New Delhi: Seven eminent artistes from Karnataka, including city-based Vid. Mysore M. Manjunath, have been chosen for the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for 2016 for their contribution to the fields of music, theatre and puppetry. They are among the 43 awardees from various parts of the country.
The artistes are:
Neela Ramgopal (Karnatak vocal), Mysore M. Manjunath (Karnatak instrumental – Violin), Ratnamala Prakash (Sugama Sangeetha), Koushik Aithal (Yuva Purasksar – Hindustani Vocal), Ashwin Anand (Yuva Puraskar – Karnatak Instrumental – Veena), K. Govind Bhat (Yakshagana) and Dattatreya Aralikatte (Puppetry).
The Academy awards carry a purse of Rs. 1 lakh, a tamrapatra and an angavastram.
For the first time, the Sugama Sangeetha music form from Karnataka has been identified for the award and Ratnamala Prakash is the first recipient of the honour. Apart from numerous Bhavageetas (Sugama Sangeetha), she has sung many film songs over four decades. Ratnamala Prakash was the recipient of the Santa Shishunala Sharif award in 2016. “I dedicate the award to my illustrious father R.K. Srikantan and my mentor C. Ashwath,” she said.
Neela Ramgopal at 82 is among the senior-most Karnatak vocalists of Karnataka and a sought-after music teacher. A student of Sadagopalachari, N.M. Narayanan and T.K. Rangachary, she is the recipient of many awards, including one from Madras Music Academy.
From Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House, violinist Mysore M. Manjunath has performed across the globe. According to music critics, his style is marked by strict adherence to classicism, and a perfect blend of emotive appeal and intellectual sophistication.
Recipient of the Yuva Puraskar award, Koushik Aithal, is a promising young artiste from the State. He is the recipient of the prestigious Pt. Basavaraja Rajguru Yuva Puraskar from the Government of Karnataka.
Yakshagana & puppetry
Octogenarian K. Govind Bhat started his career in Thenku Thittu School of Yakshagana in 1951, and continues as a professional artiste in the Dharmasthala mela.
Popularly known as Datta, Dattatreya Aralikatte is a puppeteer and teacher. He heads Puthali Kalaranga (Puppet Theatre), a well-known traditional puppet theatre group.