Nitin Mukesh, Manoj Kumar to be honoured in MP

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Bhopal, Feb 15 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh government's Lata Mangeshkar Samman would be conferred on singer Nitin Mukesh while the Kishore Kumar Samman would be awarded to actor, director, script-writer and lyricist Manoj Kumar.

''Rashtriya Iqbal Samman, for outstanding Urdu literature, would be given to writer Iqbal Majid. Violinist Kala Ramnath would be honoured with the Rashtriya Kumar Gandharv Samman for knowledge of classical music,'' Culture and Public Relations Minister Lakshmikant Sharma told reporters here today.

A citation would be given to each awardee along with Rs 2 lakh while Rs one lakh would go to the Kumar Gandharv Samman recipient.

Mukesh's voice lent its beauty to the Hindi film world for more than three decades. 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram', 'Noori', 'Trishul', 'Chandni', 'Kranti', 'Khudgarz' and 'Tezaab' proved milestones in his career.

Manoj Kumar aka 'Bharat Kumar' would be awarded for script-writing. His films focussed on patriotism, social and family values.

Majid had already been honoured by the Uttar Pradesh government's Urdu Academy and the Madhya Pradesh government's Shikhar Samman.

Ramanath has received Surmani, Suratna and Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Purusakar.

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