Rudraprasad Sengupta, Hariprasad Chaurasia to be conferred Lifetime Achievement Award

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 Thespian Rudraprasad Sengupta and internationally acclaimed flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia have been selected for the Legends of India Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022.

The other two awardees are Kathak Dancer and Choreographer Kumudini Lakhia, and painte-art critic Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh, Chairman of the Awards Committee Lalit Mansingh announced.

Announcing the names of the awardees, Lalit Mansingh observed that the award is a humble recognition of the living legends for igniting young minds with the rich heritage of Indian Art.

The awards will be formally conferred in a ceremony to be held at New Delhi during September this year.

‘Legends of India’ (LoI) is a unique institution bringing together living legends and those in the making, trying to develop and promote young talent in the field of Indian Classical Music, through different initiatives for almost two decades.

Maestros like Habib Tanvir, Sitara Devi, Girija Devi, Paritosh Sen, Sankho Chaudhuri, Satish Gujral, Badal Sarkar, Krishen Khanna & Yamini Krishnamurthy, Ratan Thiyam, Pt.Birju Maharaj & T N Krishnan to mention a few, have been the recipients of this award in the past.

According to Joy Nandi, LoI Director International Affairs, a Memorandum of Understanding has recently been signed with Neath Port Talbot College (NPTC) Group of Colleges, UK for a Cultural Exchange Program to provide their students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant cultural landscape of India and interact with Indian students, artists, and cultural organisations.

LOI also introduced ‘Morning Ragas’ and Visual Art classes at the Tihar Jail in a bid to augment the rehabilitation process of the inmates through music and art. The objective is to give the inmates an opportunity to lead a normal life by equipping them with useful skills, education and the ability to earn a livelihood.

Founded by Dipayan Mazumdar, Legends of India has been connecting the younger generations with classical music and other traditional Art forms of the country by holding regular performances and discourses in India and abroad since 1999.

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