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Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship
Awarded by Sangeet Natak Akademi
Category Performing arts (Individual)
Description Award for the performing arts in India
Instituted 1954
First awarded 1954
Last awarded 2015
Total awarded 144
Cash award 3 lakh (equivalent to 3.2 lakh or US$4,900 in 2016)
First awardee(s)
Last awardee(s) C. V. Chandrasekhar
Award rank
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The Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowship, officially known as Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna Sadasya, is an Indian honour for the performing arts presented by Sangeet Natak Akademi. It is "the most prestigious and rare honour" conferred by the Akademi and is restricted to 40 individuals at any given time.


In 1945, The Asiatic Society of Bengal submitted a proposal to establish a National Cultural Trust consisting of three academies: an Academy of Music, Dance, and Drama, an Academy of Letters, and an Academy of Art and Architecture. The proposal was reconsidered in the Conference on Art held in Kolkata in 1949, and two conferences, the Conference on Letters, and the Conference on Dance, Drama, and Music, were held in New Delhi in 1951. All three conferences were organized by the Government of India and recommended the establishment of three national academies: an Academy of Music, Dance, and Drama (Sangeet Natak Akademi), an Academy of Letters (Sahitya Akademi), and an Academy of Art (Lalit Kala Akademi).[1]

The Sangeet Natak Akademi, established on 31 May 1952 by a resolution of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (then the Ministry of Education), Government of India, headed by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad,[1] is India's National Academy for Music, Dance, and Drama. The Akademi was officially inaugurated on 28 January 1953 by the first President of India, Rajendra Prasad and P. V. Rajamannar was appointed as its first Chairman.[2] The first members of the Executive Board of the Akademi consisted of Maharaja Sri Sir Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar Bahadur, T. L. Venkatarama Aiyar, S. N. Mozumdar, N. R. Ray, Dharma Vira, A.K. Ghosh, J. C. Mathur, and A. V. Venkateswaran.[3] Other two institutes were established later; the Sahitya Akademi was inaugurated on 12 March 1954 and the Lalit Kala Akademi was inaugurated on 5 August 1954.[4][5] Later, on 11 September 1961, it was reorganized as a society and registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. Though the Sangeet Natak Akademi functions as an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Culture, its programmes are completely funded by the Government.[2]

The Sangeet Natak Akademi is defined as "the apex body of the performing arts" in the country and primarily focuses on "preserving and promoting the vast intangible heritage of India's diverse culture expressed in the forms of music, dance and drama". The Akademi has also established various institutions in the fields of performing arts: the National School of Drama in New Delhi in 1959, the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy in Imphal and the National Institute of Kathak Dance in New Delhi in 1964, and the Koodiyattam Kendra in Thiruvananthapuram in 1990.[2][6] Since 1965, the Akademi also publishes a quarterly journal, Sangeet Natak.[7]


The Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship is conferred without distinction of nationality, race, caste, religion, creed, or sex. The criteria restricts any person below the age of 50 to ordinarily be considered for the honour, although a minimum age of 35 is required.[8] Persons who are already deceased do not qualify; if an honoree dies before the honour is conferred, however, the honour will be assigned posthumously.[8] The criteria also excludes any institution along with the members of the General Council of the Akademi from consideration. The fellowship does not refer to any specific work or achievement of an artist but to the "significant and lasting contribution on a sustained basis over a period of time". The recommendations are received from the current fellows along with the members of the General Council of the Akademi.[8]

The fellowship was established in 1954 and the first elected fellows were Carnatic music vocalist Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Veena player Karaikudi Sambasiva Aiyer, and film and theatre actor Prithviraj Kapoor. As of 2015, the fellowship has been conferred upon 144 individuals, including 29 dancers, 31 theater performers, 75 musicians, and 9 individuals awarded for their overall contributions in all three fields. Since its inception, the honour has been bestowed upon 26 female artists and, in 1958, a Hindustani classical vocalist, belonging to the Bhendibazaar gharana, Anjanibai Malpekar became the first woman fellow of the Akademi. A French national and musicologist Alain Daniélou is the only non-Indian national awarded with the fellowship.[9]

