Bollywood singer Adnan Sami Khan became one of the recipients of the Padma Shri award earlier on Monday, 8th of November. The award was handed to him by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind in Delhi. The ‘Padma Shri’ is the fourth highest civilian award in the country.
The Hindustan Times covered the news, being amongst several other honorees at the ceremony held at India’s presidential residence- the ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan’.
Adnan Sami Khan, who had given up his Pakistani nationality to attain Indian citizenship, said:
“Sometimes you don’t have words to express yourself. Thankful to government. Thankful to people, nothing is possible without them. I dedicate this to my father [and] mother. It’s not only an honour but also a responsibility, which I’ll try to carry out well,”
President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Adnan Sami Khan for Art. He is a world renowned and celebrated music composer, concert pianist, singer and actor. pic.twitter.com/8ybkPIqhJR
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 8, 2021
Alongside Adnan Sami Khan, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut and Producer Karan Johar were also some of the recipients of the award.
Ranaut said ever since she had gotten fame and success in her acting career she has used her influence to bring change to society: calling out fairness products, item numbers, big production houses endorsing patriarchal values etc. She said many had criticized her for being vocal on these societal issues, advising her to focus on her work alone. However, the state recognizing all her efforts through this civilian honour will shut all those people up, she said.
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