THE UJJAIN police have registered an FIR against Malwa Rangmanch director Keshav Rai for misusing the name of late Kavi Pradeep on a complaint filed by Kavi Pradeep Foundation president Avinash Pande.
Giving this information, Pande told reporters on Monday that Malwa Rangmanch had, without obtaining proper permission, started an award titled ‘Kavi Pradeep Shikhar Samman’ for which Rai collects donations and advertisements for a magazine published by the Manch.
“Last year the Manch felicitated music director Ravi and gave him a cheque of Rs 51,000, which subsequently bounced,” Pande said.
On October 31, 2006, the foundation had sent a legal notice to Rai to stop asking for donations in the name of Kavi Pradeep and stop misusing his name, but was yet to receive a reply.
‘‘Now, we have come to know from the newspapers that Malwa Rangmanch again plans to felicitate music director Anandji of Kalyanji-Anandji fame on February 6, 2007, the birth anniversary of Kavi Pradeep and the State Government has sanctioned Rs 1 lakh for the same.”
Pande, who is also the chairman of Maharashtra Small Scale Industries Development Corporation, said he planned to meet State Culture Minister on Tuesday to discuss this issue as Malwa Rangmanch has not obtained any permission from Charity Commissioner, as was the norm. “What’s more, since the cheque issued last time had bounced, the intentions of fraud are clear,” he said.
Family members of Kavi Pradeep have also issued a statement saying they were in no way associated with Malwa Rangmanch and its activities.
Born in Badnagar on February 6,1915, Kavi Pradeep was a popular poet and lyrist. His work includes songs like Ai mere watan ke logon, Aao bachchon tumhen dikhayen and Door hato ai duniya walon, which still inspire millions of Indians.