New Delhi: Late cartoonist Mario Miranda, actors Dharmendra and Shabana Azmi, top mathematician M S Raghunathan, former Chief Vigilance Commissioner N Vittal and industry leader B Muthuraman were among those conferred the Padma awards by President Pratibha Patil here on Wednesday. Miranda's son Rahul received the Padma Vibhushan from Patil at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan which was attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and a host of other dignitaries. A loud round of applause reverbated in the majestic Durbar Hall when filmstar Dharmendra stepped forward to receive the Padma Bhushan award from the President. Shutterbugs had a field day as actor-turned-activist Shabana Azmi received the Padma Bhushan. Among the Padma Bhushan awardees were literary theorist Homi K Bhabha, violinist M S Gopalakrishnan, Tata Steel Vice Chairman B Muthuraman, former bureaucrat Mata Prasad, mathematician Raghunathan, jurist P Chandrasekhara Rao, Vittal, neurologist Noshir Hormusji Wadia and former Singapore Foreign Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo. 88-year-old eminent painter K G Subramanyan (Padma Vibushan), Satya Narayan Goenka and Jose Pereira (Padma Bhushan) were not present at the ceremony. Among the Padma Shri awardees were industrialist Swati Piramal, eminent diabetologist V Mohan, former hockey Olympian Zaffar Iqbal, archer Limba Ram and cricket commentator of yesteryear Ravi Chaturvedi. Yakshagana exponent Ramachandra Subraya Hegde Chittani, sitar maestro Shahid Parvez Khan, terracotta artist Mohan Lal Kumhar, Rajasthani folk musician Sakar Khan Manganiar also received the Padma Shri. Odissi dancer Minati Mishra, theatre personality R Nagarathnamma, Lavani exponent Yamunabai Waikar and Chhau dancer Gopal Prasad Dubey Art also received the Padma Shri. Among the other Padma Shri awardees were Laila Tyabji (Handicrafts), Vijay Sharma (Painting), Reeta Devi, Niranjan Pranshankar Pandya, Sat Paul Varma and Phoolbasan Bai Yadav (Social Work). Scientists V Adimurthy, Virander Singh Chauhan, Vijaipal Singh, Y S Rajan and Jagdish Shukla were among the Padma Shri awardees. Distinguished Chartered Accountant Yezdi Hirji Malegam, industrialists Gopinath Pillai and Swati A Piramal, archaeologist K Paddayya and environmentalist Kartikeya V Sarabhai received the Padma Shri. Prof Mahdi Hasan, Shrinivas S Vaishya and Vallalarpuram Sennimalai Natarajan received the Padma Shrin in the medicine category. The Padma Shri conferees in the Literature and Education category were Eberhard Fischer, Surjit Singh Patar, Irwin Allan Sealy, Sachchidanand Sahai and Ralte L Thanmawia. Prabhakar Vaidya received the Padma Shri in the Physical Education category, while T Venkatapathi Reddiar was honoured for his contribution to horticulture. Homeopath Late Jugal Kishore was also among the Padma Shri awardees but no one from his family was present to receive the award.
Noted painter K G Subramanyan was conferred third Dhirubhai Thakar Savyasachi Saraswat Award at Gujarat Vishwakosh Bhavan on Saturday evening. The award, given for contribution in the field of arts, consists of Rs 1 lakh cash and idol of Goddess Saraswati. Established in 2013, the earlier recipients include Narayanbhai Desai and Mrinalini Sarabhai. Kumarpal Desai, managing trustee of Gujarat Vishwakosh Trust, said that Subramanyan is one of the most distinguished painters who have made Gujarat their karmabhoomi. "He is painter, sculptor, poet, author, art critic, teacher and above all an inspiration to an entire generation of artists in the state. Thus, it was a unanimous decision to recognize his contribution to the field of art," he said. Subramanyan was born in Kerala in 1924 and studied in Mahe and Chennai. In 1944, joined Shanti Niketan and received trained under masters like Nandalal Bose. In 1951, he came to Vadodara and joined M S University as teacher. His murals adorn Shanti Niketan and his paintings have been exhibited at numerous locations in India and abroad.
The people have spoken. Montreal-based artist and NSCAD graduate, Veronika Horlik, has been voted the winner of the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award and the recipient of the $10,000 prize. Veronika’s striking installation draws inspiration from two vastly different sources: the artist’s own experiences working in reforestation in the Canadian North and the popular Japanese video game Katamari Damacy. The winner was announced at a public celebration at the Gardiner Museum on Friday, August 14. “The path of an artist is one of voluntary isolation—to have my work acknowledged by a national audience is to have a window of my view of the world blown wide open,” says Horlik. The award, which recognizes the work of five up-and-coming contemporary artists nominated by a panel of practitioners, curators, and arts educators, celebrates clay as a medium and introduces the public to new talent and trends in contemporary ceramics. This year, the award took on particular significance amid renewed public interest in the long-running debate on art versus craft and the place of ceramics in contemporary art. “The RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award is at the forefront of an important shift toward greater awareness of the innovation and experimentation that is engaging the next generation of ceramic artists. Veronika Horlik’s bold conceptual work and the public’s strong reaction to it are a testament to that”, says Kelvin Browne, Gardiner Museum Executive Director and CEO. “The Museum is grateful to the RBC Emerging Artist Project for recognizing the challenges that artists often face in the early stages of their careers and the importance of provided them with support at such a critical juncture.” Horlik’s winning submission, entitled PROUNS(SLASH), is made up of two parts. The first is a knotted 300-pound ceramic form that evokes the charred tree stumps left over after a forest harvest and subsequent fire. Large panels featuring images taken from the Canadian reforestation industry protrude from the dark ceramic mass. Mounted on the wall behind the sculpture is a ceramic mural in the form of a cosmic target. Together, the two parts represent the artist’s unique interpretation of Katamari Damacy, a Japanese video game in which a young prince attempts to reconstruct the universe by rolling adhesive balls along the ground collecting the objects in their path before launching them into space to be transformed into stars. “At RBC, our support of the arts has been a long-standing priority as we recognize that the arts are the heart and soul of our communities and cultures,” says Valerie Chort, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC. “Veronika’s submission is representative of the creative work that we are proud to support through the RBC Emerging Artist Project. We hope this is one of many successful accomplishments in her career.” Horlik, who divides her time between her studio practice and teaching visual arts and ceramics at John Abbott College and Art Education at McGill University, was nominated for the award by internationally exhibiting ceramic artist and fellow Québecois, Pascale Giardin. The RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award exhibition will continue to be on display at the Gardiner Museum until August 30, giving visitors a last chance to see Horlik’s $10,000 winning installation and the entries of her fellow nominees.
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