Mohammed Rafi Award established by the NGO Spandan Arts was accorded to playback singer Usha Timothy and posthumously to late music composer Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar
The Mohammed Rafi Lifetime Achievement Award consisting of Rs 1 lakh and a trophy was conferred to Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar. The Mohammed Rafi consisting of Rs 51,000 and a trophy was conferred to Usha Timothy.
Usha Timothy is a Bollywood playback singer. Usha Timothy has sung more than a thousand songs in multiple Indian languages such as Hindi, Malayalam, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, and Marathi.
Usha Timothy was often referred to as “Singer with a difference”. She started her career with the movie 'Himalaya Ki God Mei' in 1965.
Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar (died at 61 years of age) had a successful and long partnership with Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma. As music composers duo they gave hit tracks like Bindiya Chamkegi’, ‘Main Shayar Toh Nahin’ and ‘Hansta Hua Noorani Chehra’ among others.
This music director duo composed music for about 635 Hindi movies from 1963 to 1998. He passed away on 25 May 1998 at the of age 60.