Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) Legendary singer Manna Dey and writer Mahasweta Devi are among the nine luminaries from diverse fields felicitated with the inaugural 'Banga-Vibhusan' award by the West Bengal government Monday. The award is in recognition of their contribution to arts, culture, music and sports.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who presided over the glittering ceremony, said: "We are so fortunate to have all these legends at the same platform. It is an absolute privilege to honour the 'Navaratnas'."
Padma awardee manna Dey, who turned 93 in May, could not make it to the event owing to ill health. "Mannada is ill. He is not here because he didn't want to come on wheel chair," said Banerjee.
Dey was handed over the award earlier at his