90-year outdated veteran singer Sandhya Mukherjee, also referred to as Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, on Tuesday refused a suggestion of a Padma Shri award saying it’s extra deserving of a junior artiste and never somebody of her stature. She is the second particular person from West Bengal to refuse a civilian honour. Former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had on Tuesday turned down the Padma Bhushan. He mentioned that he was not conscious that he had been named for it, and he would reject it if it had been so.
Ms Mukherjee’s daughter Soumi Sengupta mentioned that her mom advised the senior official who referred to as from Delhi that she was not keen to be named as a Padma Shri recipient and felt “insulted” at her being provided the award at her age. She was contacted in search of her consent to be named a Padma Shri within the Republic Day awards listing.
Whereas the previous West Bengal chief minister’s refusal of the award is political – he has been a vocal critic of the BJP authorities – Ms Sengupta says her mom’s resolution has nothing to do with politics.
A recipient turning down India’s prime civilian honours is extraordinarily uncommon. They’re required to verify acceptance earlier than the announcement.
Movie author Salim Khan had mentioned he had refused to just accept a Padma Shri in 2015. Earlier than him, historian Romila Thapar had refused a Padma Bhushan in 2005, having returned her 1974 award in 1984 over the siege of the Golden Temple by the Indian Military.
Writer Khushwant Singh had additionally returned his 1974 Padma Bhushan in 1984 over the identical problem however he accepted the Padma Vibhushan in 2007.
“On the age of 90, with a singing profession spanning over about eight many years, being chosen for Padma Shri is demeaning for a singer of her stature,” Ms Sengupta mentioned.
Padma Shri, awarded for “distinguished service”, is the fourth highest civilian honour within the nation after Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.
“Padma Shri is extra deserving for a junior artiste, not ‘Gitasree’ Sandhya Mukhopadhyay. Her household and all of the lovers of her songs really feel,” the daughter mentioned.
The singer thought-about for lengthy a prima donna of music in Bengal has additionally sung for quite a few Hindi film music administrators together with S D Burman, Anil Biswas, Madan Mohan, Roshan and Salil Choudhary.
Ms Mukherjee acquired the “Banga Bibhushan”, West Bengal’s highest civilian award, in 2011 – the 12 months it was instituted by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, and a Nationwide Movie Award for Finest Feminine Playback Singer in 1970.