PM Modi conferred with first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award in Mumbai

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Mumbai for the first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award ceremony on Sunday. PM Modi was conferred the inaugural Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award.

After receiving the award, the PM got emotional and said Lata Mangeshkar was like an elder sister. He said, “For me, Lata didi was like an elder sister. I have always received immense love from her. After many decades, Lata didi will not be present in the coming Rakhi festival.”

PM Modi dedicated the award to all his countrymen. “When the award is in the name of an elder sister like Lata Didi, it is a symbol of her oneness and love for me. So, it’s not possible for me to not accept it.”

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Legendary singer Asha Bhosle, paid a tribute to her sister, Lata Mangeshkar, and hummed the tune of the song ‘Aayega Aanewala’.

The award has been instituted in the memory of Lata Mangeshkar and will be given every year to a person for exemplary contribution towards nation building, a statement by the family and the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan charitable trust said.

Incidentally, April 24 marks the 80th anniversary of the death of Master Deenanath Mangeshkar, the singing legend’s father.

Also, veteran actors Asha Parekh and Jackie Shroff received the Master Deenanath Puraskar (special honour) for their “dedicated services in the field of cinema”. Rahul Deshpande got the Master Deenanath Puraskar for Indian music, while the best drama award was given to the play, “Sanjay Chaya”.

Earlier, Maharashtra Cabinet minister and Shiv Sena leader, Subhash Desai, received the PM at the airport. Also, Aaditya Thackeray was present as protocol minister to welcome the PM in Mumbai.

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