Akashvani is the oldest form of mass media in the country. It has given Indian entertainment an identity. Most of the stalwarts of the nation gave their debut performances on the radio. They first made fans of the radio lovers, then, the rest of the country.
Now radio is paying them back. The very first Akashwani National Awards Ceremony will grace the city with its star-studded guest list. Renonwed musicians from the various genres of Hindustani, Carnatic and Light Music will descend on the city for the ceremony.
The award consists of a citation and Rs. 1 lakh in cash. Just ogle at this tremendous winners list: Manna Dey Lata Mangeshkar Bhimsen Joshi TK Murthi Vidushi Sharan Rani MS Subbalakshmi M Balamurali Krishna Pandit Jasraj MS Gopalkrishna Pandit Ravi Shankar Bhupen Hazarika Ustad Bismillah Khan and others.
The sad part is that there will not be performances by any of the awardees at the gathering. Nonetheless, seeing the crème de la crème of Indian music, all at one place, is an unforgettable experience. Be a part of it.