Awarding of ‘Bangabibhushan’ honour to Lata put off as singer is unwell

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Lata Mangeshkar…The function is postponed to October 20. 

The nation marked the 87th birthday of Lata Mangeshkar on 28 September.

The plans to confer ‘Bangabibhushan’ on Lata Mangeshkar on October 20 has been postponed as the singer is unwell, Saregama India chairman Sanjiv Goenka said on Monday.

“Lata Mangeshkar is indisposed. As a result, the forthcoming conferment of Banga Bibhushan to her at her residence in Mumbai on 20th October has been deferred, “Goenka said in a statement.

Set up in 2011, the award’s earlier recipients include luminaries in various fields such as Amala Shankar, Amjad Ali Khan,  Manna Dey,  Mahasweta Devi, Sailen Manna, Leslie Claudius, Jogen Chowdhury, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Goutam Ghosh, Ajoy Chakraborty and  Sourav Ganguly.

Goenka said the presentation is now expected to be held in Mumbai sometime in November.

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“We all are very sorry to hear about the Melody Queen’s indisposition and we will be eagerly looking forward to her quick recovery ” said Goenka.

The West Bengal government has decided to confer the ‘Bangabibhushan’ award by on Mangeshkar in recognition of her contribution to Bengali songs.

Lata Mangeshkar has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films and nearly 40 regional Indian and foreign languages.

On her birthday she asked people to donate money to Uri martyrs instead of sending her flowers to mark the day.- CINEWS

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