Zakir Hussain,Sonal Mansingh selected as 2018 Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellows

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  1. Recently,the General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi has announced its awards in the field of performing arts for the year 2018.
  2. The Akademi has selected table maestro Zakir Hussain,classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, dancer Jatin Goswami and scientist K Kalyanasundaram Pillai as Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellows.
  3. The Sangeet Natak Akademi is India’s national academy for music, dance and drama.
  4. It was created by a resolution of the then Ministry of Education, Government of India in 1952 with Dr P.V. Rajamannar as its first Chairman.
  5. It is presently an Autonomous Body of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and is fully funded by the Government for implementation of its schemes and programmes.
  6. The Akademi is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of institutions and projects of national importance in the field of performing arts.
  7. The awards given by Akademi are:Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships (Akademi Ratna), Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) and Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar.