Amitabh Bachchan is now the recipient of the third Hridaynath Mangeshkar award for his massive contribution to the film industry. The prestigious Hridaynath Mangeshkar award was supposed to be given by Lata Mangeshkar was instead presented by Subhash Ghai.
Commenting on his blog about the award, Bachchan posted, “And then a truly proud moment .. a reward at the hands of the Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar ji for my contribution to cinema. A historic moment because they were felicitating 71 years of my life which coincided with 71 years of Lata ji’s entry into film music and song. After a wait Lata ji called and excused herself from the function because she had suddenly taken ill. But … the very thought of sharing the stage with her and then to receive this recognition from her hands, was in itself the greatest reward. An honour beyond all else. The traditional head wear of respect, the shawl of reverence and the garland of flowers, along with the priests from SiddhiVinayak and their chants, to the glittering tray replicating the temple and 71 ‘modaks’ the religiosity of its temperament on a beautifully decorated tray, were all filled with an emotion difficult to describe ..”