A B Bala Kondala Rao (2016)
Dance
(Kuchipudi)
A. K. C. Natarajan (1994)
Music
(Carnatic - Clarionet)
* A. Kanan (1995)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
A. Kanyakumari (2003)
Music
(Carnatic - Violin)
A. R. Srinivasan (2011)
Theatre
(Acting - After 2004)
Aashish Khan (2004)
Music
(Hindustani - Sarod)
* Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan (1987)
Music
(Hindustani - Sitar)
* Abdul Lateef Khan (1990)
Music
(Hindustani - Sarangi)
Abdul Rashid Hafiz (2014)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk Music - Jammu & Kashmir)
* Abdul Rashid Khan (2009)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
Abhay Narayan Mallick (2001)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
* Adi Ferozeshah Marzban (1970)
Theatre
(Direction)
* Adya Rangacharya - Shriranga (1963)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Kannada)
Adyar K. Lakshman (1991)
Dance
(Bharatnatyam)
* Agat A. Sangma (2000)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk Music - Meghalaya)
* Ahindra Chowdhuri (1958)
Theatre
(Acting - Bengali)
* Ahmad Raza Khan (1995)
Music
(Hindustani - Been/Rudra Veena/Vichitra Veena)
Ahmed Hussain & Mohd. Hussain (Joint Award) (Hussain Brothers) (2016)
Music
(Other Major Traditions of Music-Sugam Sangeet)
* Ahmed Jan Thirakwa (1954)
Music
(Hindustani - Tabla)
Ajay Pohankar (2012)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
* Ajitesh Bandopadhyay (1973)
Theatre
(Direction)
Ajmer Singh Aulakh (2005)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Punjabi)
Ajoy Chakraborty (2000)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
Akshara K. V. (2014)
Overall Contribution/Scholarship
(Arts)
* Alakhnandan (2011)
Theatre
(Direction)
Alarmel Valli (2001)
Dance
(Bharatnatyam)
* Alathur S. Srinivasa Iyer (1968)
Music
(Carnatic - Vocal)
* Alauddin Khan (1952)
Music
(Hindustani - Sarod)
Alekhya Punjala (2011)
Dance
(Kuchipudi)
Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan (2009)
Music
(Hindustani - Shehnai)
* Ali Akbar Khan (1963)
Music
(Hindustani - Sarod)
* Ali Hussain Khan (1985)
Music
(Hindustani - Shehnai)
* Ali Mohammed Sheikh (1987)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk Music - Jammu & Kashmir)
* Alla Rakha (1982)
Music
(Hindustani - Tabla)
* Allah Jilai Bai (1988)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk Music - Rajasthan)
Aloka Kanungo (2015)
Dance
(Odissi)
* Altaf Hussain Khan (1960)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
Alyque Padamsee (1986)
Theatre
(Direction)
Amal Allana (1998)
Theatre
(Direction)
Amar Paul (2007)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk - West Bengal)
Amardas Manikpuri (2014)
Theatre
(Allied Theatre Arts - Theatre Music)
Amba Sanyal (2008)
Theatre
(Allied Theatre Arts - Costume Design)
* Amir Khan (1967)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
Amitabh Shrivastav (2011)
Theatre
(Acting - After 2004)
* Amitava Dasgupta (2006)
Theatre
(Direction)
Amjad Ali Khan (1989)
Music
(Hindustani - Sarod)
* Ammannur Madhava Chakyar (1979)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Kutiyattam - Kerala)
Amod Bhatt (2014)
Theatre
(Allied Theatre Arts - Theatre Music)
* Amrish Lal Puri (1979)
Theatre
(Acting-Hindi)
* Amubi Singh (1956)
Dance
(Manipuri)
Ananda Shankar Jayant (2009)
Dance
(Bharatnatyam)
Anant Gopal Shinde (2003)
Theatre
(Allied Theatre Arts - Make-up)
* Anant Lal (1989)
Music
(Hindustani - Shehnai)
* Anant Manohar Joshi (1955)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
* Ananta Charan Sai (Mayurbhanj) (1971)
Dance
(Chhau-Mayurbhanj)
* Angurbala Devi (1983)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Light Classical Music - West Bengal)
* Anil Biswas (1986)
Music
(Creative & Experimental Music)
Anindo Chatterjee (2002)
Music
(Hindustani - Tabla)
Anita R Ratnam (2016)
Dance
(Contemporary Dance)
Anita Sharma (2014)
Dance
(Sattriya)
Anjana Puri (2016)
Theatre
(Allied Theatre Arts - Music for Theatre)
Annabattula Lakshmi Mangatayaru & Leela Sai (Joint Award) (2016)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Traditional Theatre (Kalavantulu) - Andhra Pradesh)
Annapurna Devi (1991)
Music
(Hindustani - Surbahar)
Annavarapu Ramaswamy (1996)
Music
(Carnatic - Violin)
Anuradha Kapoor (2004)
Theatre
(Direction)
* Appa Jalgaonkar (2000)
Music
(Hindustani - Harmonium)
* Appukutty Poduval (2000)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Maddalam - Kerala)
Arayambath Janardhanan (2014)
Dance
(Bharatnatyam)
Arghya Sen (1997)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Rabindra Sangeet - West Bengal)
* Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar (1952)
Music
(Carnatic - Vocal)
Arjun Deo Charan (2012)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Hindi)
Arun Kakade (2012)
Overall Contribution/Scholarship
(Arts)
Arun Mukherjee (2002)
Theatre
(Direction)
Arun Sarma (2003)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Assamese)
Aruna Mohanty (2010)
Dance
(Odissi)
Aruna Sairam (2013)
Music
(Carnatic - Vocal)
Arundhati Nag (2008)
Theatre
(Acting - After 2004)
* Arvind Mulgaonkar (2016)
Music
(Hindustani - Tabla)
Arvind Parikh (2003)
Music
(Hindustani - Sitar)
* Asa Singh Mastana (1986)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk Music - Punjab)
* Asad Ali Khan (1977)
Music
(Hindustani - Been/Rudra Veena/Vichitra Veena)
Asgar Wajahat (2014)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Hindi)
* Asgari Bai (1986)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
* Ashok D. Ranade (2010)
Overall Contribution/Scholarship
(Performing Arts - Music)
* Ashok Kumar Ganguli (1959)
Films
(Acting)
Ashok Sagar Bhagat (2002)
Theatre
(Allied Theatre Arts - Lighting)
* Ashok Srivastava (1981)
Theatre
(Allied Theatre Arts - Make-up)
* Ashraf Khan (1960)
Theatre
(Acting-Gujarati)
Ashwani Bhide Deshpande (2014)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
Astad Deboo (1995)
Dance
(Creative & Experimental Dance)
Atamjeet (2010)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Punjabi)
* Atombapu Sharma (1963)
Dance
(Manipuri)
* Atul Desai (1995)
Music
(Creative & Experimental Music)
Avinash Pasricha (2016)
Overall Contribution/Scholarship
(Performing Arts)
* Ayodhya Prasad (1967)
Music
(Hindustani - Pakhawaj)
Ayyagari Syamasundaram (2011)
Music
(Carnatic - Veena)
* B. Devendrappa (1963)
Music
(Carnatic - Vocal)
* B. H. Puttaswamachar (2000)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Puppetry - Karnataka)
B. Herabhanathan (2013)
Dance
(Bharatnatyam)
* B. Jayamma (1985)
Theatre
(Acting-Kannada)
B. Jayashree (1996)
Theatre
(Direction)
B. Krishnamoorti (2007)
Music
(Carnatic - Vocal)
* B. Rajam Iyer (1986)
Music
(Carnatic - Vocal)
* B. S. Raja Iyengar (1973)
Music
(Carnatic - Vocal)
B. Sasi Kumar (2008)
Music
(Carnatic - Violin)
* B. V. K. Sastry (2000)
Overall Contribution/Scholarship
(Performing Arts)
* B. V. Mama Warerkar (Bhargavra Vithal Warerkar) (1958)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Marathi)
* B. V. Subramanya Raman (1998)
Music
(Carnatic - Vocal)
* B. Veerabhadra Naik (1977)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Yakshagana - Karnataka)
* B.M. Shah (1979)
Theatre
(Direction)
* B.V. Karanth (1976)
Theatre
(Direction)
* Babi Nalang (1992)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Dashavatar - Maharashtra)
Babubhai Girdharji Ranpura (2005)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk - Gujarat)
* Badal Sircar (1968)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Bengali)
* Badalur Krishnamurthi Sastri (1958)
Music
(Carnatic - Gottuvadyam)
* Bade Ghulam Ali Khan (1962)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
Bahauddin Dagar (2012)
Music
(Hindustani - Been/Rudra Veena/Vichitra Veena)
* Baidyanath Sharma (1981)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Daskathia - Orissa)
* Bala Saheb Poochwale (1993)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
* Balakrushna Das (1984)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Odissi Music - Orissa)
* Balappa Veerabhadrappa Hukkeri (1980)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk Music - karnataka)
Balappa Yenagi (1994)
Theatre
(Acting-Kannada)
* Balasundramanya Sastrigal Balu Bhagavatar (1967)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Bhagavatamela - Tamilnadu)
* Balram Pathak (1989)
Music
(Hindustani - Sitar)
* Balwant Gargi (1998)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Punjabi)
* Balwant Rai Bhatt (2004)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
Balwant Thakur (2000)
Theatre
(Direction)
Banamali Maharana (2003)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Odissi Music - Orissa)
* Banda Kanakalingeswara Rao (1963)
Theatre
(Acting - Telugu)
Bankim Sethi (2013)
Music
(Other Major Traditions of Music-Odissi Music)
* Banni Bai (1987)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Harikathakalakshepam - Tamilnadu)
Bansi Kaul (1995)
Theatre
(Direction)
Bansi Lal Khiladi (2008)
Theatre
(Other Major Traditions of Theatre- Khayal(Rajasthan))
Banwari Taneja (2010)
Theatre
(Acting - After 2004)
* Bapuram Bayan Attai (1978)
