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Aalami Farogh-e-Urdu Award

This is an annual award given by the Majlis-e-farogh-e-Urdu-Adab, a literary organisation based in Qatar. Each year two awards are given, one each to an Indian and a Pakistani litterateur in the fields like Urdu Fiction, Poetry, Criticism, Etc. The 2008 Award was presented to renowned Pakistani fiction writer, Mohamed Mansha Yaad and Indian critic and playwright Prof Varis Alavi at a ceremony in Doha on May 15, 2008. Instituted in 1996, the award carries a gold medal and a cash prize of Rs300,000 equally divided to two leading writers each from India and Pakistan. The previous recipients from India incude Prof. Gopi Chand Narang, Prof. Mughni Tabassum, Jogender Paul and Jeelani Bano.


Aditya Vikram Birla Kalashikhar / Kalakiran Puraskar

Sangit Kala Kendra (SKK) was founded in 1973 by late Shri Aditya Vikram Birla to encourage and nurture the various performing arts. Since its inception the Kendra has been presenting prestigious art events and thereby has acquired recognition as one of the premier cultural institutions of the country.

SKK instituted in the year 1996, the "Aditya Vikram Birla Kalashikhar Puraskar" in memory of its founder President. This award is conferred on as artist in the visual or performing arts for lifetime achievement and comprises a cash award of Rs. 2.0 lacs, a memento and a scroll of honour. This year, that is 2010, it is proposed to present the award in the field of "Indian Theatre". It will be awarded to a living, senior and reputed artist.

In addition to the above, awards of the "Aditya Birla Kalakiran Puraskar" would be presented to two young and promising artists in the above field. The artists should be citizens of India, between the age of 25 to 40 years, and have a promising future. The puraskar comprises a cash award of Rs.50,000/-, a memento and a scroll of honour.

In the past the renowned artists who have been awarded the Kala Shikhar Puraskar are :

Pandit Jasraj (2009)
Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao (2008)
Smt. Mrinalini Sarabhai (2007)
Shri K. G. Subramanyan (2006)
Dr. Gangubai Hangal (2005)
Shri Purshottam Das Jalota (2004)
Smt. Tejan Bai and Shri Jeeva Soma Maashe (2003)
Sh. Sankho Choudhuri (2002)
Sh. Habib Tanvir (2001)
Pt. Bhimsen Joshi (2000)
Pt. Ram Narayan (1999)
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra (1998)
Sh. M.F.Hussain (1997)
Kum. Lata Mangeshkar (1996)


Ramnath Goenka Award

Thirty-one journalists from print and broadcast media, including Siddharth Varadarajan of The Hindu and Arnab Goswami of TimesNow, were conferred the Ramnath Goenka Awards for excellence in journalism by President Pratibha Patil on July 23, 2010. While Varadarajan was conferred with the 'Journalist of the Year' award in the print media category, Goswami won the honours for broadcast journalism.

The award for excellence in political reporting in the print was shared by Aditi Phadnis (Business Standard) and Pranab Dhal Samanta (The Indian Express), while Ajit Anjum of News24 channel won it in the broadcast category.

Jiji Paul of Malayala Manorama won the award in 'Uncovering India Invisible' category in print, Kamal Khan of NDTV India was the awardee from broadcast media.

The Award for Hindi Journalism went to Geetashree of Outlook newsmagazine (print) and Abhisar Sharma of Aaj Tak (broadcast).

Harneet Singh of The Indian Express and Rohit Khanna and Suresh Mathew of CNN-IBN won the honours in the Film and Television Journalism category.

The regional language category awards went to Abhijit Ghorpade of Marathi daily Loksatta and Chunduri Venkata Satyanarayana of TV9 news channel.

Chameli Devi Jain Award

The 2010 Chameli Devi Jain award for �Outstanding Woman Media Person� was presented to a former Tehelka correspondent from Thiruvananthapuram, Shahina K.K, in March 2011 for her �demonstrated ability to focus on issues that have deep social consequences impacting lives and concerns of ordinary people.�

Ms. Shahina, who has 13 years of experience in print and television media and is presently writing for Open magazine, accepted the award after thanking the jury which comprised broadcast personality Jai Chandiram, the former Director-General Doordarshan and founder-Director of Lok Sabha TV, Bhaskar Ghose, and distinguished sociologist Dipankar Gupta.

