Lata Mangeshkar felicitated by AP CM Rosaiah

Hyderabad: Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was felicitated by the 'Kala Saraswati' award by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah here.

Mangeshkar was given the award at a function here tonight by a city-based cultural organisation- Andhra Pradesh Kala Vedika- in association with the state government.

Mangeshkar, who sang for a few Telugu films, regretted that she does not know the language.

"When I hear all of you speak, I regret that I don't know Telugu. I feel like learning the language," she said.

She said she is a great fan of veteran Telugu actor and Dada Saheb Phalke award recipient Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who was present during the event.

"I am a great fan of Nageswara Rao. I must have seen his 'Devdas' at least 10 times though it is a Telugu film," she said.

Mangeshkar, whose 'keertanas' (songs in prayer of Lord Venkateswara) were unveiled at Tirupati yesterday, hoped the songs would be liked by all.

She said she sought the blessings of the Lord to keep her voice in good form.

She thanked popular Telugu music director S Dakshina Murty for whose film she sang a song about 50 years ago. She recalled that the song was a big hit.