HONOUR: (From left) Virendra Sharma, Anuradha Paudwal and Tan Dhesi


TWO of India’s renowned play­back singers were hosted at parliament last Wednesday (4) by UK politicians. Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal were honoured for their outstanding contribution in the field of music, social and charitable service, by members of parliament who form the Indo-British All Party Parlia­mentary Group. The pair are popular for ren­dering a number of classics from Bollywood films from the 1990s and 2000s. Both have won an array of awards for their work, including the prestigious Padma Shri award from the In­dian government. Attendees included Viren­dra Sharma, chair of the Group and host of the event, as well as Labour politicians Tan Dhesi and Gareth Thomas. Sharma commended the artists for their music accomplishments as well as charitable work. CONTRIBUTION: (From left) Tan Dhesi, Kumar Sanu and Virendra Sharma “Today, we are proud to be able to celebrate their historic contributions to the Indian music industry and these awards establish them among the highest class of performer,” Sharma said. Dhesi added it was an “abso­lute pleasure” to host two of the greatest Indian singers. “Both have been fearless in their careers, following their own path and pushing the boundaries of Indian music, and have sung songs that have proven to be timeless,” the Sikh politician said.