Shimla: Himalaya Sahitya Sanskriti & Paryavaran Munch, Shimla is to honour Sangeet Shiromani Dr. Krishan Lal Sehgal with “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his outstanding contribution in the field of Himachali Folk Music.
This honor will be conferred on him in a grand folk music event yet to be announced, which will feature Himachali folk music and will be specially dedicated to Dr. Krishan Lal Sehgal. The people will not only get to listen to Pahari songs from him, but other folk artists will also be there at this event, president of Himalaya Manch and noted litterateur SR Harnot stated.
Harnot told that 73-year-old Dr. Krishan Lal Sehgal has devoted his whole life to Himachali folk singing & music and is still active in the field. So far, he has sung morethan hundred of his own composition through Akashvani, Doordarshan and many other mediums. Many audio and video cassettes of his songs have also come out.
Recently, his book titled ‘Geet Meri Mati Re’ has also been published in which the folk songs of Sirmaur district are written in swarlipi. Sehgal has also been honored with district and state level honors by many music & other organizations.
S.R. Harnot informed that Dr. Krishan Lal Sehgal is a Ph.D. in vocals. He has obtained the degrees of Sangeet Visharad in Vocal and Instrumentation from Prachin Kala Kendet Chandigarh and Sangeet Praveen in Vocal Music from Allahabad. He is one of the top performers of All India Radio Shimla and Doordarshan. He retired as Associate Professor (Vocals) from Himachal College Cadre in the year 2008.
Previously the senior writers who have been honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Himalaya Sahitya Manch so far include Srinivas Shrikant, Dr. Mouluram Thakur, Saroj Vashisht, Satyen Sharma, Ramdayal Neeraj, Sundar Lohia, Ramesh Chandra Sharma and Om Prakash Handa. This is the first honor being given in Pahari folk Song.