Pandit Bhajan Sopori awarded ‘RAWA Samman’

 

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Pandit Bhajan Sopori awarded ‘RAWA Samman’
New Delhi (India) December 05, 2010

usic legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori, acclaimed as the cultural face of Jammu & Kashmir, has been honoured with the prestigious ‘RAWA Samman’ by the Renaissance Artists & Writers Association. The award was presented to him in Delhi at Sri Satya Sai International Centre. The award was presented to him in appreciation of his service to music and culture of the country.

Pandit Bhajan Sopori is more than an individual, a performer and composer par excellence, musicologist, a complete institution in himself. Pandit Bhajan Sopori is hailed as the “Saint of the Santoor” and the “King of Strings”. He has led the revival of Sufism to spread the message of humanism amongst the masses. Having composed over 5000 songs, his compositions and recitals bear the distinctive stamp of his virtuosity and erudition. He has used his Santoor and his compositions to highlight the concept of oneness and foster unity enshrining the idea of national integration, humanism and peace amongst the common man and the youth in particular for which he has been honoured with various awards and titles which include the prestigious Padma Shri, Sangeet Natak Academy Award, J&K State Award, National Flag Honour of the Arab Republic of Egypt, etc.
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