GUWAHATI, Sept 27 - Noted Sattriya danseuse Preetilekha Choudhury has received the prestigious Kalatirtha Award instituted by the Manav Kalyan Mandal of Gujarat for her contribution towards the classical dance heritage of the country.
Choudhury had earlier received another prestigious award � the Kalabushan Award of the Saptarang Cultural Festival � at Nanded in Maharashtra.
As a Sattriya danseuse, she has been performing for over two decades now. She learnt the basics of Sattriya dance from renowned Sattriya dance guru Garima Hazarika, noted Sankaradeva scholar late Keshavananda Dev Goswami, Sattriya music and dance scholar late Dr Jagannath Mahanta and Sattriya dance guru Naren Chandra Barua.
Choudhury has performed at several dance festivals held in various places across the country. She received a junior fellowship from the Union Culture Ministry for undertaking research on the abhinaya part of Sattriya dance. She was also recognised as a graded artiste by Doordarshan over more than a decade back. Choudhury is now engaged in promoting Sattriya dance and music in other parts of the country, including Maharashtra and Delhi.