|Awarded for||Excellence in dance and music|
|Presented by||Kerala Tourism Department|
|Reward(s)||150,000 (US$2,600), Citation & statuette|
Nishagandhi Puraskaram (Malayalam: നിശാഗന്ധി പുരസ്കാരം) is an award given out by the government of Kerala in India. It is given out every year by the Tourism department. It is awarded to artists in the fields of dance and music.
The award comes with 1,50,000 rupees, a citation and a statuette. It is awarded as part of the Nishagandhi Dance and Music Festival, which is held in January every year. This is a cultural annual programme of the Tourism department of Kerala. The award ceremony takes place at the Nishagandhi theatre in the Kanakakkunnu Palace ground in Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala. The award was introduced to make the festival more popular on a national and international level.
The Nishagandhi Puraskaram was first awarded to the classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai in 2013. Hindustani musician Lalith J Rao and Bharata Natyam artist Padma Subrahmanyam won the awards in the next years (2014 and 2015).  The most recent recipient of the award in 2016 is the music director Ilayaraja.
Laureates[change | change source]
|2013||Mrinalini Sarabhai||"for her excellence in Classical dance."|||
|2014||Lalith J. Rao||"for the contributions in Hindustani Classical Music"|||
|2015||Dr Padma Subrahmanyam||"for her eminent contributions in Bharata Natyam"|||
|2016||Ilayaraja||"for his artistic excellence and contribution to the Indian film music industry"|||
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