Sitar maestro Pandit Ravishankar has been nominated for the first Tagore Award, instituted by the government to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, for promoting values of universal brotherhood.
The name of Ravishankar, the Varanasi-born, most-famous contemporary Indian musician, was cleared unanimously by a jury under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
On the recommendation of the jury, the award has been renamed as ‘Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony', Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said, while announcing Ravishankar's name for the award.
The award would be presented by the President in a special ceremony, he said.
Singh had last year announced the establishment of the Tagore Award for promoting values of universal brotherhood.
The award comprises Rs. 1 crore, a citation in a scroll, a plaque, and an exquisite traditional handicraft or handloom item. – PTI