Mohammed Rafi Awards conferred
Mohammed Rafi Award instituted by the NGO Spandan Arts was bestowed upon late music composer Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and playback singer Usha Timothy.
The Mohammed Rafi Lifetime Achievement Award consisting of Rs 1 lakh and a trophy was conferred to Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar. The Mohammed Rafi consisting of Rs 51,000 and a trophy was conferred to Usha Timothy.
Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar
Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar had a successful and long partnership with Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma. As music composers duo they gave hit tracks like Bindiya Chamkegi’, ‘Main Shayar Toh Nahin’ and ‘Hansta Hua Noorani Chehra’ among others. The duo composed music for about 635 Hindi movies from 1963 to 1998. He passed away on 25 May 1998 at the of age 60.
Usha Timothy is a Bollywood playback singer. Usha Timothy has sung more than a thousand songs in multiple Indian languages such as Hindi, Malayalam, Punjabi, Bhojpuri and Marathi. She was often referred to as “Singer with a difference”.