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Kalpana Chawla award for Shammema Azad

Wife of J&K CM, Shameema Dev Azad received Kalpana Chawala Excellence Award in the field of singing, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2007 20:06 IST
Arun Joshi

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's wife Shameema Dev Azad received Kalpana Chawala Excellence  Award in the field of singing at a function organized by Punjab Engineering College in New Delhi on Thursday evening.

Kalpana Chawla  excellence awards were instituted last year in memory of the  Indian-born US  astronaut who perished in the the crash of US space shuttle Columbia in 2003.

Outstanding personalities are honoured for their extraordinary contribution  in  fields like, science, education, social service and music.

Shameema who  has made her  mark in the field of singing was specially  selected  for her  melodious voice and  musical albums dealing with the social, cultural and  human issues.

On receiving the award, she said: "It was a privilege to be  considered for this award, as this is named after an Indian  who  made her mark  all over the world by her spirit to explore universe”

"Kalpana Chawla embodied the spirit of  excellence. She rose to stars and  died as a heroine. She lives for ever, for her work inspires all of us,” Shameema Dev Azad said.

Shameema's music videos and audiocassettes  on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir have been a great hit all across the  State.

She has  stirred the conscience of many in Kashmir by her moving  musical albums, drawing attention of the people of Kashmir  toward the devastation caused by  the 18-year turmoil in this Himalayan state .

While her songs have reflected on miseries caused by the turmoil and the natural disasters, she has also  sent out a message of hope and peace to the masses, appealing to their  capacity to bounce back in the fields of  education, science . Her music video albums have also  focused on the mutual respect and  collective cultural heritage of the  peoples of  all the three regions of the State.

Shameema  has been singing for the past over three decades , She  had first started singing in Kashmiri, but of late her contribution has extended to Urdu, Punjabi and Dogri songs.

She has already been awarded Padam  Shree for her contribution. In  October last year, she was awarded the highest musical award  of Kashmir, "Shair-e-Kashmir Mehjoor

"Now my only ambition is to  bring about social changes for better and  make the people of my state and rest of the country realize the virtues of co-existence,”  she said.