Last week, medical the Government of Goa conferred the prestigious Goa State Culture Award for 2012-13 to 16 artistes for their contributions and achievements in the fields of drama/tiatr, see folk art, literature and music. The awards, instated by the Directorate of Art and Culture, recognise personalities for their efforts to set an example to the youth by dedicating their lives to preserving the rich heritage of Goa’s art and culture.
This year’s recipients include Suman Pilgaonkar, Ajit Kerkar and Isabel Santa Rita Vaz for Theatre (Drama), Anil Devulkar, Marcelino Noronha and Wilson Mazarello for Theatre (Tiatr), Ashok Naik, Yusuf Sheikh and Hema Naik for Literature, Balkrishna Kelkar and Ulhas Velingkar for Music, Kanta Gaude and Mahendra Phaldessai for Folk Art and Hanuman Kambli for Fine Art. Besides, Ponda-based Hauns Sangeet Natya Mandal also received the honour for being the best cultural institution in the field of art and culture and for its contribution in the fields of drama and music. All awardees will receive a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each, along with certificates and other mementos.