Maharashtra Government on Thursday mentioned legendary singer Asha Bhosle has been chosen for Maharashtra Bhushan award, the state authorities’s highest honour. A committee chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray determined to pick Bhosle for the award for the yr 2020.
The award, instituted in 1996 by the state authorities to recognise distinguished work and achievements of eminent individuals from the state, representing completely different walks of life, carries a money prize of Rs 10 lakh and a quotation. Bhosle, whose sister Lata Mangeshkar gained the award for 1997, mentioned she received to know from Uddhav Thackeray that she has been chosen for the award for 2020. “I thank him that he thought of choosing me for the award,” Bhosle mentioned.
“People of Maharashtra have loved me a lot and have treated me as part of their family over these many years,” she mentioned. Asked what does it really feel to be in her mid-80s, Bhosle mentioned, “Age is just a number. I feel I am as old as my mind.”
In one other video that includes Asha with granddaughter Zanai, they’re seen celebrating the win. “Asha aayi, the government has given you the Maharashtra Bhushan Award,’ how are you feeling (Asha aayi how are you feeling after winning the award)?”
Asha replies, “I am feeling very delighted, as I have received a lot many awards, and this award is from my maayka (mother’s home) that is why I am extremely happy. I am very much thankful to the Maharashtra government as they have given me this award. Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra.”
Born on September 8, 1933, in Maharashtra’s Sangli district, Bhosle was initiated into music by her father, the famend Marathi stage actor-singer Dinanath Mangeshkar. Having sung her first track for a Marathi movie in 1944, she has the excellence of getting sung hundreds of songs in virtually each main Indian language.
The versatility of her voice and expertise has been acknowledged by means of a bunch of awards conferred on her, together with the National Award twice, the distinguished Filmfare Award eight occasions, and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. Bhosle obtained the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2000. The first Maharashtra Bhushan awardee was Marathi author P L Deshpande and the final winner of this award was historian Babasaheb Purandare who received it for the yr 2015.