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21 January 2012

Madhya Pradeh government to institute Ustad Amir Khan National Award

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The Bharatiya Janata Party ruled Madhya Pradesh Government will institute a Rs. one lakh award to perpetuate the memories of famous classical vocalist Ustad Amir Khan.

This announcement was made by Madhya Pradesh Culture Minister Mr. Laxmikant Sharma after inaugurating three-day "Rag Amir" held to mark the Ustad Amir Khan's birth centenary year and completion of Silver Jubilee Year of Ustad Amir Khan Samaroh at Indore on Friday, an official release said.

The Culture Minister reportedly said that Ustad Amir Khan's house at Indore will be preserved by the Archaeology Department with the consent of his family. When Ustad Amir Khan's son Mr. Shahbaz Khan expressed the desire to open a Sangeet academy, Mr. Sharma assured to extend full cooperation on behalf of the State Government if he does so.

The festival being held under the joint aegis of Ustad Alauddin Khan Kala Evam Sangeet Akademi of Sanskriti Parishad and Madhya Pradesh Public Relations Department will continue till January 22. Ustad Amir Khan's son Mr. Shahbaz Khan and disciple Mr. Tejpal Singh were specially present on the occasion, the release added.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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