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The Kalidas Samman is a prestigious arts award presented annually by the government of Madhya Pradesh state in India. The award is named after Kālidāsa, a renowned Classical Sanskrit writer of ancient India, widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language.

The Kalidas Samman was first awarded in 1980. It was initially conferred in alternate years in the fields of Classical Music, Classical Dance, Theatre and Plastic Arts. From 1986-87 onwards, the awards were presented in all four fields every year. The award is presented for outstanding achievement in one of the four categories.


Prize and selection

At present, the award carries a cash prize of 2 lakh (200,000) rupees. The winners are selected by a five member committee appointed by the Government of Madhya Pradesh, which consists of eminent artists, art critics and officials from the Sangeet Natak Akademi (India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama).


The recipients of the Kalidas Samman include[1]:

Year Name Field
1980-81 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer Classical Music
Mallikarjun Mansur Classical Music
1981-82 K.G. Subramanian Plastic Arts
1982-83 Sombhu Mitra Theatre
1983-84 Rukmini Devi Arundale Classical Dance
1984-85 Kumar Gandharva Classical Music
1985-86 Ram Kumar Plastic Arts
1986-87 Zia Mohiuddin Dagar Classical Music
Birju Maharaj Classical Dance
Ebrahim Alkazi Theatre
Narayan Shridhar Bendre Plastic Arts
1987-88 Pandit Ravi Shankar Classical Music
Vedantam Satyanarayana Sarma Classical Dance
P.L. Deshpande Theatre
M.F. Husain Plastic Arts
1988-89 M.S. Subbulakshmi Classical Music
Kelucharan Mohapatra Classical Dance
Tripti Mitra Theatre
Tyeb Mehta Plastic Arts
1989-90 Vilayat Khan Classical Music
Bipin Singh Classical Dance
Habib Tanvir Theatre
V.S. Gaitonde Plastic Arts
1990-91 Pandit Ravi Shankar Classical Music
Dr. Padma Subramanyam Classical Dance
Vijay Tendulkar Theatre
1991-92 Ali Akbar Khan Classical Music
Ram Narayan Classical Music
Vempati Chinna Satyam Classical Dance
Vijaya Mehta Theatre
J.Swaminathan Plastic Arts
1992-93 Ramankutty Nair Classical Dance
Ammannur Madhava Chakyar Classical Dance
Badal Sarkar Theatre
Syed Haider Raza Plastic Arts
1993-94 Shanta Rao Classical Dance
B.V. Karanth Theatre
1994-95 Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale Classical Music
Kavalam Narayan Panikkar Theatre
1995-96 Ustad Alla Rakha Classical Music
Sitara Devi Classical Dance
1996-97 Kishan Maharaj Classical Music
Mrinalini Sarabhai Classical Dance
Dr. Shriram Lagoo Theatre
Sheila Bhatia Theatre
Bhupen Khakhar Plastic Arts
1997-98 Pandit Jasraj Classical Music
Kalyani Kutiamma Classical Dance
Tapas Sen Theatre
Akbar Padamsee Plastic Arts
1998-99 D.K. Pattammal Classical Music
Kalanidhi Narayanan Classical Dance
Girish Karnad Theatre
Arpita Singh Plastic Arts
1999-2000 Hariprasad Chaurasia Classical Music
K.P. Kittappa Pillai Classical Dance
Satyadev Dubey Theatre
Francis Newton Souza Plastic Arts
2000-01 M. Balamuralikrishna Classical Music
Rohini Bhate Classical Dance
Zohra Sehgal Theatre
Sankho Chaudhuri Plastic Arts
2001-02[2] Sumati Mutatkar Classical Music
Yamini Krishnamurthy Classical Dance
K.V. Subbanna Theatre
Jogen Chowdhury Plastic Arts
2002-03 Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar Classical Music
Kumudini Lakhia Classical Dance
Khalid Chaudhary[3] Theatre
Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh Plastic Arts
2003-04 V.G. Jog Classical Music
Chandralekha[4] Classical Dance
Gursharan Singh Theatre
Himmat Shah Plastic Arts
2004-05 Dr. Prabha Atre Classical Music
Rajkumar Singhajit Singh Classical Dance
Devendra Raj Ankur Theatre
Nagji Patel Plastic Arts
2005-06 Zakir Hussain Classical Music
Dr. Kanak Rele[5] Classical Dance
Ratan Thiyam Theatre
Manjit Bawa Plastic Arts
2006-07[6] Puttaraj Kavi Gavai Classical Music
Sonal Mansingh Classical Dance
Vimal Lath Theatre
Shanti Dave Plastic Arts
2007-08 Balwant Rai Bhatt Classical Music
C.V. Chandrashekhar[7] Classical Dance
Babasaheb Purandare[8] Theatre
Satish Gujral Plastic Arts

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