One of India’s greatest Sarod Master Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was presented “Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement” at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi for his immense contribution to the enrichment and promotion of Indian Classical Music.
Former Diplomat Lalit Mansingh presented the award to Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has already received fellowship of sangeet Natak Akademi, UNESCO Award, UNICEP National Ambassadorship, Fukuoka cultural Grand price of Japan & ‘Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters’ of France. Ustad Amjad Khan was born in 1945 in Gwalior and received Padma Vibhushan in 2001.
Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement :
In February 2011, the first ‘Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement’ established by Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra was award to Pandit Birju Maharaj . Sumitra Charat Ram was a noted Indian arts patron, impresario and the founder of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (SBKK) established in 1952. She played a key role in the revival of performing arts, especially Kathak in the post-independence era, with the establishment of Kathak Kendra.