President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Awards for 2016 to an eminent group of musicians, dancers, and theatre artists at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the national capital. Four eminent artists and scholars in performing arts were conferred fellowships of the Akademi, namely Arvind Parikh, R Vedavalli, Ram Gopal Bajaj and Sunil Kothari. 43 artists received the Akademi Awards. While speaking at the event President Kovind said that art has the power to connect people with culture. The Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards are national honours bestowed by the government on performing artists as well as teachers and scholars in the field of performing arts.