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Nishagandhi Puraskaram presented to Bharati Shivaji
  • January 2017

Celebrated Mohiniyattom Danseuse Padma Shri Bharati SHivaji, on January 20, was presented the prestigious ‘Nishagandhi Puraskaram’ by Kerala government in recognition of her oust standing  contribution to the Indian Classical dance.  

Kerala Governor Rtd Justice Shri Sdasivam presented the award to Bharati Shivaji at the inaugural ceremony of the Nishangandhi dance festival 2017  organized by the Kerala Tourism Department. The award comprises Rs 1,50,000, a citation and a statuette.

Mr. Kadakampally SUrendran, Minister for Tourism and Cooperation Kerala presided over the funcation, while Dr. Venu V IAS welcomed the gathering and Mr. M. Raghudasan, Addl. Director of Kerala Tourism proposed vote of thanks. The judging committee members, Padma Shri Sunil Kothari and former Kerala Chief Minister Shri. C.P. Nair were also present on the occasion.

Smt. Aruna Mohanty, famous Oddissi  dancer presented the opening performance of the festival. Today, on Jan 21, 2017 Dr. Neena Prasad will perform Mohiniyattom followed by Kuchipudi performance e by Srimayi Vempatty.  

Photo by Bivin Lal 

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