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Take arts beyond dictates of market: Hamid Ansari
NEW DELHI, July 23: The Vice-President, Mr. Hamid Ansari, presented the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowships and awards for the year 2010 to artistes and scholars from across assorted disciplines such as music, dance and theatre at a function here yesterday.

The Akademi Ratna Sadasyata, the highest honour of Akademi fellowship, was conferred on Hindustani vocalist Girija Devi, dance teacher Nataraja Ramakrishna, Dhrupad maestro Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar and mridangam exponent T.K. Murthy.

They received a cash award of Rs.3 lakh each besides an angavastram and a tamrapatra.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Ansari praised the Akademi for preserving, cherishing and promoting the rich traditions of performing arts and culture. The role of the Academi, he said, assumed greater significance in this era of globalization. In this modern technology-driven world, it was a real challenge to take the arts beyond the dictates of the market, he felt.

Those who have been honoured with the Academi awards are:

MUSIC: Chhanu Lal Mishra and Yashpaul for Hindustani vocal music; Budhaditya Mukherjee (Sitar) and Nityanand Haldipur (Flute) for Hindustani instrumental music; Suguna Purushothaman and Mysore Nagamani Srinath for Carnatic vocal music; Nagai R. Muralidharan (Violin) and Srimushnam V. Rajarao (Mridangam) for Carnatic instrumental music; and M. V. Simhachala Sastry (Harikatha) for other major traditions of music.

DANCE: Malabika Mitra (Kathak), Kalamandalam Kombil Gopala Vasudevan Nair (Kathakali), Phanjoubam Iboton Singh (Manipuri), Rathna Kumar (Kuchipudi), Aruna Mohanty (Odissi), Manik Borbayan (Sattriya), Uttara Asha Coorlawala (Creative & Experimental), Kalamandalam Raman Chakyar (other major traditions of dance & dance theatre - Koodiyattam), and S. Rajeswari (Music for Dance – Bharatanatyam).