Kolkata: Noted versatile singer and the melody queen Asha Bhosle has tweeted saying thanks to the Bengal Government for bestowing their highest civilian award ‘Banga Bibhushan’to her at a function which is going to held on May 21.
My sincere thanks to the West Bengal Government for bestowing their highest civilian award on me. I shall receive the same in person in Kolkata on 21st May ‘18
— ashabhosle (@ashabhosle) May 19, 2018
Earlier, Chief Minister had introduced the Banga Bibhushan and Banga Bhushan awards, after coming to power in 2011. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be handing over the award to the versatile singer.
This year, the programme in which the awards will be given, will take place on 21st May at Nazrul Mancha from 5 pm onwards. Besides the award giving ceremony, there will also be a cultural programme, in which many artistes will be performing.
According to sources in the state secretariat, author Samaresh Majumdar will also be awarded Banga Bibhusan, while footballer Subrata Bhattacharya will be getting Banga Bhushan. Some more eminent people will also be awarded with the highest civilian award of the state.
In the past six decades Asha Bhosle did playback singing for thousands of films and also recorded many private albums. The singer, who is known for her versatility in singing, has also sung several Bengali songs.
Chaddobeshi, Ekanta Apon and Jiban Saikate are some of the many Bengali movies in which Bhosle’s songs have touched the heart of the Bengalis. Many of her Bengali songs were also converted from Hindi and those include Chokhe Name Bristi, Gunjone Dole Je Bhramar and Gungun Gunje. She has also sung Bengali songs composed by Nachiketa Ghosh and Sudhin Dasgupta.