Best Director, Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female) & Best Original Script
Sharanya Ramprakash is a stage actor, director, playwright and one of the co-founders of Dramanon, Bangalore. She received the INLAKS Theatre Award ,14 through which she trained in Yakshagana under Guru Sanjeeva Suvarna. She is an India Foundation for the Arts grantee ,15 and International Forum of Theatertreffen ,16 scholar.
Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male)
Prasad Cherkady is a recipient of the Young Artist Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and a recipient of Best Actor at Rangabhoomi, Udupi Theatre Festival. He has been working as a Yakshagana performer and singer for the last 17 years. He currently acts and writes for theatre, film and television.
Guru Bannanje Sanjeeva Suvarna
Best Innovative Sound Design and Best Choreography
Guru Bannanje Sanjeeva Suvarna is a Yakshagana Guru, Dancer, Director, Choreographer and Principal of the Yakshagana Kendra, Udupi. A voice of authority on Yakshagana’s tradition, he is a rare “Dasavatari” (one who is proficient in every aspect of Yakshagana). He has trained for 51 years under 21 Gurus, toured 27 countries, directed more than 600 prasangas and trained over 4000 students in the traditional gurukul system.
Guru Krishnamoorthi Bhat & Guru Subramanya Prasad
Best Innovative Sound Design
Guru Krishnamoorthi Bhat has trained extensively in Chende, Maddale and Nrutya and is currently a Guru at the Yakshagana Kendra, Udupi. He also directs 3-4 Yakshagana prasangas every year for educational institutions in and around Udupi. He also has been a part of several eminent Yakshagana troupes such as Mandarthi and Kamalashile Melas.
Best Costume Design
Shubhra Nayar is a designer for Textiles, Performance and Print and is the founder of the Tirasila Theatre Practice. She has written, devised and designed for a range of performance forms: contemporary dance, life-size and giant puppetry, both devised and mainstream theatre in the UK and India.