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Bhajan Sopori gets M.N. Mathur Award
3/3/2011 10:04:35 PM
EARLY TIMES REPORT
Jammu, March 3: The Legendary Santoor Maestro and Music Composer Pandit Bhajan Sopori received the M. N. Mathur Award 2011 in Udaipur as a part of the 49th Maharana Kumbha Sangeet Samaroh.The award was presented to Pt. Sopori for his immense contribution to the field of music. The award was presented by S. S. Ranawat, president, Maharana Kumbha Sangeet Parishad, Dr. I. L. Trivedi, Vice Chancellor, Udaipur University and other members of the organization.A complete institution in himself, Pt. Bhajan Sopori is regarded as the cultural bridge of Jammu & Kashmir and the rest of the country. He has led the revival of Sufism to spread the message of humanism amongst the masses. Having composed over 5000 songs, his compositions and recitals bear the distinctive stamp of his virtuosity and erudition. He has used his Santoor and his compositions to highlight the concept of oneness and foster unity enshrining the idea of national integration, humanism and peace amongst the common masses and the youth.He has been honored with various awards and titles which include the prestigious Padma Shri, Sangeet Natak Academy Award, J&K State Award, National Flag Honour of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Bharat Shiromani Award, etc. The felicitation ceremony was attended by various dignitaries and art lovers including a galaxy of stalwarts of Indian music. The festival featured music concerts by some of the legends of Indian music like Pt. Bhajan Sopori (Santoor), Ustad Zakir Hussain (Tabla), Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra (Vocal) and others.
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