Three personalities from theatre and the film industry
like Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad and Madhur Bhandarkar
will be conferred the Ganga Sharan Singh Award by President
Dr Pratibha Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhavan this Wednesday
for their contribution to Hindi language.
isn't the first time Bhandarkar, Benegal and Karnad
are being felicitated. Earlier, Benegal was felicited
with the Padma Shri award in 1976 and Padma Bhushan
award in 1991. Karnad too was conferred the Padma Shri
award in 1974 and the Padma Bhushan award in 1992.
Bhandarkar, this would be the fourth time that he
would receive a Presidential award. In 2001 and 2005,
he was conferred the National Film Award for best
film for Chandni Bar and Page 3, respectively, by
the then President APJ Kalam. In 2007, he was conferred
the National Film Award for best director for Traffic
Ganga Sharan Singh award is a literary honour that
the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan (Central Hindi Organisation),
Ministry of Human Resource Development annually confers
on writers of outstanding works in Hindi literature.
The award is also bestowed upon those who play an
important role in promoting the Hindi language through
their area of expertise.