Special Current Affair for IBPS
Topic: Awards and Prizes Part-7
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Akademi Awards for 2012
- UIDAI won 21st Century Achievement Award 2013
- IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
- 66th Cannes Film Festival
- Some other Important Awards
Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Akademi Awards for
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee conferred the
Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) on violinist N Rajam, Grammy
award-winning percussionist T H Vikku Vinayakram and veteran playwright Ratan
Thiyam for the year 2012, on 28 May 2013. The awards were given away at a
ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Apart from these three
personalities, other 34 artists were given away the Akademi awards (Akademi
Puraskar). These artists were from different spheres such as theatre, music,
dance and traditional arts. For the overall contribution to the performing arts,
Nandini Ramani and Arun Mahadev Kakade were also given away the awards.
About the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships (Akademi Ratna)
Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship and Awards are given by
the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.
It is the highest national recognition given to
The Akademi Award, also known as Akademi Puraskar has
been conferred on people since 1952 and the Akademi Fellow honour also
called Akademi Ratna has been conferred since 1954.
Akademi Fellowship carries a prize amount of three lakh
rupees and the Akademi Awards carry a prize amount of one lakh rupees,
besides Tamrapatra and Angavastram.
The Fellowships are restricted to forty living recipients
at any given time. New Fellows are elected upon the demise of an existing
Karaikudi Sambasiva Aiyer, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar,
Allauddin Khan, Hafiz Ali Khan, and Prithviraj Kapoor were the first
awardees of Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowships.
About the Sangeet Natak Akademi
Sangeet Natak Akademi was established by the Government
of India in 1953 and is India’s National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.
It is responsible for promotion and preservation of the
performing arts of the country.
One of the important activities of the Akademi is to
honour artists of outstanding individual achievement in the fields of music,
dance and drama.
UIDAI won 21st Century Achievement Award 2013
The jury of International Data Group (IDG) Computerworld
Honours Program, Computerworld Honors Laureate selected UIDAI for 21st Century
Achievement Award 2013 under the category Economic Development for the pivotal
role played by UIDAI in leveraging technology to change people lives, streamline
delivery of welfare services and provide opportunity to people to participate
more fully in society. The Computerworld Honors Program awards were presented at
the Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony at the Andrew W.Mellon Auditorioum in
Washington in the second week of June 2013. The Computerworld Honors Program,
recognizes and honours visionary application of Information Technology promoting
positive social, economic and social change. There were 24 nominees under this
category from different parts of the World. The initiative of Government of
India was widely appreciated by the participants at the function.
IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Kevin Barry, the Irish author won 100000 Euro International
IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his debut novel, City of Bohane. The book has
described, the Ireland of 2053 a place where one would not want to be alive.
This is not a future of shiny technology but one in which history turns in
circles and quirks an eyebrow at the idea of ‘progress. To win the award, Kevin
Barry managed to beat 153 titles nominated from 160 libraries of 44 countries.
City of Bohane was nominated by Cork, Dublin and Limerick City Libraries. Barry
is the third Irish author to win this award.
About the Award
The prize is open for novels in any language that has been
published in or translated into English and is organised by Dublin City
Libraries on behalf of Dublin City Council. The award is sponsored by IMPAC, an
international management productivity company. Previous winners of the award
include to Colm Toibin in 2006 for The Master, Gerbrand Bakker in 2010 for The
Twin, Colum McCann in 2011 for Let the Great World Spin, Jon McGregor in 2012for
Even the Dogs.
66th Cannes Film Festival
Blue is the Warmest Colour (La Vie D’Adèle Chapitres 1 et 2)
which is directed by French-Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche won the top
honour - the Palme d’Or - at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. The awards were
decided after reviewing 20 films in competition by a nine-member jury led by US
filmmaker Steven Spielberg, joined by Australian actress Nicole Kidman and
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee among others. The film is a three-hour love story
based on a graphic novel by Julie Maroh starring Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea
Seydoux. It is basically a story about a teenage girl who falls in love with a
slightly older woman. Overall, the movie is about sexual awakening, heartbreak,
and self-discovery. With this the runner-up award, the Grand Prix, went to
Inside Llewyn Davis which is directed by the Coen brothers. It is important here
to note that the Coen brothers had won the Palme d’Or in 1991. Also, the Jury
Prize went to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda for Like Father, Like Son.
Some other Important Awards
Mexico’s Amat Escalante won the best director prize for
his film Heli.
Hollywood veteran actor Bruce Dern took the best actor
prize for his performance in Nebraska.
Argentine-born Frenchwoman Berenice Bejo was awarded the
best actress prize for her role in The Past.