Anjolie Ela Menon Awarded National Kalidas Samman

Published on July 02, 2018
Well deserved award for an incredible artist!
Anjolie Ela Menon Awarded National Kalidas Samman
  • Well known artist Anjolie Ela Menon, 78 received the National Kalidas Samman for visual arts from the Madhya Pradesh government.
  • The award came as a recognition of her insightful and sensitive portrayal of the identity and spirit of women through her meaningful paintings in a variety of media. 

Who is Anjolie Ela Menon?

  • She is counted among India’s most accomplished artists.
  • She is a well-known muralist and one of India’s leading contemporary artists.
  • Her preferred medium is oil on masonite, but she also has worked in other media, including glass and watercolour.
  • She is recipient of numerous national and international awards including the Padma Shri.
  • She recently received a doctorate from Rabindra Bharati University.

About Kalidas Samman:

  • It is a prestigious arts award presented annually by the Government of Madhya Pradesh.
  • The award is named after Kālidāsa, a renowned Classical Sanskrit writer of ancient India.
  • It was first awarded in 1980.
  • It was initially conferred in alternate years in fields of Classical Music, Classical Dance, Theatre and Plastic Arts.
  • From 1986-87 onwards, it was presented in all four fields every year.
  • The award is presented for outstanding achievement in one of the four categories.
  • Some of the previous recipients are Pandit Ravi Shankar, MF Husain, Pandit Jasraj, Shambhu Mitra, Habib Tanvir, Ebrahim Alkazi etc.

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