Pranab to confer 'Tagore Award' on Pt. Ravi Shankar

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 06, 2013 11:05 hrs

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee will confer the 'Tagore Award' for cultural harmony on sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Thursday.

The 'Tagore Award' for cultural harmony has been instituted as a part of the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and an announcement to this effect was made by the then Finance Minister in his Budget Speech on February 28, 2011.

It is an international award with a prize money of Rs. one crore for promoting values of cultural harmony.

The jury constituted for the selection of 'Tagore Award' for the year 2012 under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of India selected Pandit Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar maestro, to be the first recipient of this award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cultural harmony and universal values.

The award to Pandit Ravi Shankar was announced on May 7, 2012 during the closing ceremony of the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

Since Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away on December 11, 2012, the award is being presented to his wife, Sukanya Shankar, who is currently in India.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch and other dignitaries would also be present during the award ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow.

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