The 2009 Awards were presented to eminent journalists Shoma Chaudhury of Tehelka and Monalisa Changkija of Nagaland Page.


Deshikottam Award

The 'Deshikottam' Is The Highest Award of The Viswa Bharati University. The 2008 Award was conferred on the former King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuk. Among others who will be conferred the award are former Visva Bharati Vice-Chancellor, Amlan Dutta, economist J. Endrez, historian Irfan Habib and theatre personality Habib Tanvir.

Dinanath Award

Veteran actor Dharmendra was honoured with the Dinanath Mangeshkar Award for 2011 conferred by the Mangeshkar family. The 2010 Award was given to Kajol.

Indira Priyadarshani Award

Dr Gummadi Samuel Mossane, principal of the Arts College in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh was  conferred with the prestigious Indira Priyadarshani Award 2010.

Jamnalal Bajaj Awards

The Jamnalal Bajaj Awards are instituted by the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation and are given every year for outstanding contributions in the fields of constructive work; application of science and technology; uplift and welfare of women and children and for promoting Gandhian values outside India. The award carries a citation, a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh.

The 2010 Awards were given to Chewang Norphel, a 74-year-old civil engineer from Ladakh, for application of science and technology for rural development. His 'artificial glacier' has helped farmers in the dry and difficult region of Ladakh get water supply in April and May � the most crucial period of sowing. Chunibhai Vaidya, a nonagenarian from Ahmedabad, was given the award for outstanding contribution in the field of constructive work. The oldest living Gandhian, Mr. Vaidya has been active in many movements in Gujarat and Rajasthan for betterment of the poor and the marginalised. He has also authored several books.The award for development and welfare of women and children was given to Shakuntala Choudhary, a nonagenarian from Assam. She has trained thousands of gram sevikas through Kasturba Centres throughout the State, and also worked for maintaining peaceful and harmonious relations among various social groups. The award for promoting Gandhian values outside India was given to Lia Diskin from Brazil. Ms. Diskin has formed a non-governmental organisation for community-oriented programmes in education, healthcare, human rights, environmental preservation, social welfare and cultural peace.


Hafiz Ali Khan Award

The Award was instituted by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan in memory of his father. The Award For 2009 was given to John-McLaughlin.

Kalpana Chawla Awards 

Renowned Kathak dancer Shovana Narain and fashion Designer Ritu Beri are among the 11 recipients of the Kalpana Chawla Excellence Awards for 2010. The others in the list include Padma Vibhushan awardee Kapila Vatsyayan, theatre personality, Neeta Mohindra. Kanwaljeet Deol, Reena Kaushal Dhanshaktu and Mohini Giri.

The awards have been instituted by PECOBA (Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh Old Boys Association) and are given to women achievers annually in the memory of Chawla, the Indian-American NASA astronaut  who was one of seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003.

The awards are presented by Kalpana's father Banarasi Lal Chawla every year at the Annual Homage Function at the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Auditorium.


Kamal Kumar Kumari Award

The Kamal Kumar Kumari national awards for 2009, instituted  by the Kamal Kumari foundation, were given to noted artist Begum Parween Sultana Khan (art and culture) and Professor Roddam Narasimha (science and technology). Noted scribe Radhika Mohan Bhagawati has been selected for the 'Shiva Prasad Barooah national award' in journalism field. The award amount is Rs two lakh alongwith a citation and trophy.

Maharana Mewar Foundation Awards

Maharana Mewar Foundation announced annual awards for 2009, including 2 international and 4 national awards. The international award, instituted in 1996 and named after Col. James Tod, is to honour a foreign national who has made a lasting contribution through his work. It carries a cash prize of Rs 51,001, a silver citation and a ceremonial shawl, while the national prize carries a cash prize of Rs 25,001, a silver citation and a ceremonial shawl. The awardees are Chairman of British Library Sir Colin Lucas, British businessman Sir Gulam Noon, Child Rights activist Prof Shantha Sinha, award-winning Indian film actress and filmmaker Nandita Das, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences Shailesh Nayak, CEO and Editor-in-Chief heading all media related activities of the Sahara India Pariwar Sanjeev Srivastava.

