|Sonu Nigam: Biography|
On May 17, in Jetpur (Gujarat, India) a boy was born in the family of zamindars.
He is the Velvet Voiced Singer…Pankaj Udhas
Pankaj Udhas – A Socially Conscious Citizen
In 1989 Pankaj Udhas released the album 'Nabeel', which went on to become one of his best selling albums. The first copy of the album was placed at an auction where it was sold for as high as Rs. 1 Lakh. The money was donated to the Caner Patients Aid Association.
In his 20 years of social association Pankaj Udhas has done numerous concerts to raise funds for social causes. He has collected lakhs of rupees and donated the same towards charitable causes.
Way back in the mid-80s, Udhas was instrumental in starting a movement called 'Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals' where top ghazal singers of the industry would perform to collect funds for social causes. The festival was discontinued for some reasons but in 2002, Udhas again took the initiative and revived the festival. Held at the Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai every year, Khazana is a huge hit every year. In the last six years this festival has collected more then Rs 3 crores for the Cancer Patients Aid Association & the Parents Thalassemia Unit Trust.Udhas now intends to take Khazana to other cities and maybe other countries also.
In June 2005 & 2006 he organised a golf tornament titled Khazana Golf Tornament in aid of cancer patients and thalassemic children in Nashville Tennessy in the United States and collected 1 lac and 46 thousand Usdollars.] after the success of this tournament it has been decided to make it an annual event
For his outstanding contribution in the field of Ghazal Singing and social service President of India conferred the "Padma Shri" Award to him on29th March 2006 at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi