Renowned sitar player Manju Mehta was conferred with ‘Tansen Samman’ for 2018 by the Madhya Pradesh government for her contribution in the field of music. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar presented the award to Mehta, age 74, at the inaugural ceremony of the Tansen Music Festival in Gwalior here on Tuesday. The award consists of cash award of Rs 2 lakh and a memento.
Mehta, a recipient of several honours, learnt music from legendary sitar maestro late Pandit Ravi Shankar. She is the co-founder of Saptak School of Music at Ahmedabad in Gujarat. She was also a top-grade artist in All India Radio.
Tansen Music Festival (Tansen Samaroh) is organised every year by the MP culture department in the memory of the great Indian musical maestro Tansen, who was among the nine gems (Navratna) in the court of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Artist and music lovers from all over the world are invited to deliver their innovative music showcases. It is being held in Gwalior since the past 94 years.