National Arts Awards Programme


Milapfest announces the creation of a new National Awards Programme

for British Arts Professionals

Recognising talent and achievement in Indian Arts in Britain

In its 30th Anniversary year, Milapfest is delighted to announce that it has created a new initiative to recognise and celebrate the remarkable work of British arts professionals who have rendered distinguished service for promoting and strengthening the provision of Indian Arts and Education in Britain.

An unprecedented 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 good 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. But while there are numerous ways of recognising the sterling contribution of people in Business, Finance, Medicine and other professional categories, there has never been any national award that recognises and celebrates such dedicated work in the Arts.

We feel that one reason why the important contribution of Arts & Education professionals is not recognised and honoured is that there is a lack of understanding of how such selfless work empowers and enriches the younger generation, and how it helps build bridges between communities and people.

We hope that these Awards will 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.

Award Categories to include Lifetime Achievement Award and Distinguished Teacher Awards

On the occasion of the 30th year Anniversary of our organisation, we have chosen to institute these awards that acknowledge and honour this dedication and service. We have planned ​to award​ the following categories in 2015:

​·   A Life time Achievement Award in Arts & Education

·   A Distinguished Teachers Award in Music~ Acharya Ratna/Sangeet​

·   A Distinguished Teachers Award in Dance~Acharya Ratna/Nritya

·   A Young Dancer of the Year Award~ Yuva Nritya Ratna​

·   A Young Musician of the Year award~Yuva Sangeet Ratna

These  awards have been supported by a CPD grant given to us by the Arts Council England as part of our NPO Funding. Milapfest intends to continue presenting these awards in the years ahead.

Awards Ceremony at Nehru Centre, London

The Ceremony to present these unique awards that honour and celebrate the sterling contributions of Arts Professionals to the National Cultural Life will be held on 8th October, 2015 from 5.45 PM at the Nehru Centre, London.

The High Commissioner of India, His Excellency Dr Ranjan Mathai, and Ms. Althea Efunshule, Deputy Chief Executive of Arts Council England will present the awards and grace the occasion with their presence. Many other distinguished people will be present at the Ceremony to support the initiative.

The names of the distinguished winners will be announced by Milapfest on 8th September, 2015 on their website.​

​For further information please contact~

Archana Shastri, Director of Marketing on 01512913949.


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