Javed Akhtar honoured with the Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award

Vastavam web: Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar has been honoured with the Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award.Akhtar received the honour here last night at an event which marked the 28th anniversary of Hridayesh Arts and the 80th birthday of veteran music composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar.Akhtar, 72, recalled how Lata Mangeshkar played a pivotal role in his journey as a lyricist.
“Yash Chopra sahab came to my house and said he was making ‘Silsila’ and I should write the songs I refused, saying I write poetry only for myself and script writing is enough. But he insisted and made me write the lyrics.Akhtar said he got to know that it was Lata Mangeshkar, who had suggested his name to Chopra as lyricist for “Silsila” as his frequent collaborator Sahir Ludhianvi had passed away.Hridayesh Arts, in association with Jay Satya Charitable Trust, organised a music programme titled ‘Amrut Hriday Swar Lata’, presented by Annu Kapoor Films Pvt Ltd to salute and celebrate 75 glorious years of Lata Mangeshkar.Lata said she was fortunate to sing songs written by people like Akhtar and her favourite song of his is “Ye Kaha Aagaye Hum” from “Silsila”