Sangeet Natak Akademi has decided to institute “Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar” from the year 2006 to be awarded to artists who have shown / demonstrated conspicuous talent in the fields of music, dance and drama. Young outstanding practitioners upto the age of 40 years will be eligible to be considered for Yuva Puraskar every year. Age as on the date of nomination received will be reckoned from 1st April of that year.
Yuva Puraskar will be given annually and the total number of Yuva Puraskar in a year shall not exceed 33.
The Yuva Puraskar may be given in the following five Fields of activity: