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Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for Satyabrata Rout

Satyabrata Rout has been awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for the year 2016. He is a professor from the Department of Theatre Arts, S N School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad (UoH). He has been awarded for developing a unique method of teaching and practicing direction and design achieved from his experience working with eminent theatre practitioners and scholars.

Satyabrata Rout is considered as one of the pioneers  of ‘visual theatre’ in India. He has a rich experience of directing a number of plays, participating in national and international theatre festivals and conducting a numerous theatre workshops across the globe.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Award) is an award given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. The award is the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artists. The award includes a purse of Rs 50000, besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram. The awards are being presented in the categories of music, dance, theatre, other traditional arts and puppetry.

Sangeet Natak Akademi

The Sangeet Natak Akademi was set up in 1953 for the promotion of performing arts. Setting up of Sangeet Natak Akademi is one of the main recommendations of the National conference on Dance, Drama, and Music, held in New Delhi in 1951. The Sangeet Natak Akademi is an Autonomous Body under the Ministry of Culture. It acts at the national level body for the promotion and growth of Indian music, dance and drama; maintenance of standards of training in the performing arts; recognition of outstanding artists; revival, preservation, documentation and dissemination of materials as well as instruments relating to various forms of music, dance and drama.

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India to Organise Cultural Festival in Egypt to mark Tagore’s 156th Birth Anniversary

India will organise Tagore cultural  Festival in Egypt to mark the 156th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore from May 8-12. Tagore Festival will be organised by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), which is the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo. The fest will be organised in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, Cairo Opera House, Cultural Production Sector, Dancers’ Guild and the Indian Community Association in Egypt. The festival will feature a dance show, film screening, a play and painting competition.  As a part of the festival, a dance drama based on Tagore’s work called ‘Chitrangada‘ will be performed by the Kolkata-based Dancers’ Guild. Chitrangada is the warrior princess in the epic, Mahabharata.

Egypt’s Connection

Tagore visited Egypt as a young adolescent in 1878 and later in 1926. Tagore was impressed by the strong literary trends of Egypt. On his visit, he met King Fouad and has interacted with many scholars in Alexandria and Cairo. He had an enduring friendship with Egyptian poet Ahmed Shawki and wrote a moving eulogy on his death in 1932. Tagore had also written about the beautiful relationship between the Nile River and the flourishing civilisation of Egyptians.

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was a famous Indian poet (1861-1941). He was the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his collection of poems, ‘Gitanjali‘. His poetry, novels, plays, short stories and essays are world famous and are widely read across the world. He has contributed immensely to Bengali literature and India’s literary heritage. Rabindranath Tagore had renounced his knighthood protesting against the Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre. Rabindranath Tagore was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore who was associated with the Brahmo Samaj.

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