President presents Akademi awards

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee Friday gave away Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2013 in the field of performing arts.

Mukherjee conferred three fellowships (Akademi Ratna) on Kanak Rele, R. Sathyanarayana, and Mahesh Elkunchwar.

The fellowship contains a honorarium of Rs.3 lakh, a shawl and a citation.

While nine eminent artists received the Akademi`s Awards in the field of music, eight people were honoured for theatre.