Noted poet, lyricist Gulzar to be honoured with Hon D.litt


Legendary lyricist, poet and filmmaker Gulzar will be conferred with an honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.), an academic degree higher than a Doctorate (Dr.) by Rabindra Bharati University, an institution renowned for the advancement of learning and culture in the branches of dance, music and drama.  The award will be given away at Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral home Jorasanko Thakurbari  on May 8, on the occasion of the varsity’s annual convocation, according to a statement.

The Padma Bhushan awardee is a recipient of the highest award in Indian cinema – the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. He has also won several National Film awards and Filmfare awards.  The song ‘Jai Ho’ in the 2007 Hollywood film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fetched him the Academy Award for Best Original Song and also a Grammy Award.

Gulzar’s career in the film industry began in 1963 when he wrote a song, ‘Mora Gora Ang Layle’ for director Bimal Roy’s film ‘Bandini’. Ever since, he has offered cinema-lovers a number of films including, ‘Aandhi’, ‘Mausam’, ‘Khoosboo’, ‘Parichay’, to name a few, and written wondedful songs for numerous others.