As per the constitutional provision under Rule 12 (vi) of the Rules and Regulations of the Akademi, the number of fellows is restricted to 30. On 25 March 2003, the General Council of the Akademi recommended restricting the number of fellows to 40 living persons and a total of 60 at any given time. However, the recommendation is not yet approved by the Ministry. As of 2016, there are 36 Fellows of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Each recipient is awarded with a cash prize of 3 lakh (equivalent to 3.2 lakh or US$4,900 in 2016), an Angavastram (Shawl), and a Tamrapatra (citation plaque) given under the seal of Akademi and signature of its Chairman.[8][9][10] The most recent recipient of the fellowship is Bharatanatyam dancer C. V. Chandrasekhar who was awarded for the year 2015.[10]

List of fellows[edit]

Fellowship recipients by field[9]
Field Number of recipients
Overall Contribution/Scholarship
   # Indicates a current fellow
List of Sahitya Akademi fellows, showing the year, and field(s)[9]
Year Recipient Field(s)
1954 Iyengar, Ariyakudi RamanujaAriyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar Music
1954 Iyer, Karaikudi SambasivaKaraikudi Sambasiva Iyer Music
1954 Kapoor, PrithvirajPrithviraj Kapoor Theatre
1958 Malpekar, AnjanibaiAnjanibai Malpekar Music
1962 Banerjee, GopeshwarGopeshwar Banerjee Music
1962 Bhagavathar, D. AnnaswamiD. Annaswami Bhagavathar Music
1962 Shankar, UdayUday Shankar Dance
1962 Sivan, PapanasamPapanasam Sivan Music
1963 Prajnanananda, SwamiSwami Prajnanananda Music
1963 Ratanjankar, Shrikrishna NarayanShrikrishna Narayan Ratanjankar Music
1963 Sambamoorthi, PichuPichu Sambamoorthi Music
1963 Warerkar, MamaMama Warerkar Theatre
1964 Aiyar, T. L. VenkataramaT. L. Venkatarama Aiyar Music
1964 Bai, C. SaraswathiC. Saraswathi Bai Music
1964 Choudhury, Birendra Kishore RoyBirendra Kishore Roy Choudhury Music
1964 Deodhar, B. R.B. R. Deodhar Music
1964 Raghavan, V.V. Raghavan Music
1964 Rajamannar, P. V.P. V. Rajamannar Theatre
1965 Patwardhan, Vinayak NarayanVinayak Narayan Patwardhan Music
1965 Ranade, Ganesh HariGanesh Hari Ranade Music
1965 Roy, DilipkumarDilipkumar Roy Music
1965 Singh, JaidevaJaideva Singh Music
1965 Vyas, D. G.D. G. Vyas Music
1966 Bhattacharya, AshutoshAshutosh Bhattacharya Music
1966 Iyer, E. KrishnaE. Krishna Iyer Overall Contribution/Scholarship
1966 Mitra, SombhuSombhu Mitra Theatre
1966 Wadiyar, JayachamarajendraJayachamarajendra Wadiyar Music
1967 Alkazi, EbrahimEbrahim Alkazi# Theatre
1967 Arundale, Rukmini DeviRukmini Devi Arundale Dance
1967 Iyer, Musiri SubramaniaMusiri Subramania Iyer Music
1967 Khan, Bade Ghulam AliBade Ghulam Ali Khan Music
1967 Kurup, P. K. KunjuP. K. Kunju Kurup Dance
1967 Maharaj, ShambhuShambhu Maharaj Dance
1967 Sarma, V. SatyanarayanaV. Satyanarayana Sarma Dance
1967 Rangacharya 'Shriranga', AdyaAdya Rangacharya 'Shriranga' Theatre
1968 Patnaik, Kali CharanKali Charan Patnaik Overall Contribution/Scholarship
1970 Brahaspati, K. C. D.K. C. D. Brahaspati Music
1970 Vatsyayan, KapilaKapila Vatsyayan# Dance
1970 Vedi, Dilip ChandraDilip Chandra Vedi Music
1972 Chakraborty, TarapadaTarapada Chakraborty Music
1972 Phulambrikar, KrishnaraoKrishnarao Phulambrikar Music
