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Hariprasad Chaurasia to be awarded 'Akshaya Samman'

Hariprasad Chaurasia, the renowned exponent of flute, has been selected for the prestigious Akshaya Samman this year for his outstanding contribution to the field of instrumental music.

india Updated: Oct 10, 2009 19:23 IST

Hariprasad Chaurasia, the renowned exponent of flute, has been selected for the prestigious Akshaya Samman this year for his outstanding contribution to the field of instrumental music.

The annual award, comprising a cash prize of Rs one lakh and a citation, would be presented to Chaurasia by Orissa Governor M C Bhandare at a function in Bhubaneswar this Monday, Akshaya Mohanty Foundation, which gives away the award, announced here today.

Chaurasia is the third recipient of the award, instituted by the foundation in 2007 in memory of the legendary music exponent and singer Akshaya Mohanty.

The award, to be presented during the 'Akshaya Utsav', had earlier been bestowed on Manna De and Gulzar in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

The 71-year-old musician, who has been awarded both the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, was appointed 'Knight in Order of Arts and Letters' by the French Ministry of Culture in July this year.