Nishagandhi Puraskaram For Dr Padma Subrahmanyam
On Jan 19, 2015
|Trivandrum: The Nishagandhi Puraskaram for this year has been bestowed on celebrated Bharatanatyam exponent Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam for her contribution to Indian classical dance. The award carries a purse of Rs.150,000, citation and a statuette.
Known for her distinctive style and versatility, Dr Subrahmanyam has performed at various prestigious venues and festivals across the globe. "Dr Padma Subrahmanyan is without doubt one of the finest exponents of Bharatanatyam in the country and has played a significant role in reinvigorating the dance form across the world," said Kerala Tourism Minister A P Anilkumar while announcing the award.
Instituted by the Tourism Department of Kerala Government, the annual Nishagandhi Puraskaram honours eminent personalities in the fields of dance and music.
"Her influence on generations of young people to learn and sustain our rich classical traditions is phenomenal," Anilkumar said.
Dr Subrahmanyan is also known for her meticulous research into Indian classical dances. She is the recipient of several awards and honours, including the Padma Shri in 1981 and the Padma Bhushan in 2003.
The Nishagandhi Puraskaram is presented as part of the annual Nishagandhi Festival organised by the state Department of Tourism every year in Thiruvananthapuram.
The award, selected by jury members including Vice-Chancellor of the Malayalam University and the former Chief Secretary, K Jayakumar, Senior Journalist Gouridasan Nair, and Sheikh Pareeth will be presented to Dr Subrahmanyan on January 20, the opening day of the Nishagandhi Festival in the state capital.
The inaugural Nishagandhi Puraskaram was presented to eminent classical dancer and choreographer Mrinalini Sarabhai in 2013.