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SANGEETHA NATAKA AKADEMI AWARDS - 2001

   
 

JANUARY 11 - 2002 ( Thrissur )
T
he Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi declared the Fellowships and Awards of the year 2001.

Annoncing the fellowships and awards at a press conference, the Akademi Chairman, Kavalam Narayana Panicker, said that this year, the selection committee had laid focus on honourning those artists who had been neglected or had been in the oblivion hitherto.

Mavelikkara Sankaran Kutty Nair
B.Sasikumar
Nelluvai Krishnamoorthy

The violin artist B.Sasikumar, Carnatic Music Artist Nelluvai Krishnamoorthy and Mridangam ( Carnatic Music ) artist Mavelikkara Sankaran Kutty Nair have won this year's Academy Fellowships. A staff artiste with the All India Radio ( AIR ) Thiruvananthapuram, B.Sasikumar ( 52 ) has won national acclaim for his violin performances, including solo performances.

Mr.Krishnamoorthy (83), a veteran in the Carnatic music field was also the principal of the Music College, Thripunithura, and the Swathi Tirunal College of Music, Thiruvananthapuram. A retired professor, Mr,Nair (81), has won the " Kharan Nipun " award of the Banaras Hindu University. He was instrumental in popularizing the " Bhupathi Style".

The Akademi has also announced 21 awards in various art sections. The award winners aer :

Kalamandalam Girija ( Koodiyattom - Maani Madhava Puraskaram ),
Jerry Amaldev ( Light Music - Amrithavarshini Puraskaram ),
Vaikom Gopalan Nair ( Carnatic Music - Ganjira _ Nandikeshwara Puraskaram ) ,
P.M.Charles ( Chavittu Natakam - Janova Puraskaram ).
Vettikkavala Sasikumar ( Classical Music - Nagaswaram - Malayamarutha Puraskaram), R.Thyagarajan ( Viola - Gamakabandhupuraskaram ) ,
Pandalam Kalavarma ( Kathakali Actor - Bhavanu Keerthana Puraskaram ),
Sadanan Sreedharan ( kathakali - Madhalam - Venkichan Puraskaram),
Varanasi Madhavan Namboothiri ( Kathakali - Chenda - Vaikhari Puraskaram ) ,
Mohankunju Panikkar ( velakali - Chembakassery Puraskaram ),
Maithili Midhilalaya ( Dance - Bharathanatyam - Mohiniyattom - Kaishiki Puraskaram ), K.S.Namboothiri ( Drama Script - Pulimana Puraskaram),
Koothattukulam Leela ( Theatre Acting - Malavika Puraskaram),
Mariyammachedathi ( Folk Song - Chenganooradhi Puraskaram),
Damodharan Panikkar ( Poorakkali - Saraswatha Puraskaram ),
P.T.Keshavan Embrathiri ( Thidambu Dance - Vethiramana Puraskaram ),
P.K.G. Nambiar ( Koodiyattom - Performer - Kulashekhara Puraskaram),
Mavelikara Gopinath ( Kathaprasangam - Music - Naimisa Puraskaram ),
Pradeep Hudino ( Magic - Vazhakkunnam Puraskaram ),
Cherppulassery Sivan ( Keraliya Melam - Madhalam - Melagharima Puraskaram ).