Friday, 20 May 2016

Article - Awards in the world of performing arts - Ananda Shankar Jayant

(This article was featured in The New Indian Express dated May 14, 2016)
The Sangeet Natak Akademi, (SNA), the apex body for performing arts, under the Ministry of Culture, also has as its mandate, the selection and awarding of senior and young  artistes across the fields of dance, music and theatre in the annual national awards. This year’s SNA awards, timed in with yearly March – April appraisals, across sectors.

As human beings, many of our goals for success and self actualization are intrinsically linked with recognition, growth and awards. For a sportsperson, a medal, a victory, or a ranking, defines achievement. For bureaucrats, career advancement is determined by annual confidential reports (ACR), which are enumerated and graded, a transparent evaluation process, with an individual also being able to access the ACR’s, and even appeal and seek correction or change in them. 

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