Hubli, Jan 7: Veteran Hindustani vocalist Gangubai Hangal was honoured with 'E-TV Varshada Kannadiga' award (Kannadiga of the Year award) at a colourful function at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here late last night.
Maharashtra Governor S M Krishna, speaking after presenting the award to the noted classical vocalist amidst thunderous applause, said that once in a century such maestro like Gangubai Hangal were born. Reacting to the felicitation 94-year-old Gangubai said she was delighted to receive an award at her hometown and before a large audience. "I am grateful to the people of the state who selected me for the award". She also presented Rag Puriya Dhanashri responding to the demand of the audience, who were thrilled at her singing at her age.