1 - Artist Anjolie Ela Menon conferred the Kalidas Award
The Madhya Pradesh government has conferred noted artist Anjolie Ela Menon with the National Kalidas Samman for Visual Arts. The award was conferred in recognition of her insightful and sensitive portrayal of the identity and spirit of women through her meaningful paintings in a variety of media.
Menon is recipient of numerous national and international awards including the Padma Shri. She recently received a doctorate from Rabindra Bharati University. Artist A Ramachandran was also conferred with the Kalidas Award.
2 - Dr. TK Chand gets Knowledge Excellence Award
Dr. TK Chand received Knowledge Excellence Award from Secretary, Mines, Govt. of India for Outstanding Contribution in Aluminium Knowledge domain.
Dr. Chand focused on the role of non-ferrous metals in economy and briefed the gathering about the future prospect of Aluminium in India. He appealed to the Government to explore more mineable reserves of bauxite as the current rate is barely 17% of the deposit. A special NALCO booklet on Sustainable Mining titled ‘Mine with Mind’ was released at the International Conference at Ranchi, which was organized by Corporate Monitor.
3 - Aruna Sairam selected for the 'Sangita Kalanidhi' award
Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam has been selected for the 'Sangita Kalanidhi' award 2018. Veteran Mridangam artiste 'Thanjavur' R Ramadas was selected for the 'Sangita Kala Acharya' award. K Omana Kutty, who taught music for several years, was also selected for the 'Sangita Kala Acharya' award.
Kalyani Ganesan and SRG Rajanna was selected for 'TTK award'. Dr Prameela Gurumurthy was selected for the 'Musicologist' award. Eminent Bharathanatyam exponent and guru Shanta Dhananajayan was selected for the Dance award 'Nritya Kalanidhi'.
4 - Two Indians named among Ramon Magsaysay Award winners
Two Indians, Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk are among the six winners of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Award. The awards declared are regarded as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize.
Vatwani is being recognised for his courage in embracing India's mentally-afflicted destitutes. Wangchuk, has been recognised for his uniquely systematic, collaborative and community-driven reform of learning systems in remote northern India, improving the life opportunities of Ladakhi youth in Jammu and Kashmir. The others award winners are from Cambodia, East Timor, Philippines and Vietnam.