Monday, 10 February 2020

Padma Awards 2020 -- for the Performing Arts

By Samudri

The Padma Awards for 2020 were declared on the eve of India’s Republic Day. Out of the 141 names announced, the number of awards for personalities in the performing arts is less than 20. Veteran Hindustani vocalist Chhannulal Mishra of the Banaras gharana is the sole artist among the seven Padma Vibhushan awardees, while famous Hindustani vocalist Ajoy Chakraborty bags the Padma Bhushan (among 23 awardees). There are only a few musicians, dancers and theatre personalities (out of 118) selected to receive the Padma Shri. Among classical musicians, octogenarian Hindustani sitarist Manilal Nag, two Carnatic music duos—veteran vocalists Bombay Sisters (Saroja & Lalitha), and the nagaswaram duo of Sheik Mahaboob Subani and wife Kaleeshabi Mahaboob, find a place. It is a pity that no classical exponents of Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Mohini Attam and Kathakali feature in the Padma awards list. Art and culture reflect the integral  identity of a nation. A country as diverse as India is symbolized by the plurality of its culture. We hope that more practitioners and custodians of the arts will be recognised by the government in the years to come.

Padma Vibhushan
Channulal Mishra (H-vocal), Uttar Pradesh

Padma Bhushan
Ajoy Chakravorty (H-vocal), West Bengal

Padma Shri
C. Saroja and C. Lalitha (Bombay Sisters)  (C-vocal)
Kalee Shabi Mahaboob and Sheik Mahaboob Subani (C-nagaswaram)
Manilal Nag  (H-sitar)
 Purushottam Dadheech (Kathak)
Indira P. P. Bora  (Sattriya)
Shashadhar Acharya (Chhau)
Vajira Chitrasena (Kandyan dancer)
 Utsav Charan Das (folk dance - Ghoda Nacha)
Ustad Anwar Khan Manganiyar (folk artist)
Mitrabhanu Gountia (lyricist, composer Sambalpuri)
Shanti Jain (folk, literature)
Madan Singh Chauhan (music teacher, sufi and ghazal)
Munna Master (bhajan)
 Yazdi Naoshirwan Karanjia (doyen of Parsi theatre)
Yadla Gopalarao  (theatre artist)
Sarita Joshi (film, theatre actor)
Daya Prakash Sinha (theatre, Hindi playwright and director)
Madhu Mansuri Hasmukh (singer, song writer and activist)
Moozhikkal Pankajakshi  (puppetry)
Dalavai Chalapathi Rao  (puppetry)

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