A doyen of Manipuri dance Rajkumar Singhajit Singh has been selected for the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony. He has distinguished himself both as an outstanding teacher, performer and choreographer.
Read in Hindi: मणिपुरी नर्तक राजकुमार सिंहजित सिंह को टैगोर पुरस्कार
His work over the years bears witness to his creativity within the framework of traditional Manipuri dance. His choreography has been enriched by elements incorporated from various forms of performing arts of Manipur such as Thang-ta, Nata Sankirtana, Lai-haraoba and Rasleela.
The award recognizes his contribution in keeping the tradition of Manipuri dance alive and vibrant, promoting harmony through dance and also pays tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, who, deeply influenced by Manipuri dance, made it an integral part of the education curriculum at Visva Bharati.
The annual award was instituted by the Government of India during the commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
The first Tagore Award was conferred on Pandit Ravi Shankar, the Indian Sitar Maestro in 2012 and second was conferred on Zubin Mehta in 2013. The award carries an amount of Rs.1 crore, a citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft and handloom item.
The award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or sex.