NEW DELHI: From ‘Lift Kara De’, ‘Kabhi Toh Nazar Mila’ to ‘Bhar Do Jholi Meri’, singer Adnan Sami has undoubtedly entertained music lovers with his versatile songs in a career spanning over 25 years, and now getting honoured with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, must be one of the biggest milestones of his life.
On Monday, President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Adnan with the Padma Shri in a ceremony held in Delhi. He received the award in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. Considering Adnan’s work, it won’t be right to say that he does not deserve the honour. However, several people got irked when his name was announced to be bestowed with Padma Shri as he’s born in Pakistan.
Adnan applied for Indian citizenship in 2015 and became a citizen of the country in January 2016. 8 November 2021, will always hold a special place in Adnan’s heart as he finally received the prestigious award after facing huge backlash.
After being conferred with Padma Shri, Adnan said, “Sometimes you don’t have words to express yourself. Thankful to Govt. Thankful to people, nothing is possible without them. I dedicate this to my father-mother. It’s not only an honour but also a responsibility, which I’ll try to carry out well,” he said.