French honour for Lata

French honour for Lata

 
Lata Mangeshkar. APThe award which has earlier been conferred on Oscar winning Indian director Satyajit Ray as well as Amitabh Bachchan will be bestowed on the 80-year-old singer during an official ceremony in Mumbai hosted by Jerome Bonnafont, Ambassador of France to India, on December 2.

“France has a tradition of supporting artistes from all over the world.
Bestowing the insignia of Officer of the Legion of Honour on Lata Mangeshkar is a recognition of her incomparable singing career and to a personality who has stayed at the top range in her field for over 60 years,” said Jerome Bonnafont.

The Legion d’Honneur is the highest distinction that can be conferred by the French Republic on a French citizen as well as on a foreigner.

Other famous personalities who have been awarded this honour include Steven Spielberg and actor Gerard Depardieu.

The legendary singer who first broke onto the music scene with “Aayega Aanewaala” in Mahal (1949), is considered the greatest playback singer in Indian cinema having sung more than 30,000 songs in a career spanning six decades.

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