Javed Akhtar awarded 2017 Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award
Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar (72) was honoured with the 2017 Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award at event in Mumbai which marked 80th birthday of veteran music composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar and 28th anniversary of Hridayesh Arts.
He was born on 17 January 1945. He is poet, lyricist and screenwriter. He is mainstream writer and some of his most successful work was carried out with Salim Khan as half of script-writing duo credited as Salim-Javed between 1971 and 1982. The duo had worked together in 24 films including two Kannada films of which 20 were hits. He is recipient of Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), Sahitya Akademi Award as well as five National Film Awards. He was nominated as Rajya Sabha member in November 2009
Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award
The award was established in 2011 by Mumbai-based socio-cultural organisation Hridayesh Art in honour of music composer and singer Hridaynath Mangeskar. It felicitates and recognises successful individuals across country from various walks of life. It carries monetary award of Rs 2 lakh and a memento.
The previous recipients of the award include eminent personalities like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Amitabh Bachchan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, A R Rahman. The 2016 award was awarded to five-time world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand. Hridaynath Mangeskar is son of renowned musician Deenanath Mangeshkar and is younger brother of Indian music legends Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.