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The Governor of Maharashtra CH Vidyasagar Rao presented the 5th Yash Chopra Memorial National Award to renowned playback singer Asha Bhosale at a glittering ceremony held (at Hotel J W Mariott) in Mumbai on Friday (16 Feb).

The Award instituted by the TSR Foundation was presented by the Governor to Asha Bhosale in presence of Chairman of the Foundation Dr T. Subbaramy Reddy, filmstars Rekha, Jaya Prada, Punam Dhillon, Padmini Kolhapure, Jackie Shroff and Parineeti Chopra, playback singer Alka Yagnik, Pamela Chopra, Anu Ranjan and Shashi Ranjan. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.10 Lakh and a Golden Bracelet.

Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Rekha are the past recipients of the Award.

“Asha Bhosale is one of the most versatile playback singers who has sung different genres of songs such as Lavni, Ghazal and Pop songs with with the same grace and perfection as she has sung devotional songs,” said the Governor. Describing Asha Bhosale as India’s Ambassador to the world of music, Vidyasagar Rao said Ashaji took Indian music onto the global stage.

In her reply to the felicitation, Asha Bhosale recalled her long association with film producer Yash Chopra. She concluded her speech with the rendition of the song. ‘Aage Bhi Jaane na Tu…Pichhe Bhi Jaane Naa Tu..’

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