Bhagat of J&K gets SNA award

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 16: Mohd Sadiq Bhagat of Jammu and Kashmir among 44 artists from fields of performing art was selected for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 2018.
He has been selected by the Sangeet Natak Akademi for this prestigious award in the field of Folk Theatre (Bhand Pather).
The General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, New Delhi, selected 44 artists from the field of Music, Dance, Theatre, Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre, Puppetry and overall contribution/scholarship in the Performing Arts for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2018. These 44 artists include three joint awards.
Four eminent personalities in the field of performing arts, Zakir Hussain, dancer and nominated member of the Rajya Sabha Sonal Mansingh, Jatin Goswami and K Kalyanasundaram Pillai, have been made fellow for Sangeet Natak Akademi.
The honour of Akademi Fellow carries a purse money of Rs three lakh and Akademi Award carries Rs one lakh, besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram. The Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards will be conferred by the President in a special investiture ceremony.
In the field of Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre and Puppetry, Mohd Sadiq Bhagat among 10 artists have been selected for the Akademi Awards-who include Malini Awasthi, Folk Music, Uttar Pradesh; Gazi Khan Barna, Folk Music – Khartal, Rajasthan; Narendar Singh Negi, Folk Song, Uttrakhand; Kota Sachidanand Shastry, Harikatha, Andhra Pradesh; Arjun Singh Dhruve, Folk Dance, Madhya Pradesh; Somnath Battu Folk Music, Himachal Pradesh; Anupama Hoskere, Puppetry (String), Karnataka; Hem Chandra Goswami, Mask Making, Assam.
Diwan Singh Bajeli and Puru Dadhich have been selected for the Akademi Award in the field of Overall Contribution/Scholarship in the Performing Arts.
The honour of Akademi Award is being conferred since 1952. These honours not only symbolise the highest standard of excellence and achievements, but also recognise sustained individual work and contribution.