Mindy Kaling to receive 2021 National Humanities Medal

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President Joe Biden would present the 2021 National Humanities Medals to Indian American Vera Mindy Chokalingam, known professionally as Mindy Kaling, among others. 

The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists, arts patrons, and groups by the US government and honors exemplary individuals and organizations that have advanced the arts in America and offered inspiration to others through their distinguished achievement, support, or patronage. 

It honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities and broadened citizens’ engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects, the White House said. Biden would present both awards to more than a dozen recipients at the White House on Tuesday. 

”Imbued with humor and heart, Mindy Kaling‘s work across television, film, and books inspires and delights—capturing and uplifting the experiences of women and girls across our Nation,” the White House said, releasing the list of 2021 National Medal of Arts Recipients. 

The recipients for 2021 National Humanities Medal are Richard Blanco, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Walter Isaacson, Earl Lewis, Henrietta Mann, Ann Patchett, Bryan Stevenson, Amy Tan, Tara Westover, Colson Whitehead and Native America Calling.