Guru G. Elangovan Honored with Critics’ Choice Award by World University of Design for Outstanding Contributions to Performing Arts

Mumbai / Delhi-NCR – April 02, 2024: World University of Design bestowed the WUD Critics’ Choice Award’ to Guru Shri G. Elangovan, a revered nattuvanar, singer, and music composer with over 45 years of experience. Throughout his illustrious career, Guru Elangovan has garnered numerous accolades from organizations such as the World Tamil Association, Hayagriva, Kala Keralam, Tamil Sangam Chennai, Sangeet Sadhna Sansthan, and the World Tamil Centre. His profound impact on the cultural landscape has been further acknowledged by the government of Mauritius, which conferred upon him the prestigious title of Isai Mamani.

The WUD Critics’ Choice Awards, spearheaded by World University of Design, provide a platform to celebrate and inspire both seasoned and up-and-coming artists in the domain of Indian classical performing arts. These awards acknowledge and empower diverse talents, fostering collaboration within the global creative community. By honoring artists like Guru Elangovan, WUD aims to celebrate India’s vibrant cultural heritage and encourage younger generations to pursue careers in the creative fields.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Vice Chancellor of World University of Design, expressed his admiration for Guru Elangovan’s contributions, stating, “At WUD, we are committed to fostering creativity and recognizing artistic brilliance. Guru Elangovan’s exceptional talent and dedication to the performing arts exemplify the spirit of our Critics’ Choice Awards. We are proud to honor him and support the vibrant performing arts community through this initiative.”

The award ceremony, held at Triveni Kala Sangam Auditorium, New Delhi, was attended by renowned personalities including Guru Mayadhar Raut, a pioneer in the revival of Odissi dance. The event drew participation from dancers, musicians, art enthusiasts, and students, fostering an environment of celebration and interaction.

Dr. Parul Purohit Vats, Dean, School of Performing Arts, World University of Design, stated, “In acknowledgment of his unparalleled mastery and groundbreaking contributions to the field of Indian classical performing arts, it is a privilege to bestow this award upon him. His adept fusion of tradition and innovation, alongside his exceptional skills as a nattuvanar, singer, composer, and choreographer, has not only elevated the cultural panorama but also mesmerized audiences globally. Through this recognition, we honor his enduring legacy and significant influence on the performing arts landscape.”

Expressing gratitude for the prestigious accolade, Guru Elangovan remarked, “WUD has been doing remarkable work as a university dedicated to education in the creative domain. I am deeply honored to receive the prestigious Critic’s Choice Award 2024 from eminent personalities. This recognition serves as a testament to the relentless dedication of artists and educators alike, striving to enrich our cultural heritage and inspire future generations.’’

As part of its commitment to promoting diverse artistic talents, World University of Design has established a dedicated committee to evaluate artistic presentations across Delhi NCR. This initiative reflects WUD’s commitment to fostering a dynamic and inclusive platform for the recognition and celebration of artistic excellence.

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