The General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, New Delhi at its meeting held on 26 June 2019 at Guwahati, Assam unanimously elected four (4) eminent personalities in the field of performing arts namely, Zakir Hussain, Sonal Mansingh, Jatin Goswami, and K . Kalyanasundaram Pillai, for Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow (Akademi Ratna).
The Fellowship of the Akademi is the most prestigious and rare honor, which is restricted to 40 numbers at any given time. By the election of above four (4) fellows there are presently forty (40) Fellows of Sangeet Natak Akademi.
The General Council also selected forty – four (44) artists from the field of Music, Dance, Theatre, Traditional/Folk/ Tribal Music /Dance / Theatre, Puppetry and Overall contribution/ scholarship in the Performing Arts for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2018. These forty – four (44 ) artists include three joint awards.
The honour of Akademi Award has been conferred since 1952. The honour of Akademi Fellow carries purse money of Rs. 3,00,000/ – (Rupees three lakh) and Akademi Award carries Rs 1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh), besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.