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Annwesa Singh from Pune received Nritya Vaibhavi Award.

The Antaranga Dance Festival, recently held at Malad, Mumbai, showcased India's diverse and vibrant dance traditions. Organized by the All India Dancers Association and Abhibhava Art Academy in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, the festival was a resounding success. Featuring an All India Dance Competition, the event brought together over 350 talented dancers from various states, each displaying their unique style and passion for dance.

An Event of Cultural Significance

The festival's inauguration was graced by the presence of Senior Manipuri dancer Padmashri Darshanaben Zaveri, lending the event a sense of tradition and prestige. As a significant platform for dancers to showcase their skills and gain recognition, the Antaranga Dance Festival is more than just a competition; it’s a celebration of India’s rich cultural heritage and a testament to the enduring spirit of dance.

Highlight Performances

Among the notable performances at the festival was a solo Kathak dance by Pune's talented dancer, Annwesa Singh. Her mesmerizing performance captivated the audience, highlighting the grace and intricacy of Kathak, one of India’s classical dance forms. Annwesa's dedication to her craft and her years of training under Kolkata's renowned Kathak dancer Panchali Mukherjee and Shri Gobindo Mandal were evident in her flawless execution.

Recognizing Excellence Annwesa Singh's exceptional talent was recognized at the festival with the prestigious 'Nritya Vaibhavi Award.' The award was presented by Dr. G. Ratheesh Babu, Director of the All India Dancers Association, and festival director Nisha Mangalampalli, acknowledging Annwesa's outstanding contribution to the art of dance.

A Dance Career Filled with Accolades

Annwesa Singh’s career in dance has been marked by numerous accolades. She has been honored with awards such as the Shri Mahatma Gandhi Rashtriya Abhiman Puraskar, Nritya Vibhushan Award, Shri Hari Nritya Ratna Samman Puraskar, Chairman's Award, and Pillars of Maharashtra 2023. Her crowning glory came when she won a Bronze Medal at the 12th Cultural Olympiad in Bangkok and received the 'Best Indian Classical Dancer Sanmaan' from the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri Ramesh Bais, at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.


The Antaranga Dance Festival stands as a testament to the rich and diverse dance traditions of India. Through events like this, artists like Annwesa Singh have the opportunity to shine and inspire others with their skill, dedication, and passion. As the festival continues to grow, it will undoubtedly become an essential platform for showcasing India's vibrant dance heritage and supporting the next generation of dancers.


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