Applications Invited

Central Lalithakala Academy, New Delhi, has invited applications from arts associations/organisations to obtain financial grants. The last date for the receipt of applications is September 25. Applications can be obtained from Karnataka Lalithakala Academy, Kannada Bhavan, J.C. Road, Bangalore – 560002. Ph: 2215297

Rangayana to showcase state’s rich culture

In a first-of-its-kind package, the upcoming Dasara tourist and festival season will see Karnataka offer foreigners and out-of-towners an array of its rich culture, heritage and arts through the efforts of the theatre repertory ‘Rangayana’ in Mysore. For the past two years, work is being done here to have an integrated cultural complex featuring all art forms. The center aims to encourage collaboration among various spheres of art and promote boundaryless art forms. For more details, call 95-821-2512639

Three decades of Smt. Padmini Rao

Ponnaiah Lalithakala Academy organized a special function Trimshathi Sambhrama on 3 August 2003 to celebrate 30 years of Smt Padmini Rao in dance at Ravindra Kalakshetra.

The invitation had all the senior dancers and the critics as special invitees…???!!!

Karnataka Ganakala Parishat-Awards

Parishat Puraskara

Renowned vocalists Pandit Vinayak Torvi and Vidwan S. Shankar have won the Parishat Puraskara for their Jugalbandi performance in the just concluded 34th Music Conference of the Karnataka Ganakala Parishat. Other winners at the music conference were: S. Rajalakshmi (Best main artist-Veena), Dr. S. Jyotsna (Violin), V. Krishna (Mridanga), A. S. N. Swamy (Khanjira), and D. Balakrishna (Best lecture demonstration). They were also awarded with cash prizes.

Ganakala Bhushan and Gana Kalashri awards

The 34th Music Conference of the Karnataka Ganakala Parishat was presided over by well-known percussionist T. A. S. Mani and the Young Musician’s conference was presided over by noted violinist Nalina Mohan. They were conferred the Ganakala Bhushan and Gana Kalashri awards respectively.


Yakshapanchami, a five-day Yakshagana programme was organized by Yakshakalamandalam from 15 to 19 August in an attempt to popularize this traditional art. Yakshagana performances, Yakshagana Sangeetha, Thaala-maddale and a seminar were organized at Gayana Samaj, Bangalore and in Rangayana, Mysore.

The performing artists included Subramanya Dhareshwara, Durgappa Gudigar, Shankar Bhagwath, Gopal Achari, Keremane Ganapathi Bhat and many others.

Cultural Talent Scholarships from Govt. of India

The Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), Govt. of India under its ‘Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme’ invites applications from children in the 10-14 age group, for the award of scholarships in various artistic fields. Students studying either in recognized schools or belonging to families practicing traditional, performing and other arts are chosen. The scholarship continues till 20 years of age or 1st year of University degree, whichever is earlier.

The scholarship is awarded initially for two years and then renewed every two years based on the performance of the child. The student’s scholarship is Rs. 200 per month. In addition the Guru’s tuition fee (a maximum of Rs. 200 per month) is also reimbursed. A total number of 300 scholarships are offered every year.

The application forms are available at the Centre free of cost. They can also be downloaded from the website: The last date for the submission of applications is 31 October.

Nrityagram’s Residential Dance Training Programme

Nrityagram, the dance village at Hessaraghatta, will start a residential training programme in Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kathak. Classes will begin in October 2003. Nee-Win Hershall, an alumnus of Kalakshetra, is the residential teacher under the guidance of Leela Samson. For details visit: or call 846613/14.