New Delhi — Noted filmmaker Muzaffar Ali, who directed Bollywood classic "Umrao Jaan," has been selected for the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill.
The award carries a citation and cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh.
The decision to honor the 69-year-old filmmaker, social worker and Sufi poet was taken at a meeting of the advisory committee of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award July 31.
Born in Lucknow, Ali has also directed over 18 movies including "Gaman" and "Khizan." He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2005.
This will be the 22nd edition of the Sadbhavana Award, which will be presented at a special ceremony at Jawahar Bhavan on Aug. 20, the birthday of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has been presenting the award ever since it was instituted to commemorate the contribution made by Rajiv to promote peace, communal harmony and fight against violence.
Recipients of the award include Mother Teresa, K.R. Narayanan, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Dilip Kumar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Maulana Wahiduddin Khan.
Others who got it were Jagan Nath Kaul, Mohd Yunus, Hiteswar Saikia and Subhadra Joshi (jointly), Kapila Vatsyayan, Teesta Setalvad and Harsh Mander (jointly), S.N. Subbarao, Swami Agnivesh and Madari Moideen (jointly), Nirmala Deshpande, Hem Dutta, N. Radhakrishnan, Gautam Bhai, SPIC MACAY and D.R. Mehta.