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Singing legend Sandhya Mukherjee often known as Sandhya Mukhopadhyay on Tuesday refused a suggestion of a Padma Shri award when she was contacted by the central authorities officers telephonically for her acquiesce. Daughter Soumi Sengupta mentioned Mukherjee advised the senior official who referred to as from Delhi that she was not prepared to be named as a Padma Shri recipient on being contacted searching for her consent to being named a Padma Shri within the Republic Day awards checklist.

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PTI quoted Sengupta as saying, “At the age of 90, with a singing profession spanning over about eight many years, being chosen for Padma Shri is demeaning for a singer of her stature.”

She further added, “Padma Shri is more deserving for a junior artiste, not `Gitasree’ Sandhya Mukhopadhyay. Her family and all the lovers of her songs feel.”

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Interestingly, Mukherjee’s very long time collaborator and acclaimed singer and composer Hemanta Mukhopadhyay had additionally rejected the Padma awards. The singer had refused each Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.

An unlimited variety of netizens supported Mukherjee’s determination and took to Twitter to voice their opinion.

The legendary singer is taken into account for lengthy a prima donna of music in Bengal. Her collaboration with singer Hemanta Mukherjee has given the Bengali movie trade some evergreen songs like Ei Path Jadi Na Sesh Hoy, E Shudhu Ganer Din, Aaj Holi Khelbo Shyam and Raag Je Tomar Mishti amongst others. Mukherjee has additionally sung for a variety of Hindi film music administrators together with S D Burman, Anil Biswas, Madan Mohan, Roshan and Salil Choudhary. Mukherjee acquired Banga Bibhushan in 2011, which is the very best civilian honour of West Bengal.

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The veteran singer additionally acquired the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 1970 for the movies Jay Jayanti and Nishi Padma.

Meanwhile, veteran Bengali actor Victor Banerjee was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the nation’s third-highest civilian award. Banerjee, 75, is understood for a number of outstanding movies and has labored with administrators together with Satyajit Ray, David Lean and Roman Polanski amongst others.

(With PTI inputs)

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