Menaka Thakkar awarded GGPAA
SADAC congratulates Menaka Thakkar, who was named a 2013 laureate of the prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) for Lifetime Artistic Achievement for her career spanning almost 50 years!
Menaka Thakkar has made an extraordinary contribution as a dancer, choreographer, institution builder, and teacher. Acknowledged worldwide as a pioneer of Indian classical dance, this trail-blazing creator has had a profound effect on the appreciation and popularity of Indian dance. She is deeply committed to artistic integrity and excellence, and her vision and dedication have paved the way for countless emerging Canadian dance artists and organizations.
Laureates were honoured for their outstanding body of work and enduring contribution to the performing arts in Canada. Menaka Thakkar was one of six artists who were honoured in 2013 for their work in dance, theatre, music, or film. Each laureate received a cash award of $25,000 contributed by the Canada Council for the Arts and a commemorative medallion struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.