Padma Shri award: Adnan Sami thanks Asha Bhosle, says she 'played a very important role in my career'

  • Padma Shri award: Adnan Sami has said that Asha Bhosle played a vital role in his career. He received the award from President Ram Nath Kovind.
Adnan Sami spoke on Asha Bhosle after receiving the Padma Shri award.
Adnan Sami spoke on Asha Bhosle after receiving the Padma Shri award.
Published on Nov 08, 2021 08:17 PM IST
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Singer Adnan Sami thanked veteran singer Asha Bhosle after he was honoured with the Padma Shri award. He said that she played a very important role in his career. Adnan Sami was the lead actor of Pakistani film Sargam (1995) in which Asha Bhosle sang a song. They later collaborated for Kabhi Toh Nazar Milao (2000).

Adnan Sami received the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award, from President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday. He was conferred with the award in a ceremony held in New Delhi. Adnan, who accompanied by his wife Roya Faryabi, wore a black sherwani with golden embroidery around the neck at the event. 

In an interview with The Quint, Adnan Sami expressed his gratitude towards his family and Asha Bhosle after receiving the award. “Apart from my father, my mother, and my wife Roya (Sami Khan), I would like to thank everybody I’ve met in my life. Also, everybody who has worked with me, especially Asha Bhosle because my first record that came out in India was a duet with her. She played a very important role in my career,” he said.

He also said, "I wouldn’t have gotten this honour if not for the love I’ve received from the people of India. This is one of the most prestigious and incredible moments of my life and I’ll never be able to thank God enough for it...You know, we’re in Delhi and it’s one of my favourite places in the world because some of the most amazing things have happened to me in Delhi. I got my citizenship here. I got my Padma Shri here. We’re celebrating with family and friends. (I’ll) keep pinching myself till it sinks in.”

After being conferred with Padma Shri, Adnan spoke to news agency ANI and said, "Sometimes you don't have words to express yourself. Thankful to Govt. Thankful to people, nothing is possible without them. I dedicate this to my father-mother. It's not only an honour but also a responsibility, which I'll try to carry out well."

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Adnan is known for his songs including Lift Kara De, Kabhi Toh Nazar Mila and Bhar Do Jholi Meri, among many others. Born in Pakistan, he applied for Indian citizenship in 2015 and became a citizen of the country in January 2016.

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