SNA Awards Hit by Bias Claims

The Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, the foremost authority dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the performing arts within India, is currently embroiled in a controversy concerning the conferral of its annual awards. Allegations have emerged from several sources affiliated with the organization, suggesting the presence of undue influence exerted by a prominent member of the Executive Committee upon the Akademi’s Chairperson during the award selection process.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards, representing some of the most prestigious recognitions for achievements in music, dance, and drama in India, are determined by an executive panel under the leadership of the Akademi’s Chairperson through meticulous consideration. Nonetheless, allegations have surfaced indicating that an Executive Committee member may have exceeded their remit, unduly influencing the Chairperson’s decisions in favour of certain nominees.

According to an anonymous source from within the Akademi, “This individual has aggressively lobbied for preferred candidates, exerting significant pressure on the Chairperson.” The source further highlights a “distinct conflict of interest, where personal associations appear to override considerations of artistic merit.”

These allegations have cast a shadow over the awards’ credibility and prompted questions regarding the integrity of the selection process. Numerous esteemed artists have expressed their concerns, emphasizing that if these allegations are substantiated, they could significantly tarnish the awards’ prestige and sanctity.

The Chairperson of the Akademi has yet to publicly address these allegations, maintaining silence on the issue. Nevertheless, there is a growing demand for an impartial investigation to thoroughly examine these claims and implement measures necessary to safeguard the Akademi’s reputation.

As the controversy unfolds, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards, once a symbol of artistic celebration, now face scrutiny and criticism from various factions within the artistic community. The resolution of this matter and the restoration of public confidence in the Akademi’s dedication to impartially honoring artistic excellence remain to be seen.