PM Modi receives Lata Mangeshkar Award

Late singer used to be India’s cultural ambassador and my elder sister, says Mr. Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives the first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award in Mumbai on April 24, 2022. | Photo Credit: PTI

Paying tribute to the late legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stated she was once India’s cultural ambassador who had left an indelible imprint in the world of tune over the almost eight many years of her lengthy career.

Mr. Modi was once speakme at Mumbai’s Shanmukhananda Hall, the place he acquired the first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award, instituted in reminiscence of the legendary singer, who had exceeded away in February this year, aged 92.

A announcement issued with the aid of the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan charitable have faith stated that the award would be given every yr to solely one person with “path-breaking, staggering and exemplary contributions to the country, its humans and the society”.

The award quotation praised Mr. Modi, the first recipient, as “an global statesman who has put India on the direction of world leadership.”

Saluting the singer as the ‘empress of music’, the PM stated that Lata Mangeshkar was once akin to his elder sister.

“When the award is in the identify of an elder sister like Lata didi, it is a image of her oneness and love for me. I devote this award for all my countrymen. Like she stood for everyone, the award in her reminiscence additionally belongs to all. What can be a higher privilege than to have bought the love of a sister from Lata didi, who has given the present of love and emotion to generations,” the Prime Minister said, including that whilst he did now not typically take to award ceremonies, it used to be his obligation to come and be given this award which was once a image of the affection of the Mangeshkar household closer to him.

Remarking that the iconic singer was once the very epitome of simplicity and an exemplar of the concept of a “great India”, the PM stated that Lata Mangeshkar’s voice in the heaps of songs that she had sung had left an imprint on the world of tune for almost eighty years.

“Lata didi sang in extra than 30 Indian languages. She was once existing in the hearts of humans from each and every region. She helped deliver the devotional songs of our splendid poet-saints Tulsidas, Dnyaneshwar, Mirabai and Narsinh Mehta into the public focus with her mellifluous recitals,” Mr. Modi said.

Speaking of his heat ties and lengthy affiliation with the Mangeshkar family, Mr. Modi reminisced how [late classical singer] Sudhir Phadke had added him to Ms. Mangeshkar 40-45 years ago.

“Since then, I have acquired limitless affection. I say with extremely good delight that Lata didi was once akin to my elder sister. Generations of singers have been stimulated by way of her,” he said.

The PM made exceptional point out of the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital set up through the late singer in Pune and recommended the institution on its yeoman carrier for the poor, especially all through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Modi, insisting on sitting in the audience, was once flanked through Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar on his left, and via Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on his right.

The PM used to be obtained at the Mumbai airport on his arrival by using Maharashtra Environment, Tourism and Protocol Minister Aaditya Thackeray.

However, whilst pinnacle Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, along with Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis have been in attendance, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and most of the key ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities leaders — with the exception of Industries Minister Subhash Desai — have been conspicuous by way of their absence in the audience.

According to sources, Mr. Thackeray, alongside with his family, as an alternative visited the domestic of a veteran Shiv Sainik, Chandrabhaga Shinde. The octogenarian Ms. Shinde, who has lengthy been a road fighter, snared interest in the latest Hanuman Chalisa row, the place she was once considered protesting energetically in opposition to the MP-MLA wife-husband duo of Navneet and Ravi Rana, who have been arrested by using the Mumbai Police.

The duo had provocatively introduced that they would play the Hanuman Chalisa in the front of the Thackerays’ non-public house ‘Matoshree’. The Sena, in a stern retort, had dared the Rana couple to come close to ‘Matoshree’, with Ms. Shinde turning into a spirited image of the party’s protest.

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