Dance Prof. Uttara Coorlawala has won The Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar Award from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama. 

Coorlawala was singled out for her work in the field of Creative and Experimental Dance.  The Times of India reported on her achievement, which represents the highest level of recognition given to Indian artists.  Annually only a few dozen performers are selected for the Akademi Puraskar Award.