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.
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)