Leading local cultural organization and institute Chhayanaut was conferred the Indian government’s prestigious Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for 2015 at a programme in New Delhi on Monday.
Chhayanaut President Dr Sanjida Khatun received the award from Indian President Ramnath Kovind at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, said a press release from Chhayanaut.
Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony, initiated in 2012, is given annually and comprises of Rs one crore rupee, a citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft item.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma were present at the function.
Accepting the award, Dr Khatun said, ‘It is a big award and an inspiration to us. It will inspire us to work harder to promote culture and enlighten the young in cultural education.’
She said Chhayanaut was founded in 1961 at a time when Pakistan tried to control and make the art and literature of Bangalis subservient.
Veteran Indian choreographer Rajkumar Singhajit Singh and sculptor Ram Sutar Vanji also received the award for 2014 and 2016 respectively at the function.
The Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony was instituted by the government of India from 2012 recognising the contributions made by Rabindranath Tagore to humanity at large with his works and ideas as part of the Commemoration of his 150th Birth Anniversary in 2012, for promoting values of Cultural Harmony.
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