Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for Khayyam, Gauhar, Krishnamoorthy

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New Delhi, Dec 19 (UNI) Music director Khayyam, Odissi dancer Ranjana Gauhar, Carnatic vocal specialist B Krishnamoorthy and playwright Reoti Saran Sharma are among the 33 eminent people selected for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for 2007 announced here today.

Eminent scholar and professor of aesthetics Dr S K Saxena was selected for the prestigious Akademi Ratna, while Mukund Lath will be honoured with the Akademi Award for his contribution to scholarship in performing arts.

The Akademi Ratna carries a purse of Rs one lakh, while the Akademi Award carries Rs 50,000.

Both the awards symbolise the highest standard of excellence and achievements on national basis and recognise sustained individual work and outstanding contribution to the practise and appreciation of the arts through performance, teaching and scholarship.

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