Noted folk singer Malini Awasthi to receive her gold medal from Lucknow University after 33 years

Awasthi had topped the first batch of BA (Hons) course at LU in 1987.

Deemed as one of the legendary artistes of Awadh, noted folk singer Malini Awasthi will be back at her alma mater to collect her gold medal, 33 years late. Awasthi had topped the first batch of BA (Hons) course in 1987 but could not get her medal as the convocation ceremony was not held that year. Now in 2020, she will be felicitated after her performance at the 'Awadh ki Roshan Chowki', during the centenary celebrations of the university next week. Awasthi will be joined by poet, editor and music connoisseur Yatindra Mishra at the event.

A prominent name for themselves in the music industry

Malini Awasthi is among those who were a member of the cultural group called 'Lucknow University Study Circle' and have established a prominent name for themselves in the music industry. She was quoted saying, "I had joined Allahabad University but left it as my desired subject combination of Sanskrit, history and political science was being offered at Lucknow University. It also gave me a beautiful and magnificent platform to present my songs."

Malini recalled that during ragging by seniors, she was invariably asked to sing. She further added, "It is a preconceived notion that students who are good in co-curricular activities like music and dance are not good at studies. I had topped in my batch. Unfortunately, I did not get my gold medal as no convocation was held that year."

Malini Awasthi is now married to IAS officer Avnish Awasthi, who is presently the additional chief secretary (home) of Uttar Pradesh. Convener of centenary celebrations, Prof Nishi Pandey said, "If our student has topped but not got her medal, we will ensure that she gets it during the convocation in our centenary celebration week."

With inputs from IANS

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