WEF honours Amitabh with Crystal Award

Davos | Updated: Feb 3 2009, 05:07am hrs
Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has been honoured with the World Economic Forums Crystal Award at Davos for his contribution to the world of cinema.

Bachchan received the award along with another Indian artistMallika Sarabhaia Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam danseuse. Bachchan and Sarabhai would be joining the league of famed US cellist Yo-Yo Ma and British actress Emma Thompson, who bagged the award in 2008.

I have no idea there is so much visibility to Indian cinema in other parts of the world. Just so amazing ... This recognition, this attention, this awareness to our world and our craft. So overwhelming, Bachchan wrote from Davos.

Other Indian names associated with the award are veteran actress Shabana Azmi, sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and renowned sitar exponent Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Besides, Chinese martial arts movie star Jet Li and famous musician Jos Antonio Abreu was also honoured.

Crystal Award pays tribute to decisive role of arts and culture in creation of global understanding and peace.