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New Delhi, Aug 1: Noted filmmaker Muzaffar Ali, who had directed the Bollywood classic “Umrao Jaan“, has been selected for Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award for his outstanding contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill. It carries a citation and cash award of Rs 5 lakh. Also Read - '1984 Riots Could've Been Averted Had Rao Listened to Gujral,' Says Former PM Manmohan Singh
The decision to honour the 69-year-old film maker, social worker and sufi poet was taken at a meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award yesterday. Born in Lucknow, Ali also directed over one-and-a-half dozen movies including “Gaman” and “Khizan”. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2005. Also Read - Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case: HC Grants 30-day Parole to Life Convict Robert Payas for Son's Wedding
This will be the 22nd edition of the sadbhavana award, which will be presented at a special ceremony at Jawahar Bhavan on August 20, the birthday of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has been presenting the award ever since it was constituted. It was instituted to commemorate the contribution made by him to promote peace, communal harmony and fight against violence.
Recipients of the award include Mother Teresa, K R Narayanan, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Dilip Kumar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. Others who got it were Jagan Nath Kaul, Mohd Yunus, Hiteswar Saikia and Subhadra Joshi (jointly), Kapila Vatsyayan, Teesta Setalvad and Harsh Mander (jointly), S N Subbarao, Swami Agnivesh and Madari Moideen (jointly), Nirmala Deshpande, Hem Dutta, N Radhakrishnan, Gautam Bhai, SPIC MACAY and D R Mehta.