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Padma Shri for Hridaynath Mangeshkar

DNPUN11129 | 1/26/2009 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :175 | Art & Culture

Renowned music composer Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar has been honoured with the Padma Shri award this year. Last year, it was his elder sister Asha Bhosle, who led the list of Padma awardees with a Padma Vibhushan.
Although Pandit Mangeshkar was unavailable for comments, the staff members at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre, where he is the chief trustee, are jubilant after the announcement of his name earlier in the day.
Mangeshkar is the lone Padma awardee from the city this year.
Hridaynath made his debut in 1955 with the Marathi film Akash Ganga. Since then, he has composed music for Marathi films like Sansar, Jait Re Jait, Nivdung, Umbartha, and a few Hindi films including Lekin, to name a few.
Hridaynath’s wife Bharati, who is the administrator of the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, said her husband is currently on a musical tour and is performing on the eve of Republic Day at Nashik and Malegaon.
Medical director of the hospital Dr Dhananjay Kelkar said, “A felicitation programme will be planned if Panditji permits us.”


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