Singer Anoop Jalota and 128 others receive the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

Anoop Jalota receives Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (Photo Credits- IANS)

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Renowned bhajan singer Anoop Jalota is among 128 eminent personalities from the field of performing arts who have won the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for 2019, 2020, 2021, it was announced late on Friday night.

Fondly known as the ‘Bhajan Samrat’, 69-year-old Jalota – who hails from Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow – has been selected for the Academy Award for 2020 in the music category, 10 years after he was awarded the Padma Shri.

“I am happy and humbled to see my name for the very prestigious Academy Award. Winning this award is a dream for every artiste and I am thankful to everyone for this great honour,” said Jalota in his first reaction.

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The General Council of the SNA or the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama met in New Delhi earlier this month and unanimously elected 10 distinguished persons as Akademi Fellows, each with an award of Rs 3,00,000.

The SNA also selected 128 artistes from the field of music, dance, theatre, traditional folk/tribal music/dance/theatre, puppetry and overall contribution to the performing arts for a period of three years, each of whom will receive Rs 1,00,000 .

The award winners include Vocal and Instrumental Music – both Hindustani and Carnatic, Flute, Sitar, Mridangam, Sugam Sangeet and Harikatha; All major Indian and contemporary dance forms; Theater activities including traditional ones like Christian Natakam, folk and tribal arts, puppetry and instrumental.

The award winners from across the country will soon be presented with the awards at the hands of President Draupadi Murmu at a special function.

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