The critrias set for the National Artist Award truly promotes the essence of an artist's contribution to the society and country he lives in.
To become a National Artist is to become the very citizen of his country. His skills and artworks should be influential and be of help in building the nation's important sectors (e.g. agricultural, cultural, economic, tourism).
Recognizing artistic talent is also one way to boost the art industry and propagate nationalism, a tool to use art as a beneficial way of aiding the growth of the country. It helps aspiring artists to also pursue the field and give something for the nation to thrive on in the near future.