NEW DELHI: A day after the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards, a delegation of artistes from the national academy met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Saturday. The delegation included Birju Maharaj, Vishwamohan Bhatt, Ajoy Chakravarty, Aruna Sairam and Atul Tiwari.
Sangeet Natak Akademi chairman Shekhar Sen was also present on the occasion, it added. These awards were conferred at a time when scores of writers and artists are returning their awards to condemn the attacks on writers, pointing to “growing intolerance”. Theatre artist Maya Krishna Rao returned her Sangeet Natak Akademi award last week over this issue.