Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan, Pune, a Registered Public Charitable Trust established and exclusively nurtured over the last 29 years by the Mangeshkar Family, will felicitate legends from the field of music, drama, art and social work with the prestigious Deenanath Award and other awards of the Trust on April 24 at the Shri Shanmukhanand Hall, Sion. Hon. Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari will preside over the function. Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Adinath Mangeshkar, Avinash Prabhavalkar and Ravi Joshi addressed a press conference at Prabhu Kunj in Pedder Road to announce the Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan Awards 2018. They also announced the winners. The Mangeshkar family has been celebrating Deenanath Mangeshkar’s anniversary since the last 75 years and this is the 76thanniversary celebrations. Earlier the celebrations used to be a private function till they made it public since 1988.
This year, the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award will be conferred upon the Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan; Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Lifetime Award to Asha Bhosle, Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Special Award to Anupam Kher for his contribution to Indian Theatre and Cinema, Shekhar Sen for his contribution to Theatre, Dhananjay Datar for his Social Entrepreneurship; the Vagvilasini Award to poet Yogesh Gaur for Literature and Shriram Gogate Award to Rajiv Khandekar for Journalism; the Mohan Wagh Award to Theatre Production – Ananya for Best Drama of the Year; the Asha Bhosle Award to Mery Behlihomji, Hon. Chairperson of The Central Society of Education for the Deaf for her social cause and contribution to the progress of the hearing impaired for general public.
“In memory of Master Deenanathji, whose monumental contributions as a singer, musician and stage artiste have been an inspiration to the people of Maharashtra and India, the Mangeshkar family organizes the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan Awards to honour legends. We are glad that we have the love and support of the masses.” echoed Hridaynath Mangeshkar.
The Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan Awards will be followed by a classical programme, Swar Nritya Bhav Darshan wherein Pt. Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen will be delivering a Kathak performance, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty’s rendition of Thumris, with Anindo Chatterjee as the Tabla accompanist. The programme will conclude with Pt.Ajoy Chakraborty’s Thumri rendition with Bhavmudra presentation by Pt.Birju Maharaj. The 76th Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Punyatithi is organized by Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Shruti Prathishthan along with Hridayesh Arts, who have also organized the music programme.
The Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan Awards ceremony will start at 6.15 pm and go on till 7.30 pm, followed by the musical at 7:45 pm.