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Sumitra Charat Ram Award

SUMITRA CHARAT RAM AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra has completed more than six decades of dedicated work in promoting and propagating various forms of Indian Classical Music and Dance. The Kendra, which started in a small way in 1952, has during the past 65 years emerged as one of the leading cultural organizations of the country.

 

A large part of the Kendra’s success is attributable to the untiring work, inspiration and guidance provided by its Founder Smt. Sumitra Charat Ram. To recognize her invaluable contribution, the Kendra has instituted an annual Award in her name.

 

The salient features of the Sumitra Charat Ram Award are as follows:

 

1. NAME OF THE AWARD

 

The Award is known as the ‘SUMITRA CHARAT RAM AWARD for Lifetime Achievement.

 

2. PRESENTATION OF AWARD

 

The Presentation Ceremony takes place every year at Kamani Auditorium on 17th November on the occasion of the birthday of Smt. Sumitra Charat Ram.

 

3. THE AWARD

 

The Award carries a purse of Rs.2,00,000/- a Citation, a Shawl and a Silver Plaque.

 

The cash value of the Award may be enhanced from time to time as may be felt appropriate by the Governing Council.

 

4. CRITERIA OF AWARD

 

The Award is given to individuals, who have excelled in the field of Indian Classical Dance and Music or other disciplines of Indian Art and Culture including theatre and who had a significant impact in promoting his / her particular art form.

 

5. ELIGIBILITY

 

  1. The Award is open to persons of all nationalities, race, caste, religion or creed and is gender neutral.
  2. There is no lower or upper age limit for nominations for the Award
  3. The most important criteria for selecting the Awardee is the Individuals ‘s achievements in his / her professional career during the last 15 years prior to the date of consideration for the Award.
  4. An Association, Institution or Organisation is not eligible for the Award.

 

RECIPIENTS OF SCR AWARD (2010 - 2016)

The prestigious Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement was first instituted in 2010 and was presented to Pt. Birju Maharaj, the doyen of Kathak Dance on 21st February 2011. In the subsequent years, the Award has been given to:

 

Smt. Kishori Amonkar – Hindustani Vocal Music

Shri Mayadhar Raut – Odissi Dance

Smt. Kumudini Lakhia – Kathak Dance

Pt. Jasraj – Hindustani Vocal Music

Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia – Hindustani Instrumental Music (Flute)

Updates
The prestigious SUMITRA CHARAT RAM AWARD for Lifetime Achievement for 2017 will be presented to the eminent Hindustani vocalist Smt Girija Devi (posthumously) on 17 November 2017 in Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. The Award was decided by the Governing Council of the Kendra in the month of August and was accepted by Girija Devi ji. Due to her sad demise meanwhile on October 24, the award will be received by her daughter Dr Sudha Datta (Munni ji). The Award will be presented by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon'ble Minister of State(I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India at a special function on 17 November at 6.45 pm. The presentation ceremony will be followed by a musical tribute by disciples of the late Smt Girija Devi. All are welcome.

 

The prestigious SUMITRA CHARAT RAM AWARD for Lifetime Achievement for 2017 will be presented to the eminent Hindustani vocalist Smt Girija Devi (posthumously) on 17 November 2017 in Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. The Award was decided by the Governing Council of the Kendra in the month of August and was accepted by Girija Devi ji. Due to her sad demise meanwhile on October 24, the award will be received by her daughter Dr Sudha Datta (Munni ji). The Award will be presented by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon'ble Minister of State(I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India at a special function on 17 November at 6.45 pm. The presentation ceremony will be followed by a musical tribute by disciples of the late Smt Girija Devi. All are welcome.