Lata Didi is a powerhouse and can generate immense energy: Vilasrao Deshmukh
HYDERABAD: The nightingale of Indian music, Lata Mangeshkar, was conferred the Akkineni Nageswara Rao award instituted by the ANR International Foundation on Monday. The singer was felicitated in a grand manner in the presence of Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, Union Minister for Heavy Industries Vilasrao Deshmukh, cine actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao and senior Congress leader T. Subbirami Reddy.
The award bearing a citation and cash prize of Rs. 4 lakh was presented to Lata Mangeshkar by the Union Minister Mr. Deshmukh. Addressing the gathering, he said he was proud that Ms. Mangeshkar hailed from his own State of Maharashtra. “The height of this award has gone up a few notches after it was conferred on Lata Didi,” he said, adding “Lata Didi is a powerhouse and can generate immense energy.”
Congratulating Ms. Mangeshkar, Chief Minister Rosaiah said it was indeed unique and commendable on the part of Mr. Nageswara Rao to institute such an award and said the event would be remembered for a long time to come. “There are some events which will remain etched in the minds of people and this is one such event,” he said.
Confessing to be a ‘fan’ of Mr. Nageswara Rao, Ms. Mangeshkar said that after Saigal’s ‘Devdas’, she had liked Mr. Nageswara Rao’s performance in ‘Devdas’ (Telugu) which she had watched over 10 times. “I am very happy that the award I have received is that of this great artiste. I know how difficult it is for artistes to come up and be successful in this industry and I appreciate this gesture,” she said while reserving special mention for singer P. Suseela whom she considers her ‘sister’.
Donation to CMRF
On this occasion, the BHEL contributed Rs. 5 crore to the CM Relief Fund for flood relief.
“Our employees had earlier donated one day’s salary but we decided to contribute more on the insistence of Mr. Deshmukh,” B.P. Rao, Chairman, BHEL said. Mr. Rosaiah and Mr. Deshmukh also announced that a mega joint project between BHEL and NTPC had been bagged by the State on this occasion.