Ramkrishna Jaidayal Dalmia Shreevani Alankar

The Ramkrishna Jaidayal Dalmia Shreevani Alankar for Sanskrit literature has been awarded to Pt Mohan Lal Pandey and Prof Piyushkant Dixit (2009) and Prof Hare Krishna Satapathy and Dr Dhanurdhar Jha (2010) for their contribution to Sanskrit literature.

The award was presented by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar at a function in New Delhi on February 26, 2011. The awards comprise Rs 2 lakh in cash, a citation, an idol of Shreevani, Mangalvastra and Shreephal. The selection board is headed by former CJI Ranganath Mishra and has six eminent scholars of Sanskrit on it. Three foreign scholars also assess the work.


Rekha Jain Bal Rang Samman

The Rekha Jain Bal Rang Samman was given to author, playwright and editor of children's literature Harikrishna Devsare and director Bansi Kaul. The awards were instituted by Rekha Jain, founder director of children's theatre group Umang, to recognise contributions in the field. After her death in early 2010, Umang renamed the award in her memory. Renowned poet and Jnanpeeth awardee, poet Kunwar Narayan gave away the awards. It was followed by Umang's workshop production �Kisse Afanti Ke.� The award is a tiny step towards giving children's theatre its due took place.

SaMaPa Awards

Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and renowned violinist N Rajam have been conferred major honours for 2010 by the Sopori Academy of Music and Performing Arts (SaMaPa). Both Khan and Rajam have been named the 'SaMaPa Vitasta' for their lifetime contribution in the field of Indian Classical Instrumental Music. Veteran singer Abdul Rashid Qureshi has been awarded 'SaMaPa Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohd Abdullah Award' for his dedication and contribution in the field of Pahari and Gojri music (Kashmir) while the 'SaMaPa Acharya Abhinavgupt Samman' goes to Mukesh Garg for his work as a musicologist and critic. The prestigious 'SaMaPa Vitasta Award' is the first ever National level honour pertaining to Kashmir.

Sangeetvikas Award

The 'Sangeetvikas Award 2010' instituted by 'Samakalika Sangeetham', the bilingual/half yearly journal for music, has been awarded to 'essentials of musicology in south Indian Music', authored by Prof S R Janakiraman of Chennai.  The award carries a cash prize, a citation and a painting by artist Kodankandath Antony Francis, has been instituted for the outstanding work in musicology in Malayalam/Hindi/english during the last two year.

Saraswati Samman Award

The Saraswati Samman Award, instituted by the K. K. Birla foundation, is given to the author of a work written in the past 10 years in any of the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. The award comprises of Rs 7.5 lakh, a citation and a plaque. Well Known Kannada novelist Professor S L Bhyrappa has been choosen for 20th Saraswati Samman for his novel 'Mandra' for year 2010. K.K Birla Foundation announced his name on Tuesday, 5th April,2011.The novel "Mandra" was published in 2002 . It has been selected among all the literary work published in last 10 years(2000-2009) in 22 different Indian languages.

Seema Nazareth Award

Journalist Devjyot Ghoshal was conferred Business Standard-Seema Nazareth award for 2009 for his news reports on transport sector.  The award for excellence in print journalism -- given to a reporter of the newspaper every year -- was instituted 11 years ago in the memory of Seema Nazareth, who worked with the Business Standard till she died. Her father P A Nazareth, a former Ambassador of India, said he initiated the move to institute the award because he wanted young talents to get recognition.  He also said that a fund has been created in her name that is given to the institutes who promote young girls in the country.

Ustad Ashique Ali Khan memorial

Eminent classical musicians including Tabla player Ustad Faiyaz Khan and Santoor player Pandit Bhajan Sopori were awarded by the Ustad Ashique Ali Khan memorial society on February 26, 2010.  While the tabla maestro was given the 'Taal Samrat' award, Sopori was honoured with the 'Sangeet Bhushan' award.

Along with the two veterans, young Sarangi player Murad Ali Khan was awarded with the title of 'Sarangi Ratna' and Lokesh Anand was felicitated with the 'Shehnai Ratna' award.

The society which was founded in 2000, a year after the death of renowned Sarangi maestro Ustad Ashique Ali Khan by his family aims at "encouraging young talent and honouring the veterans".


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