• Noted flutist Rajendra Prasanna, Kathak dancer Shobha Koser, folk singer Anwar Khan Manganiyar, and Odissi dancer Sujata Mohapatra among others were conferred with Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards by President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday, February 6.
• Those awarded in the field of music include Hindustani vocalist Lalith J Rao, Tabla player Yogesh Samsi, flautist and shehnai player Rajendra Prasanna, Carnatic vocalist M S Sheela, Carnatic veena player Suma Sudhindra, Carnatic mridangam player Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan, Carnatic flautist Shashank Subramanyam, Madhurani and Haimanti Sukla for Sugam Sangeet, and Gurnam Singh for Gurbani.
• A total of nine artists received awards for their contribution to the field of dance.
• Rama Vaidyanathan for Bharatnatyam, Shobha Koser for Kathak, Madambi Subramanian Namboodiri for Kathakali, I N Oinam Ongbi Dhoni Devi for Manipuri dance, Deepika Reddy for Kuchipudi, Ramkrishna Talukdar for Sattriya, Janmajoy Saibabu for Chhau, and Ashit Desai (composer) received the award.
Prelims level: Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards