Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao, eminent scholar, academician, and writer was presented the title of 'Natya Kala Visaaradah' by veteran artist Vyjayanthimala Bali at the inaugural function of the 36th Natya Kala Conference on 26 December 2016 at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in Chennai. Y. Prabhu, General Secretary, SKGS and Natya Kala Conference Convenor Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram look on.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Radha and Raja Reddy, veteran Kuchipudi exponents, gurus and founders of Natya Tarangini in Delhi, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Kartik Fine Arts at the inauguration of the Natya Darshan confest convened by Krithika Subramaniam, on 16 December at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Auditorium in Chennai. Chitra Visweswaran, Member Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram and L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Kartik Fine Arts presented the awards. The Madurai N. Krishnan memorial award was presented to Rathna Papa Kumar--senior Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer and teacher based in Houston, Texas. The Nrithya Jyothi Award was presented to US-based Bharatanatyam dancer Madura Viswanath Vijay, and the Natya Sudar Award was bagged by young Bharatanatyam dancer Sudharma Vaidyanathan.
V.P. Dhananjayan appointed Dean
Natyacharya V.P. Dhananjayan has been appointed as the Dean of the Performing Arts section of the Chidambaram Annamalai University which offers graduate and post graduate degrees in the performing arts. Shanta Dhananjayan has been appointed faculty member.
Renowned bharatanatyam artist Narthaki Nataraj was conferred the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by the Periyar Maniammai University , Tanjavur during their 24th convocation on October 15, 2015.
MAC Charities Award
The 98th birth anniversary of Dr. M.A. Chidambaram Chettiar, was celebrated in Chennai on October 12, 2016. MAC Charities, presented awards to three exponents in the fields of art, entrepreneurship and literature. Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam was presented the Dr. M.A. Chidambaram Chettiar Award for her contributions to the field of bharatanatyam. Sridhar Vembu, founder and CEO, Zoho Corporation, was awarded the Dr. A.C.Muthiah award for excellence in first-generation entrepreneurship and Tamil scholar A. Arivunambi received the Dr. Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Award for his contribution to Tamil literature.