Legendary Urdu poet and academician Prof Shaheryar was on Sunday presented India's highest literary honour — the Jnanpith Award — for the year 2008.
Presenting the award, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan said, "Like Rahi Massom Raza, Shaheryar also believed in breaking the imaginary wall between Hindi and Urdu. He is a real mascot of Hindi-Urdu culture."
In the form of songs in 'Fasle', 'Anjuman', 'Gaman' and 'Umrao Jaan', Shaheryar has given unique gift to the film industry, Bachchan said. "Today I feel honoured because I got the opportunity to give this prize to Shaheryar sahab," the veteran actor said.
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