Dance
(Sattriya)
* Bapurao Khude Narayankar (1961)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Tamasha - Maharashtra)
Barry John (1993)
Theatre
(Direction)
* Basavaraj Rajguru (1981)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
* Begum Akhtar (1972)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
Bellagallu Veeranna (2011)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Togalu Gombeyatta Puppetry - Karnataka)
* Bhagaban Sahu (1974)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk Dance - Orissa)
Bhai Balbir Singh Ragi (2012)
Music
(Other Major Traditions of Music-Gurbani)
Bhajan Sopori (1993)
Music
(Hindustani - Santoor)
* Bhakti Barve Inamdar (1990)
Theatre
(Acting - Marathi)
Bhalchandra Vyankatesh Pendhar (2003)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Natya Sangeet - Maharashtra)
Bhanu Bharti (1997)
Theatre
(Direction)
Bharati Shivaji (2000)
Dance
(Mohiniattam)
* Bhaskar Chandavarkar (1988)
Music
(Creative & Experimental Music)
Bhawani Shankar (2003)
Music
(Hindustani - Pakhawaj)
Bhikhudan Govindbhai Gadhvi (2009)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk - Gujarat)
* Bhimsen Joshi (1975)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
* Bhisham Sahni (2001)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Hindi)
* Bhubaneswar Misra (1986)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Odissi Music - Orissa)
* Bhupen Hazarika (1987)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk Music - Assam)
Bhupinder Singh (2015)
Music
(Other Major Traditions of Music-Sugam Sangeet)
Bibhash Chakraborty (1989)
Theatre
(Direction)
* Bijon Bhattacharya (1975)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Bengali)
* Bikram Kumbhakar (Seraikella) (1990)
Dance
(Chhau-Seraikella)
* Bindhyabasini Devi (1991)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk Music - Bihar)
Bipin Kumar (2016)
Theatre
(Direction)
* Bipin Singh (1965)
Dance
(Manipuri)
Birabar Sahoo (2008)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Gotipua - Orissa)
Birju Maharaj (1964)
Dance
(Kathak)
* Bishan Dass Sharma (1997)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Instrument Making - Delhi)
* Bismillah Khan (1956)
Music
(Hindustani - Shehnai)
Braj Kishor Dubey (2016)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk Music - Bihar)
Brij Bhushan Kabra (2005)
Music
(Hindustani - Guitar)
Brij Narayan (2015)
Music
(Hindustani - Sarod)
Buddhadeb Dasgupta (1993)
Music
(Hindustani - Sarod)
Budhaditya Mukherjee (2010)
Music
(Hindustani - Sitar)
* C. Honnappa Bhagavathar (1990)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Natya Sangeet - Karnataka)
* C. I. Parameswarn Pillai (1960)
Theatre
(Acting-Malayalam)
C. K. Balagopalan (2003)
Dance
(Bharatnatyam)
* C. R. Simha (2003)
Theatre
(Acting-Kannada)
* C. R. Vyas (1987)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
* C. Ramacharyalu (1978)
Dance
(Kuchipudi)
* C. S. Krishna Iyer (1994)
Music
(Carnatic - Vocal)
* C. S. Murugabhoopathy (1975)
Music
(Carnatic - Mridangam)
* C. Sankaran Nair (1977)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Krishnanattam - Kerala)
C. Saroja & C. Lalitha (Joint Award) (2004)
Music
(Carnatic - Vocal)
* C. T. Khanolkar (1976)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Marathi)
C. V. Chandrasekhar (1993)
Dance
(Bharatnatyam)
* C. Venkata Rao (1967)
Music
(Carnatic - Vocal)
* C. Zakkariya (1989)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Tribal Dance - Lakshadweep )
* C.C. Mehta (1971)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Gujarati)
* Chalakudy N. S. Narayanaswamy (1988)
Music
(Carnatic - Violin)
Chaman Lal Ahuja (2015)
Overall Contribution/Scholarship
(Performing Arts)
Chandatai Jagdishprasad Tiwadi (2010)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Folk Theatre - Bharud - Maharashtra)
* Chandra Sekhar Bhanj (Mayurbhanj) (1991)
Dance
(Chhau-Mayurbhanj)
* Chandralekha (1991)
Dance
(Creative & Experimental Dance)
Chandrasekhar B. Kambar (1983)
Theatre
(Playwriting-Kannada)
Charu Sija Mathur (2001)
Dance
(Manipuri)
* Chembai Vaidyanath Bhagavathar (1958)
Music
(Carnatic - Vocal)
* Chengannur Raman Pillai (1963)
Dance
(Kathakali)
* Chennithala Chellapan Pillai (1991)
Dance
(Kathakali)
* Chhabi Bandopadhyay (1987)
Traditional/Folk/Tribal/Dance/Music/Theatre and Puppetry
(Kirtan - West Bengal)
* Chhabi Biswas (1960)
Films
(Acting)
Chhannu Lal Mishra (2010)
Music
(Hindustani - Vocal)
* Chhatrapati Singh Ju Deo (1991)
Music
(Hindustani - Pakhawaj)
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