14th September, Shillong– Vidha Lal, Kathak exponent has been awarded the ‘Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2017″ by Sangeet Natak Akademi – the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama and the apex body of performing arts in the country. The Yuva Puraskar was presented at a special ceremony by Shri Tathagata Roy, Hon’ble Governor of Meghalaya and presided over by Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi Shri Shekhar Sen. Vidha Lal, a multi-faceted kathak exponent is a disciple and daughter-in-law of renowned guru and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Smt.Geetanjali Lal of Jaipur Gharana. She has completed her diploma (hons.) from the National Institute of Kathak, New Delhi in the year 2000 and also merits scholarship holder of Kathak Kendra, New Delhi. She is a graduate of Lady Shri Ram College for women, New Delhi. Vidha is an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (iccr) and ‘a’ graded artist from Delhi Doordarshan.
About The Sangeet Natak Akademi -India’s national academy for music, dance and drama – is the first National Academy of the arts set-up by the Republic of India. It was created by a resolution of the (then) Ministry of Education, Government of India, dated 31 May 1952 notified in the Gazette of India of June 1952. The Akademi became functional the following year, with the appointment of its first Chairman, Dr P.V. Rajamannar, and the formation of its all-India council of representatives, the General Council. The first President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad, inaugurated it on 28 January 1953 in a special function held in the Parliament House.