Performing Arts Current Affairs - 2020

eCAPA 2019: First-ever Arts Exposition for talents with Intellectual Challenges

India’s first-ever Arts Exposition for talents with intellectual challenges called ‘eCAPA 2019 – Art from the Heart’ was inaugurated in New Delhi. This exposition will continue till 14 November 2019 at STIR Gallery, Chattarpur Farms.

About ‘eCAPA 2019 – Art from the Heart’

It is a unique nationwide platform cum social venture for artists blessed with Down Syndrome, Autism, Mental Retardation, Seizure Disorder and Dyslexia. It will showcase their visual and performing arts.

Objective:  The exposition seeks to create an exclusive platform for showcasing the visual and performing art talents of young adults with intellectual challenges.

Significance: During the event, the divyang artists will be presenting their varied skills in areas such as doodles, drawings, paintings, dance and music. It will also provide them with opportunities to find mentors in visiting artists and eminent masters of different crafts.

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships Awards for 2018 announced

Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, has elected 4 eminent personalities in field of Performing Arts namely tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, dancer Sonal Mansingh, dancer and choreographer Jatin Goswami and Bharatnatyam exponent K. Kalyanasundaram Pillai for the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellows or Akademi Ratna Awards for 2018. The fellowship, referred to as Akademi Ratna, is a coveted honour conferred on artists.

Key Highlights

The General Council of Sangeet Natak Akademi at its meeting held on 26 June 2019 at Guwahati, Assam unanimously elected 4 eminent personalities.

Akademi Puraskar for 2018: Akademi’s General Council also selected 44 artistes from field of Music, Dance, Theatre across Traditional, Folk, And Tribal Genres, Puppetry and overall contribution/scholarship to the performing arts for Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards or Akademi Puraskar for 2018. These 44 selected artists include 3 Joint Awards.

Akademi Awards 2018: in the field of-

  • Music- 11 artists have been selected
  • Dance- 9 eminent artists have been selected
  • Theatre- 9 eminent artists have been selected
  • Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre and Puppetry- 10 artists have been selected
  • Overall Contribution/Scholarship in Performing Arts- 2 are selelcted

About Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

It has been conferred since 1952 and is the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artists.

These honours not only symbolize highest standard of excellence and achievements, but also recognize sustained individual work and contribution.

Akademi Fellow honour carries a purse money of Rs.3,00,000/- (3 lakh)

Akademi Award honour carries Rs 1,00,000/- (1 lakh), besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.

The awards will be conferred by President of India at a special investiture ceremony.