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State culture awards presented

THE NATIONAL Kalidas Samman and other awards of the Madhya Pradesh Government for the year 2005-06 were presented at a function in Bharat Bhawan on Monday.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 01:39 IST

THE NATIONAL Kalidas Samman and other awards of the Madhya Pradesh Government for the year 2005-06 were presented at a function in Bharat Bhawan on Monday.

Governor Dr Balram Jakhar was the chief guest while Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan presided over the function. Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma and Tourism Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia were present as special guests.

Those who were decorated with the prestigious Kalidas Samman were Ustad Zakir Hussain (classical music), Dr Kanak Rele (classical dance), Manjit Bawa (painting) and Ratan Thiyam (theatre).

The award carries a cash component of Rs 1 lakh besides the citation. The Tulsi Samman was bestowed on Swami Ramswaroop Sharma, the noted Vrindavan Rasacharya; and the Devi Ahilya Samman was presented to Sharda Sinha, the reputed Bhojpuri singer.

Separate awards were also presented for outstanding work in graphic arts.Addressing the function Governor Dr Balram Jakhar said that art was something which was always remembered down the ages. Culture unites the world and has added a beautiful dimension to life.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that culture was a platform which united the different segments of society. Without culture the society is incomplete, he said and assured that fiscal shortage will not come as an impediment in the cultural advancement of the State.

Speaking on the occasion, Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma said that despite limited finances the State had made rapid strides in the sphere of culture. The Bharat Bhavan has been reinvigorated and has enhanced its cultural activities, he added.

After the presentation of the awards, Ustad Zakir Hussain presented a reverberating presentation on tabla. He was accompanied by Ustad Sultan Khan on sarangi.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 01:39 IST