Violinist N Rajam and percussionist T H Vinayakram are among the three eminent artists chosen by the Sangeet Natak Akademi as its fellows. Theatre personality from Manipur Rattan Thiyam is the third recipient of this honour.
From the the field of dance, nine practitioners have been chosen for the award. They are Priyadarsini Govind (bharatanatyam), Vijay Shankar (kathak), Vazhengada Vijayan (kathakali), Vedantam Ramalinga Sastry (kuchipudi), Sharmila Biswas (odissi), Jai Narayan Samal (chhau), Painkulam Damodara Chakyar (kutiyattam), Jwala Prasad (music for dance) and Aditi Mangaldas (creative & experimental dance).
In the field of Theatre, eight eminent artists have been selected for Akademi Awards 2012.
They include Arjun DeoCharan for playwriting, Tripurari Sharma and Waman Kendre for direction, Parvesh Sethi, Nirmal Rishi and Purisai Kannappa Sambandan for acting, Murari Roychoudhury for theatre music and Ghulam Rasool Bhagat in the major traditions of theatre category.
Apart from Goru Channabasappa (Karnataka), seven artistes have also been selected in the folk category.