Monday, 23 October 2017

SaMaPa Vitasta Award's announced

SaMaPa (Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts) has announced the name of the recipient of this year's prestigious 'SaMaPa Vitasta Award'. The award is being conferred upon the Tabla Maestro Padma Vibhushan Pt. Kishan Maharaj and the veteran music composer Sh. Khayyam.

Pandit Kishan Maharaj New Delhi, (IndiaPRwire) SaMaPa (Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts) has announced the name of the recipient of this year’s prestigious ‘SaMaPa Vitasta Award’. The award is being conferred upon the Tabla Maestro Padma Vibhushan Pt. Kishan Maharaj and the veteran music composer Sh. Khayyam.
Pandit Kishan Maharaj is being awarded the ‘SaMaPa Vitasta Award 2007’ for his lifetime contribution in the field of Indian Classical Instrumental Music (Tabla).
Sh. Khayyam is being honoured with the ‘SaMaPa Vitasta Award 2007’ for his lifetime contribution in the field of Music Direction.
The award announcement was made by the youngest Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee (Ust. Bismillah Khan Puraskar) - Santoor Maestro and Music Composer Abhay Rustum Sopori. Sopori said that the names were unanimously selected by Pandit Bhajan Sopori and the award selection committee. The award shall be presented on the occasion of ‘SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan 2007’ in Delhi at Kamani Auditorium on the 1st of December, 2007. The two day festival shall feature more than 75 performers.
‘Vitasta’, the ancient name of River Jehlum, symbolizes the cultural ethos of J&K State andKhyyam Saheb ‘SaMaPa Vitasta Award’ has been instituted to honour the legendary musicians and musicologists of India who contribute significantly in propagating and preserving the cultural heritage of our country. The honour carries cash award of Rs. 50,000 each and is the first ever National Level honour pertaining to Kashmir given specially to the musical luminaries, every year, for their unparallel contribution.
In the past two years the award has been conferred upon Smt. Girija Devi (vocal), Smt. Hema Malini (dance), Pt. Ramashrey Jha (vocal & musicology) and Smt. Shameem Azad (Kashmiri folk & light music).
SaMaPa, under the aegis of its Chairman and President - the Santoor Legend and Composer Pandit Bhajan Sopori, has raised the level of music in J&K bringing it in the world music scenario. Pandit Sopori, hailed as the ‘Pride of the State and Nation’, has through his music highlighted the concept of oneness and foster unity enshrining the idea of national integration, humanism and peace amongst the common man and the youth in particular.
SaMaPa is not merely an academy but a cultural movement aimed at propagating and popularizing Indian classical and traditional music with a focus on Jammu and Kashmir State for which it has been recognized on a global level. SaMaPa serves as a cultural bridge between the State of Jammu and Kashmir and rest of the country representing the heartbeat of J&K people and its culture.