1972 Sharma, Rallapalli Ananta KrishnaRallapalli Ananta Krishna Sharma Music
1973 Karanth, K. ShivaramK. Shivaram Karanth Theatre
1974 Chattopadhyay, KamaladeviKamaladevi Chattopadhyay Theatre
1974 Ghosh, Jnan PrakashJnan Prakash Ghosh Music
1974 Subbulakshmi, M. S.M. S. Subbulakshmi Music
1975 Balasaraswati, T.T. Balasaraswati Dance
1975 Mehta, ZubinZubin Mehta# Music
1975 Parikh, Rasiklal ChhotalalRasiklal Chhotalal Parikh Theatre
1975 Shankar, RaviRavi Shankar Music
1975 Vijayaraghavachariar, Embar S.Embar S. Vijayaraghavachariar Music
1976 Ghosh, SantidevSantidev Ghosh Overall Contribution/Scholarship
1976 Iyer, Semmangudi SrinivasaSemmangudi Srinivasa Iyer Music
1977 Doctor, Hirjibhai RustomjiHirjibhai Rustomji Doctor Music
1978 Pillai, Tinuvengadu SubramaniaTinuvengadu Subramania Pillai Music
1978 Puttaswamayya, B.B. Puttaswamayya Theatre
1979 Deshpande, P. L.P. L. Deshpande Theatre
1979 Joshi, D. T.D. T. Joshi Music
1979 Mutatkar, SumatiSumati Mutatkar Music
1979 Pillai, T. P. KuppiahT. P. Kuppiah Pillai Dance
1980 Menon, V. K. NarayanaV. K. Narayana Menon Overall Contribution/Scholarship
1982 Chakyar, Mani MadhavaMani Madhava Chakyar Dance
1982 Mansur, MallikarjunMallikarjun Mansur Music
1984 Kirupanandawari, M.M. Kirupanandawari Music
1984 Mehta, ChandravadanChandravadan Mehta Theatre
1984 Tiwari, SiyaramSiyaram Tiwari Music
1986 Deekshithar, V. V. Swarna VenkatesaV. V. Swarna Venkatesa Deekshithar Music
1986 Kothari, KomalKomal Kothari Music
1986 Ramanathan, S.S. Ramanathan Music
1986 Ray, SatyajitSatyajit Ray Theatre
1989 Mangeshkar, LataLata Mangeshkar# Music
1990 Dutt, UtpalUtpal Dutt Theatre
1990 Gopal, RamRam Gopal Dance
1991 Daniélou, AlainAlain Daniélou Music
1991 Mohapatra, KelucharanKelucharan Mohapatra Dance
1991 Parthasarathy, T. S.T. S. Parthasarathy Overall Contribution/Scholarship
1992 Khan, Ali AkbarAli Akbar Khan Music
1992 Pattammal, D. K.D. K. Pattammal Music
1992 Sharma, Prem LataPrem Lata Sharma Music
1993 Karnad, GirishGirish Karnad# Theatre
1993 Sarabhai, MrinaliniMrinalini Sarabhai Dance
1994 Khan, BismillahBismillah Khan Music
1994 Menuhin, YehudiYehudi Menuhin Music
1994 Neog, MaheswarMaheswar Neog Overall Contribution/Scholarship
1995 Khan, VilayatVilayat Khan Music
1996 Chakyar, Ammannur MadhavaAmmannur Madhava Chakyar Dance
1996 Hangal, GangubaiGangubai Hangal Music
1996 Tanvir, HabibHabib Tanvir Theatre
1997 Sarkar, BadalBadal Sarkar Theatre
1998 Joshi, BhimsenBhimsen Joshi Music
1998 Maharaj, BirjuBirju Maharaj# Dance
1998 Pillai, K. P. KittappaK. P. Kittappa Pillai Dance
1998 Tendulkar, VijayVijay Tendulkar Theatre
2001 Balamuralikrishna, M.M. Balamuralikrishna Music
2001 Karanth, B. V.B. V. Karanth Theatre
2001 Satyam, Vempati ChinnaVempati Chinna Satyam Dance
2002 Khurana, ShannoShanno Khurana# Music
2002 Panicker, Kavalam NarayanaKavalam Narayana Panicker Theatre
2004 Chandralekha, Chandralekha Dance
2004 Devi, AnnapurnaAnnapurna Devi# Music
2004 Devi, BindhyabasiniBindhyabasini Devi Other performing arts[a]
2004 Nair, RamankuttyRamankutty Nair Dance
2004 Sehgal, ZohraZohra Sehgal Theatre
2004 Sen, TapasTapas Sen Theatre
2006 Bhate, RohiniRohini Bhate Dance
2006 Krishnan, T. N.T. N. Krishnan# Music
2006 Maharaj, KishanKishan Maharaj Music
2006 Singh, GursharanGursharan Singh Theatre
