Chandan Tiwari, Bihar, Bhojpuri, Sanjay Upadhyay

Bihar’s Chandan Tiwari and Sanjay Upadhyay awarded by Sahitya Kala Akademi

Art and culture of India has a wide range and to preserve and enrich our diverse art and cultural heritage it takes a large number of incredibly talented artists. To encourage them and give them recognition for their work, Sangeet Natak Akademi, an autonomous body of Government of India’s Ministry of Culture, announced ‘Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2018’.  The Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar is given to artistes below the age of 40 years and it was introduced in the year 2006 to identify and encourage outstanding young talents in diverse fields of performing arts. It would give them national recognition early in their life, so that they may work with greater commitment and dedication in their chosen fields.

Today, the Sangeet Natak Akademi announced the names of 32 young Indian artistes who are conferred the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for 2018. Named after the shehnai maestro, carries a cash amount of Rs 25,000 and will be presented at a special ceremony.

PatnaBeats is proud to announce that Chandan Tiwari, a young artist from Bihar has been nominated for this award for traditional folk and music.

Chandan Tiwari, Bihar, Bhojpuri

Chandan Tiwari, a well-known folk singer from Bihar, is popular for her recreation of forgotten Bhojpuri folks songs. She believes in singing love songs of the heart not of the body. Born in Badka Gaon of Bhojpur District, Chandan has completed her schooling from Bokaro, Jharkhand. She has completed BA Honours in Psychology from Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribagh. She also has six-year Prabhakar from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad.

Since her childhood, she has seen her mother singing and that cultivated the singer inside her. She has done many special musical shows on Doordarshan including special shows on ‘My Musical Effort’ and series like ‘Purabiyataa’n & ‘Nimiya Chiraiyan Ke Basera’. She had participated in ‘Jila Top’ & ‘Sur Sangram’ on Mahuaa T.V., ETV’s ‘Folk Jalwa Show’ and many other musical reality shows of Bihar. Chandan has also worked with AIR Patna for folk and ghazal shows. Rising against the vulgarity of Bihari music, Chandan stood alone without any commercial support. She started singing in local shows and posting videos on the digital platform, which helped her gain genuine listeners.

Other than that, Sangeet Natak Akademi award has also been announced for theatre and direction, under which Sanjay Upadhyay from Bihar has been awarded.

Chandan Tiwari, Bihar, Bhojpuri, Sanjay Upadhyay
Photo by: Yashwant Mishra

Parvez Akhtar, Theatre Director & Designer SNA Award Recipient for Theatre (Direction) congratulating him says,

“Active in the creative discipline of theatre for more than 38 years, Mr Sanjay Upadhyay is one of a very few Directors and Designers of the country, who have made their own style and personal identity by their innovative experimentation. He has also carved his own niches through his unique avant-garde style & techniques in the field of Theatre Music as well. Mr Upadhyay’s theatre is not recognized for its artistic value alone, but likewise for its poetic magnificence as well. In other words, he is perhaps only theatre director and designer of Hindi Theatre, whose theatre is having all goodness of Theatre stylization utilizing music as an important theatre language tool. 
The multifaceted Mr Sanjay Upadhyay is one of the most prominent directors and practitioners of contemporary Indian Theatre. He has been growing with the legacy of stylization and dance & music-oriented rural theatre of Bihar but having a sensible modern outlook while conceiving his theatre productions. 

He must have been recognized for his contribution in the field of Theatre Direction, Theatre Music and Design. He holds more than enough credentials for bestowing him with prestige and honour like SNA Awards.

Bihar is proud to have such young people in art and culture who are making the art of Bihar global and making it recognized for its good work.

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Puja Kaushik

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