Renowned Indian musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khan will be given the first Prem Nazir International Award during a function in Dammam today, said Rafeek Younus, international coordinator of Soorya and vice president of Saihati Group.
“The distinguished honor of being the first recipient of the Padma Bhushan Prem Nazir International Award is given to the legendary Sarod maestro, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan,” he said quoting a joint statement by the Prem Nazir Trust and Soorya Cultural Society.
Younus said Dr. Abdullah Al-Saihati, chairman of Saihati Group and a patron of the Saudi chapter of Soorya, would present the award to Khan during a special ceremony at Sheraton Hotel in Dammam.
Khan was selected for the award in appreciation for his contributions toward promoting harmony, universal understanding, educating people around the world and his unique talent in performing Sarod, an Indian classical music.
The award is jointly instituted by PNT and Soorya in honor of Nazir, who was a legendary actor and orator, a lover of Indian classical music, a philanthropist and a champion of social causes. He had given his audience the energy to stand against social and religious injustice.
The Indian government had honored Nazir by giving him with Padma Bushan and Padma Shri, the third and fourth highest civilian award in the country. He was admired by many and has inspired a generation of film actors, artists and peaceful activists.
When Prem Nazir had chosen to make movies about social and religious injustice he had won both critiques and admirers. Krishnamoorthy, founder of Soorya is one of his admirers. “With the concurrence the trustees of the PNT and Soorya established the award to enliven Nazir’s memory and perpetuate his example of utilizing his talent to educate, connect and provide courage to people,” the statement said.
The award is given to persons - regardless of race, religion, gender or profession - who has contributed to address issues of human advancement with courage and creativity through their field of expertise in their chosen profession such as acting, performing arts, dance, music, etc.
They can be engineers, doctors, journalists too and in doing so have made contributions which have transformed their societies for the better. The award seeks to inspire young people to apply their talents and energies to selfless and innovative service to their community, their country and to the world as a whole.