced the names of 38 people from the fields of music, dance, theatre and puppetry for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for 2010. The list of those who have been selected in the field of music and dance are given below:

Music
Channulal Mishra and Yashpal (Hindustani vocal); Budhaditya Mukherjee (Sitar); Nityanand Haldipur (Flute, Hindustani instrumental); Suguna Purushothaman and Mysore Nagamani Srinath (Carnatic vocal); Nagai R. Muralidharan (Violin); Srimushnam V. Raja Rao (Mridangam); and M.V. Simhachala Sastry (Harikatha).

Dance
Malabika Mitra (Kathak), Kalamandalam Kombil Govindan Nair (Kathakali), Phanjoubam Iboton Singh (Manipuri), Ratna Kumar (Kuchipudi), Aruna Mohanty (Odissi), Manik Borbayan (Sattriya), Uttara Asha Coorlawala (Creative and Experimental dance), Kalamandalam Painkulam Rama Chakyar (other major traditions of dance and dance theatre — Kutiyattam) and S. Rajeshwari (music for dance — Bharatanatyam).

In theatre, eight eminent persons have been selected. For their contribution to other forms of art, 10 artists have been selected. Ashok D. Ranade will receive the Akademi Award 2010 for a scholarship in performing arts (Music). Jaidev Taneja will be presented an award for overall contribution to performing arts (Theatre).