New Delhi: Kashmirs versatile folk singer Abdul Rashid Hafiz was on Friday honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function here attended by some of the countrys finest musicians, dancers and theatre artistes.
The 61-year-old singer was among the 40 artistes who received the 2014 Akademi awards from the President in the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan for their contribution to music, dance, theatre, traditional and folk music, puppetry as well as scholarships in the performing arts.
The citation described Hafiz as the king of Kashmiri folk singing, who had represented his state in many prestigious festivals. A top grade artist of AIR and Doordarshan, he has also won other awards including one from the state government.
Hafiz said later that it was an honour not only to him but also a recognition of the best traditions of the Kashmiri music.
He is the third singer from the state to have won the prestigious award, the other two having been Raj Begum and Ali Mohammed Shaikh. PTI
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