Constituted by the Natyalaya a cultural education trust 2011, Natyaratna Award would be conferred on individuals for their distinguished and outstanding contribution to Art & Culture. Preference would be given to recent outstanding work in art, choreography etc. which had a profound effect and response from the society at large.
This year, for the first time, this award would be presented to Mr. Harsha, Director & Choreographer in kannada film industry, for his noteworthy contribution to Art & Choreography in the Kannada Film Industry.
This award is the first of its kind in Karnataka which would be presented to an individual for a distinguished work of art every year starting from 2011.