Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-03-04 15:19 Mangaluru: Noted Hindustani vocalist Pandit Vidyadhar Vyas was conferred with the prestigious Puttaraj Samman award – 2016 at Town Hall here on Thursday. The award instituted by Dr Puttaraj Gawai Foundation carries a citation and Rs one lakh in cash. Speaking after receiving the award, vocalist Vyas said he was overwhelmed and added that “I have no words to express my gratitude. I believe this honour is not for me but for the whole music, a god’s gift to mankind.” The award – presented jointly by Kannada and Culture Department, Sangeeta Bharati Foundation, Mangalur and Public Recreation Association, Gangavathi – was presented to mark the 103rd birth anniversary of Dr Puttaraj Gawai. The foundation has been honouring maestros in Indian music since its inception in 1998. So far the award has been presented to 17 artistes. Puttaraj Gawai Foundation president Mahabaleshwara Hasinala presided.