Rameshwar Broota, was presented with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ during the LalitArpan Festival. The event organized by Asavari, the dance institution of Guru Shovana Narayan, is an annual celebration of Indian arts. Started by the Tabla maestro Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan and Narayan, this festival has been promoting Indian classical music and dances since 11 years. In its 12th edition, the organizers have initiated ‘Lalit Samman’ to honour valuable contributions in the field of performing arts as well as fine arts.
Broota was awarded for his continued work as an artist as well as a teacher. His artworks are frequently amongst the top sellers at auctions and are housed in the choicest of collections in the world. In India, his works are with well-regarded institutions such as the National Gallery of Modern Art, the President’s House, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, and Lalit Kala Akademi societies of a number of states. Across the globe, his works are part of collections such as the Joseph Broz Tito Museum in Yugoslavia, the Kunst Museum in Dusseldrof, the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, USA, Peabody Essex Museum, USA, and the Jane and Kito De Boer Collection, Dubai.
Broota Sir, as he is affectionately called by his students, has been mentoring artists since six decades. Starting with the Delhi College of Art, he assumed the role of the Head of the Art Department at Triveni Kala Sangam in 1967. Here he continues to work, teach, and inspire.
Broota who has earlier been awarded ‘Kala Vibhushan’ by the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, ‘National Award’ by Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi, LN Gupta Memorial Award and many more national recognitions, was a picture of modesty at the award ceremony. With humility, he accepted the honours from the esteemed chief guests and a sapling of Holy Basil from Guru Narayan as a token of auspiciousness.
The felicitation ceremonies accompanied performances by leading proponents of classical dance and music forms over a period of two days which received packed halls and much acclaim.