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Yash Bharti for Abhishek

india Updated: Nov 21, 2006 14:22 IST
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Bollywood heartthrob Abhishek Bachchan and cricketer Mohammad Kaif were among 11 personalities conferred the prestigious Yash Bharti award by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow on Monday.

Other recipients of the award at a glittering function included Dr Viveki Rai (teacher and litterateur), Uday Pratap Singh (MP and writer), Shitla Singh and Vijay Kumar (both journalists), Dr Yogesh Praveen (historian), Jagdish Kali Raman, Talukdar Yadav, Shaukildra Tomar (all wrestlers) and Rajiv Tomar (sportsman).

As Kaif could not make it to the function, the award was accepted by his father on his behalf. The Yash Bharti award comprising Rs 5 lakh and a citation was instituted in 1994-95 and 54 personalities have so far been conferred this award.