Legendary playback singer Asha Bhosle has been awarded with the Akshaya Mohanty Sanman 2011 for her contribution in the Indian music industry. On October 12, on the occasion of the birthday of great Oriya singer and musician Akshaya Mohanty, the award was presented with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. Previously, this award had been bestowed upon singer Manna Dey, filmmaker-lyricist Gulzar and music composer Ilaiyaraaja. Asha Bhosle started her career in music in 1943 and established her unique style. She has sung in about 18 Indian and some foreign languages. Throughout her career, Ashaji has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan and the Dadsaheb Phalke Award, along with several Filmfare awards and also the National Film Award.