Paying tribute to the late legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said she was India's cultural ambassador who had left an indelible imprint in the world of music over the nearly eight decades of her long career. Mr. Modi was speaking at Mumbai's Shanmukhananda Hall, where he received the first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award, instituted in memory of the legendary singer, who had passed away in February this year, aged 92. A statement issued by the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan charitable trust said that the award would be given each year to only one individual with "path-breaking, spectacular and exemplary contributions to the country, its people and the society". The award citation praised Mr. Modi, the first recipient, as "an international statesman who has put India on the path of global leadership." Saluting the singer as the 'empress of music', the PM said that Lata Mangeshkar was akin to his elder sister. "When the award is in the name of an elder sister like Lata didi , it is a symbol of her oneness and love for me. I dedicate this award for all my countrymen. Like she stood for everyone, the award in her… Read full this story
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