National Indian Arts Awards 2018: Call for Nominations

proudly announce

 the 4th annual


Honouring & Celebrating Great Talent and Achievement in Indian Arts in Britain

Thursday 14th June 2018 | Southbank Centre, London

The National Indian Arts Awards return for the 4th year to honour and celebrate the great contribution of the professionals who have devoted themselves to promoting, nurturing and developing Indian arts across the UK and beyond, as well as the rising stars of Indian music and dance who are shaping these art-forms for future generations. The Awards are supported by Arts Council England.

This year’s ceremony will be taking place in London’s prestigious Southbank Centre on Thursday 14th June and will be presided over by Sir Nicholas Serota, CH,. the Chairman of Arts Council England, along with many distinguished guests, including Baron Gadhia.

Following the ceremony, this year’s recipient of the Vishwa Kala Ratna (International Artist of the Year) Award, the celebrated Veena maestro, Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh, will be taking to the stage for a very special celebratory concert. The world renowned veena artiste will be joined on stage by percussion masters KU Jayachandra Rao on mridangam and Kousic Sen on tabla. This stunning musical collaboration will be the perfect way to round off an evening celebrating the very best in Indian classical music.

The NIAA’s were established to recognise the work of countless individuals, schools, teachers, performers, and art organisations, up and down the British Isles, who are working tirelessly  to provide generous opportunities to learn or experience Indian arts. The NIAA’s have been working tirelessly for the past 4 years to ensure that such dedicated work in the arts is acknowledged on par with the contribution of those in business, finance, medicine, and other professional categories.

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.

Nominations are now open for a range of honours, to be awarded at this year’s glittering ceremony. Whether you are a teacher or performer of Indian music or dance, or a young artist at the start of a promising career, we encourage you to apply for an award as there are a number of categories open to applicants across a range of fields. Our application process is simple! Choose an award for which you’d like to nominate yourself and fill in our simple application form, explaining to us why you believe you should win. You just then need to find two people to support your application and submit all necessary information by Monday 30th April at 9:00am (GMT). All applications will be considered by a National Jury and winners will be announced on 1st June. Please note, at this time, we are only able to accept applications from UK residents.

Good luck and we hope to see you at this year’s ceremony on 14th June!

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