She is undoubtedly the eternal pride of India, who can rightly be called as the 'Living Goddess'. No prizes for guessing as to we are indeed referring to the one and only Lata Mangeshkar, India's answer to perfection and grace.
Giving any award to this lady is as equivalent to holding a small match stick before the blazing sun. But the greatness of this lady is that, even at this age and stature, she welcomes the awards with grace and poise. The latest one to adorn the beauty of the legendary singer's already overflowing showcase of awards is that of the French government, who will confer the Insignia of Officer de la Legion d'Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour) on this lady.
Lata Mangeshkar, who is better known as the 'Nightingale of India', will be decorated with the said title, during an official ceremony hosted by Mr. Jerôme Bonnafont, Ambassador of France to India, on 2nd December 2009, on the occasion of the opening of the French Film Festival held from 2nd to 6th December in Mumbai and part of the French cultural Festival "Bonjour India".
In regards to this grand event, Jerôme Bonnafont, Ambassador of France to India, said "France has a tradition of supporting artists from all over the world. Bestowing the insignia of Officer of the Legion of Honour on Lata Mangeshkar, is a recognition of her incomparable singing career, and to a personality who has stayed at the top rang in her field for over 60 years."
For starters, some of the famous personalities who have been awarded this honour include the legendary greats like Steven Spielberg, the late Satyajit Ray, and Amitabh Bachchan.