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Prestigious SaMaPa Awards 2015 announced
New Delhi, India, November 18, 2015
SaMaPa 2015 Awardees - Pt. Rajan Mishra, Pt. Sajan Mishra, Meeta Pandit, Ravindrer Kaul & Manu Jagmohan Singh
SaMaPa (Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts), the well known music academy of India by music legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori, today announced the names of the recipients of this year’s SaMaPa awards, the exclusive national level honours pertaining to Jammu & Kashmir. The awards will be given on 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2015 during the 11th edition of the Academy’s Annual festival, the SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan, one of the topmost classical music festivals of the country. Pandit Rajan Mishra, Pandit Sajan Mishra, Ravinder Kaul, NRI Institute, Manu Jagmohan Singh and Meeta Pandit have been selected for the SaMaPa Awards 2015.
SaMaPa is a cultural movement translating from a deep rooted vision of its Chairman, the great music legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori, and the tireless efforts of the members of Board in creating a unique, unbiased and empowering national level platform for presentation, propagation, and teaching of traditional music and performing arts for the artists and the young talents. SaMaPa is acclaimed as a Cultural Bridge of the State of Jammu & Kashmir with rest of the country and to have created a new generation of music connoisseurs.
The prestigious ‘SaMaPa Vitasta Award’, which carries cash honour of Rs. 50,000 is being conferred upon the veteran vocalists Pandit Rajan Mishra & Pandit Sajan Mishra for their lifetime contribution to Hindustani classical music (Vocal). The prestigious ‘SaMaPa Acharya Abhinavgupt Samman’, which carries cash award of Rs. 11,000 is being conferred upon Ravinder Kaul from Jammu & Kashmir for his significant contribution for over 30 years to the field of art and culture as a critic & journalist. The prestigious ‘SaMaPa Kala Vardhan Samman’ is being conferred upon NRI Institute for its significant contribution towards the growth, development & promotion of Indian art & culture and connecting Indian Diaspora for last 25 years. The award will be received by Manu Jagmohan Singh, Secretary General of NRI Institute who will also be honoured for his work and vision. The ‘SaMaPa Yuva Ratan Samman’, which carries cash award of Rs. 11,000 will be conferred upon Meeta Pandit, one of the foremost vocalists of the younger generation for her significant achievements and works in the field of Hindustani classical music (Vocal).
The announcement was made by the General Secretary of SaMaPa and music maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori in New Delhi. He said that the awards will be presented during SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan 2015 by music legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori and many other dignitaries.
SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan 2015 is featuring some of the greatest legacies of India music like Dilli, Ajrada, Gaya, Banaras, Gwalior, Maihar & the Sufiana Gharana of Kashmir. The festival will feature a galaxy of some of the top ranking musicians of India like Pt. Bhajan Sopori, Pt. Rajan & Pt. Sajan Mishra, Pt. L.K. Pandit, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan and Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan together with their next generation stars like Abhay Rustum Sopori, Ritesh & Rajnish Mishra, Meeta Pandit, Salil Bhatt, Akram Khan & others. The festival is also a gateway for the young musicians with exceptional talent getting their first stage in a prestigious festival along with senior legendary maestros of the country. This year again a number of young musicians will be getting their first major break.