India's most respectable playback singer Lata Mangeshkar has been chosen for the special award instituted by the Kairali-Swaralaya-Yesudas trust. The awards were announced by jury chairman M A Baby and Kairali TV executive director P R Ajayan at a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram.
Veteran Mangeshkar will be paid an honour for her over all contribution to the Indian Cinema. The trust will celebrate her career spanning nearly seven decades, rendering song in 36 other Indian languages besides Hindi.
Best known playback singer Shreya Ghoshal is selected for the Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas award for the year 2011. Ghoshal though a popular singer in Bollywood has also sung in regional languages including Malayalam, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Assamese, Marathi and Punjabi.
While Mangeshkar's award comprises a cash component of Rs 2 lakh, memento and citation, the ''Swaralaya'' award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, memento and citation. The awards will be presented to them at a function to be held in Thiruvananthapuram this coming September.