A Sangeet Natak Akademi laureate (2018), Wadkar, 68, will be presented with a cash prize, a commendation and a memento as part of the award at a ceremony later, an official said.
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar’s songs and her voice have a special place in the hearts of people. It would not be wrong to call her an institution of music in herself.
An eight-part series, ‘Naam Reh Jaayega’ will be paying tribute to the ‘Voice Of India’, Lata di and her contribution to music.
With 18 notable singers including Pyarelal, Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Nitin Mukesh, Neeti Mohan, Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, Udit Narayan, Shaan, Kumar Sanu, Amit Kumar, Jatin Pandit, Javed Ali, Aishwarya Majmudar, Sneha Pant, Palak Muchhal and Anwesha, the show will honour the ‘Nightingale of India’. The veteran singers will be singing some of her iconic songs.
Says Javed Ali: “I consider everything that Lata Didi gave us as a prasad as a blessing. I and everyone in the music industry have learnt so much from her. Everyone that loves music loves Lata Mangeshkarji and I’m honoured to pay tribute to her.”
On the other hand, Nitin Mukesh recalls how he travelled with Lata di and shares a few memories: “I have a lifetime of memory with Lata Mangeshkar ji and received so much love from her. She knew my father since before I was born. I have travelled with her, and learned so much from her. Her voice will always truly be God’s divine blessing and it’s my honour to be part of ‘Naam Reh Jaayega’. Music starts with Lata Mangeshkar and ends with her and because music is immortal so is she”
While singer Sadhana Sargam expresses her feelings and shares: “It feels as though life has come full circle for me. The government of Madhya Pradesh conferred me with the ‘Lata Mangeshkar Award’ and now I’m here to pay tribute and homage to the greatest singer to ever come from India.”
Conceived and directed by Gajendra Singh, Saibaba Studios’ ‘Naam Reh Jaayega’ is starting from May 1 at 7 pm on Star Plus.