Kishore Kumar award given to Manoj Kumar

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Bhopal, Aug 5(UNI) Noted cine artiste Manoj Kumar was presented the ''National Kishore Kumar award'' for 2007-08 for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.

The award, carrying Rs 2 lakh and a citation and was instituted by the Culture department of Madhya Pradesh government, was presented by state Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma at a grand function organised last night at Khandwa, the birth place of late Kishore Kumar.

Expressing his gratitude for the honour, Mr Manoj Kumar said the award money would be used for charity to children and poor.

Mr Sharma announced that the state government would institute a Rs one lakh award in the name of film actor Manoj Kumar, who in reel life symbolised ''Bharat Kumar'' in all aspects. The state government will recommend the Centre to honour him with 'Bharat Ratna', Mr Sharma added.

He said a multi-art complex ''Gauri Kunj'' would be developed at Khandwa at a cost of Rs 2 crore.

A 30-minute documentary on Manoj Kumar was screened on the occasion, while music director Bappi Lahiri, who made a presentation, was also honoured with a shawl and coconut.

Mr Manoj Kumar is the 11th recipient of this prestigious award.

Other awardees include: Rishikesh Mukherjee( 1997-98), Naseeruddin Shah(1998-99), Gulzar (1999-2000), Kaifi Azmi(2000-01), B R Chopra (2001-02), Amitabh Bachhan(2002-03), Govind Nihalani(2003-04), Javed Akhtar(2004-05), Shyam Benegal(2005-06) and Shatrughna Sinha(2006-07).

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