Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
was honoured with the Pazhassiraja Purashkaram- 'Abhinaya Kaala Ratna' by the Pazhassi Raja Charitable Trust. Other recipients of this award were Lata Mangeshkar, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and many others from other fields. Earlier this award has only been conferred to Mr. Amitabh Bachchan from the Hindi Film Industry and now Lata Mangeshkar and Aishwarya have joined the eminent list of recipients.
Aishwarya could not attend the event as she had a prior family commitment out of town but a message was sent across where she said, " I'd like to dedicate this award to every professional I've worked with throughout my career and to all my audiences in India and the world over for their love, support and blessings.....and my family!"
The ceremony was to happen in Delhi earlier in the year in the presence of the President of India but due to the sad demise of his Highness Sankara Varma (the senior Raja of Pazhassi Kovilalam) the ceremony as rescheduled to be staged in Mumbai in the presence of His Excellency, The Governor of Maharashtra now.