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Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards
The Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowships and awards for 2002 were presented at the 50th Investiture Ceremony on 6 July in Mumbai. The President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, presented the SNA awards to eminent personalities in the field of the performing arts. Mohammed Fazal, Governor of Maharashtra; Jagmohan, Union Minister for Tourism & Culture; Chhagan Bhujbal, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Ashok Chavan, Minister for Cultural Affairs, Transport, Port & Protocol, Government of Maharashtra; Bhupen Hazarika, Chairman SNA; Shyamanand Jalan, Vice-Chairman SNA; and Jayant Kastuar, Secretary, SNA; were part of the distinguished gathering present on the occasion.
The SNA awards are presented for distinguished contribution to the performing arts and are broadly classified under the categories of Music (Carnatic, Hindustani, vocal, instrumental, creative); Dance (various classical idioms, creative); Theatre; Traditional/Folk/Tribal - Music, Dance Theatre and Puppetry. There are awards for "overall contribution to the performing arts" and for "performing arts in the media".
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