Classical Music Current Affairs

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia receives 2016 Sumitra Charat Ram Award

Noted flautist Pandit Hari Prasad Chourasia (78) was conferred 2016 Sumitra Charat Ram Award for lifetime achievement in the field of Indian classical music.

The prestigious award bestowed upon him by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung at a function held in New Delhi.

About Pandit Hari Prasad Chourasia

  • Chaurasia had started learning vocal music at the tender age of 15 from his neighbour Pandit Rajaram.
  • Later, he had switched over to playing the classical flute under the tutelage of Pandit Bholanath Prasanna of Varanasi. He plays in the North Indian tradition.
  • He joined the All India Radio (AIR), Cuttack, Odisha in 1957 and worked as a composer and performer.
  • Awards and Honours: Sangeet Natak Academy (1984), Padma Bhushan (1992), Yash Bharati Sanman (1994), Padma Vibhushan (2000), Dinanath Mangeshkar Award (2000) etc.

About Sumitra Charat Ram Award

  • The prestigious award has been named after Sumitra Charat Ram who had played a key role in revival of the performing arts traditions, specially kathak and Hindustani music in north India.
  • It is bestowed upon individuals who have excelled in field of Indian classical dance and music or other disciplines of Indian art and culture, including theatre during last 15 years.
  • The award carries a purse, citation, shawl and a silver plaque. The past recipients include Pt Birju Maharaj (kathak), Kishori Amonkar (Hindustani vocal), Mayadhar Raut (Odissi), Pt Jasraj (Hindustani vocal) and Kumudini Lakhia (kathak).

Note: Sumitra Charat Ram was also the founder of Shiram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, one of the country’s premier institutions of performing arts.


Shubha Mudgal selected for Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award

Singer Shubha Mudgal has been selected for the prestigious the 23rd Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award 2016.

She will be bestowed with this award for her outstanding contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill.

About Shubha Mudgal

  • Shubha Mudgal is a well-known Indian singer of Hindustani classical music, Thumri, Khayal, Dadra and popular Indian pop music.
  • She was also awarded the 1996 National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Music Direction for ‘Amrit Beej’. She was honoured with Padma Shri in 2000.

About Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award

  • The Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award is given on 20 August i.e. the occasion of the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India.
  • The award was instituted by All India Congress Committee (AICC) of the Indian National Congress Party in 1992. The award carries a citation and cash award of Rs 10 lakh.
  • It was instituted to commemorate the lasting contribution made by Rajiv Gandhi to promote peace, communal harmony and fight against violence.
  • Former recipients are Mother Teresa, Mohd Yunus, Lata Mangeshkar, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Sunil Dutt and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan etc.