- Rekha bowed down to touch Asha Bhosle's feet at the event
- The award includes Rs 10 lakh along with a 'SwarnKangan' and a trophy
- "I had a long association of close to 50 years with Yashji," said Asha
Asha said: "Yashji was like my younger brother. It is unfortunate that he isn't here anymore. I had a long association of close to 50 years with him, even before he was married. Once I complimented him on his choice of songs and melodies and told him that his ear for music has greatly improved with time.
"That's when Yashji told me, 'I will tell you the secret of that if you won't share it with anyone - actually my wife Pam (Pamela Chopra) decides the songs in the movies'. So I told him no wonder his taste in music has got better. It is an emotional moment for me to receive this honour in his name and I feel a tinge of sadness that he is not here to share it with me."
Rekha, the chief guest along with Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao, felicitated 84-year-old Asha as the fifth recipient of the award. The actress said: "I am here because of two people I love very much -- and those are Yashji and Asha tai... What should I talk about Asha tai? It's like showing light to the Sun. She is an integral part of me, that's what I believe, but I didn't know that when I was a child.
"When I came into the industry and when she started singing for me, that's when I realized this is what it meant to be part of somebody so beautifully... I don't have any words to express my love and gratitude towards her." Asha has sung many songs for Rekha in her films.
Sharing their cinematic association, Rekha said, "I want to thank Asha tai for pouring the soul into my performances and for being the voice of whatever I have done in the films because without Asha tai and her feelings, I would have never been able to dance like that, to be able to sing like that and to be able to bring that look in my eyes.
On the life lessons she has taken from Asha, Rekha said: "As a person, I learned one thing from Asha tai that irrespective of tough and good times sail through the phase with a smiling face. I wish she lives till the time this mankind is existing."
The event also saw Parineeti Chopra, Padmini Kolhapure, Poonam Dhillon, Alka Yagnik, Jackie Shroff and Jaya Prada in attendance.
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