Umakanta Bairagi Receives Akademi Award

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Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

New Delhi, April 14: President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards to traditional Tokari Geet and Dehbichar Geet singer of Assam Umakanta Bairagi for the year 2013 at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Bairagi was among the eight artists who were honoured with the Akademi’s Awards for their work in traditional, folk and tribal dance, music, theatre and puppetry. The Sangeet Natak Akademi awardees received a purse of Rs 1 lakh, an angavastram and a tamrapatra.

The President also conferred fellowships (Akademi Ratna) on Dr Kanak Rele, R Sathyanarayana, and Mahesh Elkunchwar. The fellows received a purse of Rs 3 lakh, an angavastram and a tamrapatra.

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