Delhi Govt Awards to Amjad Ali, Ruskin Bond, Girija Devi

New Delhi
Delhi Govt Awards to Amjad Ali, Ruskin Bond, Girija Devi
Eminent writer Ruskin Bond, renowned Sarod exponent Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and noted classical singer Girija Devi will be conferred 'Lifetime Achievement Awards' by Delhi government.

A decision to this effect was taken at a cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

"We have decided to confer Lifetime Achievement Awards to Ruskin Bond, Amjad Ali Khan and Girija Devi for the year 2011-12," Dikshit said.

66-year-old Khan is an acclaimed Sarod Player who was awarded India's second highest civilian honour Padma Vibhushan in 2001.

Devi, known as the queen of Thumri, is a classical vocalist who represents the Banaras Gharana. Devi, 81, was awarded Padma Shri in 1972 and Padma Bhushan in 1989.

Bond, 77, is an Indian author of British descent. He was also awarded Padma Shri in 1999 for his contribution to children's literature.

The city government had instituted lifetime achievement awards in 2004-05 and previous recipients of the honour include Carnatic vocalist M S Subbulakshmi, historian Kapila Vatsayan, actress Zohra Sehgal, vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, theatre personality Habib Tanvir and chess player Vishwanathan Anand.
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