President Ram Nath Kovind to confer 61st National Lalit Kala Akademi Awards to 15 artists in New Delhi

President Ram  Nath Kovind to confer 61st National Lalit Kala Akademi Awards to 15 artists in New Delhi
President Ram  Nath Kovind to confer 61st National Lalit Kala Akademi Awards to 15 artists in New Delhi

President Ram  Nath Kovind to confer 61st National Lalit Kala Akademi Awards to 15 artists in New Delhi

Lalit Kala Akademi’s 61st annual awards shall be conferred by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind to 15 artists at the Rashtrapati Bhavan lawns in New Delhi. The Minister of Culture Prahlad Singh Patel and the Akademi Chairman Dr. Uttam Pacharne shall also grace the awards ceremony.

61st Lalit Kala Akademi Award Winners: 

The fifteen awardees chosen by the esteemed panel of Jury are- Anoop Kumar Manzukhi Gopi (Thrissoor, Kerala), David Malakar (Kolkata, West Bengal), Devendra Kumar Khare (Vadodara, Gujarat), Dinesh Pandya (Mumbai, Maharashtra), Faruque Ahmed Halder (24 Parganas, Kolkata, West Bengal), Hari Ram Kumbhawat (Jaipur, Rajasthan), Keshari Nandan Prasad (Jaipur, Rajasthan), Mohan Kumar T (Bengaluru, Karnataka), Ratan Krishna Saha (Mumbai, Maharashtra) Sagar Vasant Kamble (Mumbai, Maharashtra) Satwinder Kaur (New Delhi), Sunil Thiruvayur (Ernakulam, Kerala), Tejaswi Narayan Sonawane (Solapur, Maharashtra), Yashpal Singh (Delhi), Yashwant Singh (Delhi).

The Akademi nominated seven member selection Jury of eminent art practitioners, artists and critics from all over the country to finalise the list of artists to be awarded from among 283 artworks selected by the first tier Jury. The National exhibition of Art not only brings together the precious work of art and talent together from across the country but also showcases the finer nuances of Indian culture and aesthetics to the world thus promoting the Indian artworks in the international art market.

The 61st National Exhibition of Art, 2019-20 is scheduled to be continued till March 22nd, 2020 and the Kala Mela concludes on March 9th, 2020.


About Lalit Kala Akademi:

Lalit Kala Akademi the National Academy of Arts is an institution that has rendered service to the arts in the nation long before the world woke up to the global impact of Indian Art. Through the leadership of its members and staff, the Lalit Kala Akademi manifests a commitment to the service of the visual arts by establishing, preserving and documenting visual art of the highest order that in turn reflects the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of ancient, modern and contemporary art in India.


Lalit Kala Akademi, National Academy of Art, New Delhi was set up by the Government of India as an autonomous body, on 5th August, 1954. The Akademi was given statutory authority in 1957, under the Societies Registration Act 1860. Since its establishment it has been serving the entire country by promoting the creative endeavors of Indian artists and bringing their arts to bear upon a large number of people, thereby playing an important role in defining and redefining, the sensibility of an entire culture, falling under the visual arts spectrum.[Pib]

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