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Anita Ratnam has received several awards and recognition for her work in the performing arts.

"In a way, awards reflect people's love. I feel so charged with this recognition and thank the organisations that have selected me for their honours. Awards boost your ego, enhance responsibility and make you more committed to your work.

I am lucky to have had wonderful gurus who have encouraged me and made me work very hard in my early years. That is what is helping me today.

For me, dance is the energy to be "every woman" and not just a dancer alone! I have chosen a difficult path, bridging the gap between the traditional and contemporary. But I am committed to creating and choreographing works which speak to me…which communicate with audiences 'from heart to heart'." Anita Ratnam

Below are listed a few of her awards

  • VISHWA KALA RATNA conferred by MilapFest, UK based Indian Arts Development Tryst, 2017
  • AKADEMI AWARD (Akademi Puraskar for Contemporary Dance) conferred by SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI, 2016
  • Anitha Guha’s Bharatanjali Trust awarded the Indian dance portal www.narthaki.com for its path breaking work in the world of dance, Nov 2015
  • MOHAN KHOKAR OVERALL EXCELLANCE AWARD conferred by Attendance, Nov 2014
  • VISWA KALA BHARATHI conferred by Bharat Kalachar, Dec 2013
  • GURU DEBA PRASAD AWARD (the first time a contemporary dance award is being given in this festival) conferred by Guru Debaprasad Award Festival, Oct 2013
  • Honoured for her contribution to dance at Natya Pravaha festival by International Dance Alliance, Aug 2012
  • Honoured for her contribution to dance by Neyveli Lignite Corporation on International Women's Day, Mar 2012
  • FLO Gr8 WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARDS conferred by FLO, the Women Wing of FICCI, Feb 2008
  • NATYA KIREETA RATNAM conferred by Sree Vanamamali Jeeyar Swamigal, Dec 2005
  • NRITYA KALA SIROMANI award conferred by the Nungambakkam Cultural Academy, Dec 2004
  • SAHRUDAYA RANJAKA conferred by Bharat Vikas Parishad, Chennai, 2004
  • LALITHAKALA RATNA conferred by Sri Lalithakala Academy Foundation Trust (Inc.), Mysore, May 2003
  • NATYA RATNA conferred by Sri Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Sabha, New Delhi, Feb 2003
  • VIBRANT INDIAN AWARD conferred by Developer's India, Apr 2002
  • BHARATHA KALA RATHINAM conferred by Sri Sankara Bhagavadpadacharya Paramaparagatha His Holiness Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetadhipathi Jagathguru Sri Sankaracharya Swamigal, Feb 2001
  • KALAIMAMANI, (For Dance Research), Govt. of Tamilnadu, Chennai (Madras), 1998
  • UGADI PURASKAR, Telugu Academy, Chennai (Madras), 1997
  • NRITYA CHOODAMANI, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai (Madras), 1996
  • MADURA KALA PRAVEENA, Madurai 1996
  • BHARATA KALA RATNA, Chennai (Madras), 1995
  • SINGAR MANI, Mumbai (Bombay), 1975
  • ARUT KALAI SELVI, Govt. of Tamilnadu, 1974
  • SUR SINGAR SANSAD, Mumbai (Bombay), 1971
  • UNESCO Award for outstanding young artiste, 1970

Other Awards:

  • ALTERNATIVE POETRY WORLD COMPETITION – FIRST PRIZE, Aberdeen, Scotland (For www.anitaratnam.com) 2004
  • INDEPENDENT ART HOUSE WEBSITE FESTIVAL- FIRST PRIZE, Stockholm, Sweden (For www.anitaratnam.com) 2004
  • INDEPENDENT CYBER UNDERGROUND WEB AWARDS 2004 - GOLD, Amsterdam, Holland (For www.anitaratnam.com) 2004
  • PRICE AWARD, Shakespeare Millennium Club, Chennai 2004
  • WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2000, Citation awarded to 200 best women professionals by the American Biographical Institute (ABI), North Carolina, USA


    • MEDIA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, New York (National Organization of Women), 1991
    • OUTSTANDING TV AMBASSADOR, Cleveland, USA (Federation of Indian Associations), 1988
    • MAHATMA GANDHI AWARD for Cultural Understanding, New York, 1986

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