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Lata Mangeshkar has been conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by Merrill Lynch and Adora.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2005 19:15 IST

Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar has been conferred the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' by Merrill Lynch investment managers and Adora, India's second largest diamond exporter, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in fields of art, culture and music.

The 76-year-old Mangeshkar was here in connection with Christie's auction of diamond jewellery created by her and crafted by Adora which fetched 1,05,000 pounds. Part of the auction money would be donated for the relief of earthquake victims in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Jammu and Kashmir and children's charity 'Pratham', she said.

Receiving the silver inlaid trophy from Adora chief M Suresh last night, Mangeshkar said it was the responsibility of everyone to help alleviate suffering of quake victims and she had volunteered to do whatever she can in that connection.

Mangeshkar, winner of India's highest civilian award 'Bharat Ratna' and 'Dada Saheb Phalke' Award for her contribution to the Indian Cinema, said it would be good for people of India and Pakistan if relations between the two countries were normalised. "I feel that will happen but I can't say when it will happen. But right now the victims of earthquake were in dire need of help and assistance and one and all should help them."

The fund-raising auction at the Langham Hotel was attended among others by Lord Swraj Paul, NRI industrialist and British Ambassador for Overseas Business, Joginder Sanger, NRI hotelier and vice-chairman of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, and several other leading NRI industrialists.

First Published: Nov 30, 2005 19:15 IST