NATIONAL INDIAN ARTS AWARDS 2017: Nominations Now Open
Milapfest invites nominations
for the 3rd annual
NATIONAL INDIAN ARTS AWARDS 2017
Recognising & Celebrating Great Talent and Achievement in Indian Arts in Britain
A PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARDS CEREMONY
South Asians, who migrated to England over the past 70 years, have always aspired to ensure that their children, as well as the local communities, have generous opportunities to learn about their arts and heritage through teaching and performances. Over the decades, several dedicated professionals have worked tirelessly for making this possible. Up and down the British Isles there are schools, classes, and art organisations working tirelessly for this cause. However, whilst there are numerous ways of recognising the sterling contribution of those in Business, Finance, Medicine, and other professional categories, until the establishment of the National Indian Arts Awards, there has never been any national award that recognises and celebrates such dedicated work in the Arts.
It is very important that the contribution of such professionals is recognised and honoured. The establishment of these awards has created a better understanding of how such selfless work empowers and enriches the younger generation, and how it helps build bridges between communities and people.
These Awards significantly contribute towards providing more focus on the contribution of the Arts professionals working in the field of Indian Arts and provide opportunities for their work to expand in the years ahead.
In 2016, we were particularly delighted to welcome Sir Peter Bazalgette, the Chairman of the Arts Council England, who presented the awards to a distinguished panel of winners which included Smt. Sivadharini Sahathevan (Acharya Ratna, Music), Smt. Smt. Usha Raghavan (Acharya Ratna, Dance), and Smt. Manorama Prasad (Lifetime Achievement Award). The Young Musician of the Year Awards went to Aditi Subramanian & Jaspreet Kaur Rajbans from the Samyo and Tarang Orchestral groups.
In the previous year, the awards were presented by the High Commissioner of India, Dr Ranjan Mathai, Lord Navnit Dholakia, and the DCEO of the Arts Council England.
2016 AWARD WINNERS
Acharya Ratna (Nritya/Dance): Smt. Usha Raghavan
Acharya Ratna (Sangeet/Music): Smt. Shivatharini Sahathevan
Lifetime Achievement Award: Smt. Manorama Prasad
Samyo/Sabrang Musician of the Year: Aditi Subramaniam
Tarang Musician of the Year: Jasprit Rajbans
Yuva Sangeet Ratna: Jasdeep Singh Degun
NEW AWARDS CATEGORIES FOR 2017
Milapfest have enlarged the Awards categories from 2017 to rightly reflect the great wealth of talent and dedication that characterises Indian Arts nationally and internationally.
The Sangeet Acharya Ratna Categories (Distinguished Teachers Award) will be now be awarded to both a Hindustani and a Carnatic Music teacher separately.
The Nritya Acharya Ratna Category will now have an award for distinguished teaching efforts in both the Bharatanatyam and Kathak/Odissi dance forms.
The Yuva Sangeet Ratna Award (Young Musician of the Year) will be awarded in three categories: Instrumental, Vocal & Percussion in Hindustani & Carnatic Music.
The Yuva Nritya Ratna Award (Young Dancer of the Year), similarly, will be divided into both Bharatanatyam & Kathak/Odissi dance forms.
All this, of course, will be judged by a distinguished National Jury, who will be the final judges in each particular category.
In 2017, we are also establishing two new International Arts Awards to be given to artists who are making a substantial contribution to Indian Arts and heritage internationally. Our vision is to award it to the emerging generation of artists who are changing the perception of Indian arts across the world or have a considerable track record of creating international artistic work.
INVITATION FOR NOMINATIONS
Nominations for the 2017 International Indian Arts Awards Now Open
We invite everyone connected with Indian Arts to nominate teachers and artistes whom you consider deserve these high honours:
- A Life Time Achievement Award in Arts & Education
- A Distinguished Teachers Award in Music ~ Acharya Ratna / Sangeet
- Two Awards: One for Teachers of Carnatic Music and another for Hindustani Music.
- A Distinguished Teachers Award in Dance ~ Acharya Ratna / Nritya
- Two Awards: One for Teachers of Bharatanatyam and another for Kathak/Odissi.
- Young Musician of the Year Awards
- Three Awards: One each in Instrumental Music, Percussion & Vocal Music.
- Young Dancer of the Year ~ Yuva Nrityaratna
- Two Awards: One in Bharatanatyam and another for Kathak/Odissi
- International Award ~ Vishwa Kala Ratna
- Two Awards: One in Music and One in Dance
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DEADLINE EXTENSION!
- Completed forms must be submitted electronically by 5pm on Sunday 24th September 2017.
- Applications will be assessed by a nationally selected jury panel.
- Final results will be announced on Tuesday 10th October 2017.
Completed nomination forms should be sent to Stephanie Martin – Marketing & PR Manager, Milapfest.
Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested in nominating.