Manipuri dance and traditional folk music artistes Manju Elangbam and Ahongshangbam Aneshori Devi were conferred Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2018 at the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar presentation ceremony by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi at Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA) auditorium. Governor Dr Najma Heptulla presented the prestigious award to the two Manipuri artistes and 30 others artistes from various states
Manju Elangbam, is also a recipient of Manipur State Kala Akademi Yuva Award, 2012. He obtained PhD in Manipuri dance from Visva-Bharti University. He was conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2018 for his notable talent in Manipuri dance. Ahongshangbam Aneshori Devi bagged Young Talent Award conferred by Manipur State Kala Akademi in 2014 and Young Talent Award by AMACSU in 2015.
Governor Najma Heptulla said, ‘Keeping the local dance and music forms alive is important, and therefore paying homage to the artistes and to the heritage is important. We must ensure the survival of our traditional art, our dance forms and our music. We should encourage our youth to keep these skills and creativity alive and robust. The Ustad Bismillah Khan Puraskar is such a step and the effort of SNA in this direction is commendable.’
The Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar presentation ceremony was held for the first time in Manipur. Various Hindustani music, dance, theatre as well as traditional folk, tribal music and puppetry performances will be part of the festival, which will conclude on August 23.