The world-renowned danseuse from city Dr. Vasundhara Doreswamy was conferred the coveted Shreshta Kala Pracharak award by Padma Bhushana, Kalaimamani Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan, founder Director of Sri Ganesha Natyalaya, for her immense contribution to the field of Bharathanatya in a glittering function held at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi, recently.

Her services in the field of Bharatanatya included her long standing world-renowned performances, scholastic teaching, mind-catching choreography et al, which were lauded by the selectors.

It was a great honour to her and a pride to Mysore, as Vasundhara Doreswamy is the only dancer from Karnataka to be honoured with this award till now.

This national award is given away annually to eminent personalities in different fields of arts.

Apart from Dr. Vasundhara Doreswamy, the awardees this year included veterans Dr.Kapila Vatsayana, Art Historian and Researcher, Chairperson of Indira Gandhi National Research Centre, New Delhi; Dr. Kiran Seth, Chairman, SPIC-MACAY, New Delhi and S. Krishna Murthy, Chairman, Surya Art, Theatre and Film Society, Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The disciples of Vidushi Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan presented some rare items from Bharatanatya repertory in honour of the award recipients.

The function was well attended by the dignitaries, government functionaries from the Central Secretariat and the Members of the Central Cabinet.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore