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Karna Speaker seeks Bharat Ratna for vocalist

Karnataka Assembly Speaker Jagadish Shettar has appealed to the Centre to confer 'Bharat Ratna' on renowned Hindustani vocalist Gangubai Hangal for her "yeoman service" in the field of music.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2009 15:28 IST

Karnataka Assembly Speaker Jagadish Shettar has appealed to the Centre to confer 'Bharat Ratna' on renowned Hindustani vocalist Gangubai Hangal for her "yeoman service" in the field of music.

Shettar, who visited the 97-year-old virtuoso at a hospital in Hubli on Tuesday, told reporters that the veteran singer, a recipient of many national and state awards, "truly deserved the Bharat Ratna".

The Speaker said he had taken up the matter with the Centre earlier.

The vocalist was admitted with severe cough, cold and fever last week and has been in the ICU since then.