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Guv Dr Najma Heptulla presents Ustad Bismillah Khan Puraskar

Imphal, Aug 19 (UNI) Dr Najma Heptulla, Governor presented today the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Ceremony conferred to Manju Elangbam the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, 2018 in the field of Manipuri Dance.
A. Aneshori Devi was given Yuva Puraskar in the field of Traditional & Folk Dance.
Addressing the function held at JNMDA hall here organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi she said the award was instituted by the Sangeet Natak Akademi in the year, 2006 to be awarded annually to young and upcoming artistes who have demonstrated notable talent in the fields of music, dance and drama. The Award is conferred upon artistes below the age of 40 years.
The Akademi’s uniqueness lies in its all-India character, covering every form of performing art in every part of the country she said. It is not limited to classical music and dance and the urban theatre alone but also covers the folk and traditional arts of rural India in their multifarious forms.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy is a constituent unit of SNA and in its remarkable journey of 64 years since inception, it has come to be regarded as a premier Manipuri Dance Institute in the country as well as abroad.
Under the patronage of SNA, the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy is growing from strength to strength and it continues to draw its inspiration from the rich culture of the State. Till date, JNMDA has produced many eminent artistes who are counted amongst the ‘Who’s Who’ in the world of Manipuri culture. It has been working alongwith the people, pursuing constantly the agenda for preservation and promotion of Manipuri Dance and Music she said.
Art forms and traditions have taken long years to evolve. Dance and music symbolizing joys and jubilations of generations hold the imprints of their long social and cultural history and tradition she added.
Artistes of every generation have interpreted them and further enriched the tradition. Without them and their dedication, probably we would have been at a loss, disconnected with our past and strong roots. Keeping them alive is, therefore, a magnificent form of paying homage to our artistes and to our heritage.she added.
There is no other better way to safeguard them than providing opportunities for performance and ensuring favourable conditions for the artistes who keep these traditions alive. In our march towards progress and prosperity, our cultural riches are assets that make us proud, beautiful and relevant she added.
We must ensure the survival of our traditional art, our dance forms and our music. We should encourage our youth to keep these skills and creativity alive and robust she concluded.
Shekhar Sen, Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Rita Swami Choudhary, Secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi also attended the function.
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