Press Trust of India
May 08, 2012 12:16 IST
Sitar maestro Pandit Ravishankar
has been nominated for the first Tagore Award, instituted by
the government to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of
Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, for promoting values of
The name of Ravishankar, the Varanasi-born most known
contemporary Indian musician, was cleared unanimously by a
jury under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
On the recommendation of the jury, the award has been
renamed as 'Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony', Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee said while announcing Ravishankar's
name for the award.
The award would be presented by the President in a
special ceremony, he said.
Singh had last year announced establishment of the Tagore
Award for promoting values of universal brotherhood.
The award comprises Rs one crore, a citation in a scroll,
a plaque and an exquisite traditional handicraft or handloom