2006 Singh, N. KhelchandraN. Khelchandra Singh Dance
2007 Saxena, Sushil KumarSushil Kumar Saxena Overall Contribution/Scholarship
2008 Choudhury, KhaledKhaled Choudhury Theatre
2008 Devi, SitaraSitara Devi Dance
2008 Hazarika, BhupenBhupen Hazarika Music
2008 Mehta, R. C.R. C. Mehta Music
2009 Amonkar, KishoriKishori Amonkar# Music
2009 Jasraj, Jasraj# Music
2009 Jayaraman, LalgudiLalgudi Jayaraman Music
2009 Krishnamurthy, YaminiYamini Krishnamurthy# Dance
2009 Lagoo, ShriramShriram Lagoo# Theatre
2009 Tripathi, Kamlesh DuttKamlesh Dutt Tripathi# Theatre
2010 Devi, GirijaGirija Devi# Music
2010 Murthy, T. K.T. K. Murthy# Music
2010 Ramakrishna, NatarajaNataraja Ramakrishna Dance
2011 Chandrasekaran, M.M. Chandrasekaran# Music
2011 Chaurasia, HariprasadHariprasad Chaurasia# Music
2011 Gopi, KalamandalamKalamandalam Gopi# Dance
2011 Kambara, ChandrashekharaChandrashekhara Kambara# Theatre
2011 Kanhailal, HeisnamHeisnam Kanhailal Theatre
2011 Lath, MukundMukund Lath# Overall Contribution/Scholarship
2011 Sharma, ShivkumarShivkumar Sharma# Music
2011 Singh, Rajkumar SinghajitRajkumar Singhajit Singh# Dance
2011 Sivaraman, Umayalpuram K.Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman# Music
2011 Subrahmanyam, PadmaPadma Subrahmanyam# Dance
2012 Rajam, N.N. Rajam# Music
2012 Thiyam, RatanRatan Thiyam# Theatre
2012 Vinayakram, T. H.T. H. Vinayakram# Music
2013 Elkunchwar, MaheshMahesh Elkunchwar# Theatre
2013 Rele, KanakKanak Rele# Dance
2013 Sathyanarayana, R.R. Sathyanarayana# Dance
2014 Borkar, TulsidasTulsidas Borkar# Music
2014 Janakiraman, S. R.S. R. Janakiraman# Music
2014 Kichlu, Vijay KumarVijay Kumar Kichlu# Music
2014 Sathyu, M. S.M. S. Sathyu# Theatre
2015 Chandrasekhar, C. V.C. V. Chandrasekhar# Dance

See also[edit]

Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ Other performing arts include Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry


  1. ^ a b "National Academies: Sangeet Natak Akademi". National Portal of India. 9 December 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
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  3. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi: Constitution". New Delhi: Sangeet Natak Akademi. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "About Sahitya Akademi". Sahitya Akademi. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Lalit Kala Akademi: History". Lalit Kala Akademi. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Kuttiyattam Kendra". Kuttiyattam Kendra. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Post, Jennifer (2013). Ethnomusicology: A Research and Information Guide. Taylor & Francis. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-136-70518-2. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Sangeet Natak Akademi: Guidelines for SNA Awards". New Delhi: Sangeet Natak Akademi. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow". New Delhi: Sangeet Natak Akademi. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Acharya, Helen (23 April 2016). "Declaration of Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the Year 2015" (PDF) (Press release). New Delhi: Sangeet Natak Akademi. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 

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