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16 October 2012

Script writer Saleem Khan honoured with National Kishore Kumar Award

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Culture and Public Relations Minister Laxmikant Sharma bestowed National Kishore Kumar Award on famous film script writer Saleem Khan at a grand function in Khandwa on Saturday. As part of the award, a cheque worth Rs. two lakh, shawl and coconut were presented to Saleem Khan.

Addressing the function, Laxmikant Sharma said that National Kishore Kumar Award will also be given for playback singing from next year. So far, it is given for film direction, acting, script and lyrics writing. He informed that Sangeet College will be started at Khandwa from July 2013. The State Government will organise a film festival at Khandwa in the name of Dada Muni. Saleem Khan was accompanied by his wife and famous actress Mrs. Helen.

After receiving the National Kishore Kumar Award, Saleem Khan expressed gratitude towards Madhya Pradesh government and lauded its hospitality. He said that this award is very significant since it is still relevant. He said that he is short of words for praising Madhya Pradesh government.

On the occasion, Women & Child Development Minister and in-charge of Khandwa district Mrs. Ranjana Baghel described Indian cinema as a propagator of Hindi language. She also described Saleem Khan as a personality who has given a mature image to the Indian cinema. Tribal Welfare Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah wished long life for Saleem Khan. Mrs. Helen was overwhelmed by the grand welcome by Khandwa residents and expressed gratitude towards them.

In the end Khandwa Mayor Mrs. Bhavna Shah proposed a vote of thanks. At the function, playback singer Narayan and his troupe sang melodious songs. 

[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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