Asha Bhosle: Legendary playback singer Asha Bhosle is now the recipient of the Maharashtra Bhushan Award, the highest honour from the state government. The award was presented to her on March 25.
Asha Bhosle thanked the people of Maharashtra after receiving the award
The iconic singer took to Twitter to express her gratitude towards the people of Maharashtra. “My heart felt gratitude to the people of Maharashtra for conferring upon me the highest level of honour the state can award to an individual – the Maharashtra Bhushan Award,” she wrote.
My heart felt gratitude to the people of Maharashtra for conferring upon me the highest level of honour the state can award to an individual – the Maharashtra Bhushan Award.
Eternally grateful 🙏🏼
Jai hind. Jai Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/1WWejGSSiQ
— ashabhosle (@ashabhosle) March 25, 2021
Her sister Lata Mangeshkar felt proud and congratulated her for receiving the prestigious award.
नमस्कार. माझी बहिण आशा भोसले हीला २०२० सालचा अत्यंत मानाचा “महाराष्ट्र भूषण “ पुरस्कार जाहीर झाला आहे त्याबद्दल मी आशाचे मन:पूर्वक अभिनंदन करते आणि तिला आशिर्वाद देते. pic.twitter.com/IcSFKFAA8F
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) March 25, 2021
Earlier, the Ministry of Culture had made an announcement that Bhosle will be bestowed with the honour for the year 2020. On Thursday, Maharashtra’s chief minister Uddhav Thackeray headed a meeting of the Maharashtra Bhushan Award Selection Committee. Many top politicians like Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Cultural Affairs Minister Amit Vilasrao Deshmukh, Minister of State Rajendra Patil-Yadravkar were also present.
After the meeting concluded, the CM office of Uddhav Thackeray tweeted the winner of the Maharashtra Bhushan Award on its Twitter handle. The tweet was written in Marathi.
ख्यातनाम गायिका आशा भोसले जी यांना २०२० सालचा महाराष्ट्र भूषण पुरस्कार जाहीर झाला आहे. मुख्यमंत्री उद्धव बाळासाहेब ठाकरे यांच्या अध्यक्षतेखालील महाराष्ट्र भूषण पुरस्कार निवड समितीच्या बैठकीत हा निर्णय झाला. निवडीनंतर मुख्यमंत्र्यांनी आशाताईंचे अभिनंदन केले.@ashabhosle
— Office of Uddhav Thackeray (@OfficeofUT) March 25, 2021
Asha Bhosle’s sister Lata Mangeshkar was also awarded the Maharashtra Bhushan Award
Interestingly, Asha Bhosle‘s sister Lata Mangeshkar had been bestowed with the Maharashtra Bhushan award in 1997. She was the second awardee after writer P. L. Deshpande.
The Maharashtra Bhushan award was instituted in 1996 by the Maharashtra government. The award recognises the achievements of different people from different walks of life.
Besides this, Asha Bhosle has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout her singing career. She has been a two-time winner of the National Award, eight-time winner of the Filmfare Award, and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. She was also selected for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2000.