Waheed Jeelani among SaMaPa award winners

Waheed Jeelani among SaMaPa award winners

Srinagar, Nov 20: Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts (SaMaPa ), of Pandit Bhajan Sopori and Abhay Rustum Sopori on Monday announced the names of the recipients of this year’s SaMaPa awards.
The announcement was made by the General Secretary of SaMaPa, music maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori in New Delhi.
‘SaMaPa Nund Rishi Samman’ has been conferred upon anthropologist Dr. T N Madan for his contribution to socio-cultural history of Kashmir.
Dr. Rafeeq Masoodi will be awarded for his enormous contribution to Kashmiri Art, Culture & Language.
Waheed Jeelani, the renowned singer from Jammu & Kashmir, will be awarded for his immense contribution to Kashmiri music.
The Samman carries cash award of Rs. 21,000 and has been named after Sheikh-Ul-Alam, the great Sufi Saint of Kashmir, a spiritual legend who’s contribution to Kashmiriyat is enormous. The award is given to the personalities with enormous contribution having done path-breaking works in the folk and regional culture.
‘SaMaPa Vitasta Award’ has been conferred upon the veteran Tabla maestro Pt. Anindo Chatterjee (Kolkata) and vocalist Pt. Vinayak Torvi (Bengaluru) for their lifetime contribution to Hindustani classical music.
The Award carries cash honour of Rs. 50,000 and is given to prominent personalities who have been an asset to our country in the field of art and culture for their unparalleled contribution to Indian art and heritage. The award has been named after the historical river Vitasta of Kashmir also known as Jehlum.
‘SaMaPa Kala Vardhan Samman’ has been conferred upon Saptak, the cultural organization from Ahmedabad. The Award will be presented to Vidushi Manju Mehta, the eminent Sitar Maestro and founder member of Saptak, who will be felicitated for her lifetime contribution to Indian music.
‘SaMaPa Acharya Abhinavgupt Samman’ has been conferred upon Dr. Deo Datt Sharma (Jaipur) for his lifetime contribution to the field of art and culture as a music critic &writer.
‘SaMaPa Yuva Ratan Samman’ is conferred upon Rishi Shankar Upadhyay (Delhi) in recognition of his conspicuous talent and achievements in the field of Hindustani classical music (Pakhawaj).
The awards will be given on 26thof November 2017 during the 13th edition of SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan, the topmost classical music festivals of Delhi, being presented in collaboration with Incredible India, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and IFFCO.