Who is the odd person out amongst the following celebrities - A.R. Rahman, Amitabh Bachchan, Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangesheshkar and Viswanathan Anand? Of course, rather than answering this question, it would involve laughter or loudly spoke in mind 'Why this question'!

Well, it doesn't require a great knowledge to answer this simple question that mutiple world champion, Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand - a sportsperon is the odd man  while the remaining four are Bollywood personalities!! 

But all these will change on April 12, 2016 when Anand would be awarded the prestigious 'Hridaynath Award' and will join the aforesaid Indian legends to be the receipient of this award. Incidentally, Anand will be the first person (other than Bollywood) to receive this award! 

Moreover, this award ceremony will turn out to be the first public felicitation of Anand in Mumbai! It will be a proud moment for the entire chess fraternity of ours that the legend has been considered for this award ahead of other sportsperons. And, we have to remember that there is a certain Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar!!

Here goes the details of this award as informed by Mr. Avinash Prabhavalkar, Chairman of Hridayesh Arts - the organization behind this show:

"Hridayesh Art is is a front-ranking organization based in Mumbai and has been engaged in social and cultural activities. It has successfully conducted numerous programmes covering fields for the last 26 years. The organization was formed on the birthday of the genius music composer Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar on 26/10/1990.

To herald Pandit Hridaynathji’s entry into 75th year, Hridayesh Arts has instituted a lifetime achievement award entitled ‘Hridaynath Award’ to be presented to those individuals who have reached the summit of excellence in their chosen filed. Among the past recipients of this award are


Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar

Padmavibhushan Asha Bhosle

Padmavibhushan Amitabh Bachchan

Padmavibhushan A.R. Rahman

It is in keeping with the principle of honouring the top achievers from different fields of life from the country that the jury, this year, decided to present the prestigious award to the 5 times world chess champion and international Chess Grandmaster, Mr.Viswanathan Anand, who we feel is the apt choice for his doing India proud in the world affairs. The chess legend has graciously given his consent to receive the award, which he will be honoured with on Tuesday, 12th April, 2016 at 07.00 pm at Dinanath Mangeshkar Auditorium, Vile-Parle (East), Mumbai – 400057.

This incidentally happens to be first public felicitation of the Chess legend in Mumbai"


 Anand's Photo Credit: Chessbase - thanks to IM Sagar Shah and Rainer Knaak