Famous Bollywood actress and Bharatanatyam exponent Hema Malini had been selected for the prestigious Bharat Muni Samman of year 2012 for her outstanding contribution to the field of art and culture.
Bharat Muni Samman is named after the author of Natyashastra Bharat Muni and has been instituted by Bhubaneswar-based organisation Kalingayana Touryatrikam.
The award is going to be presented to Hema Malini on 18 December 2012 for her outstanding contribution towards promotion of Indian arts and entertainment which is also marked by the concluding day of the three-day Bharat Muni Festival scheduled to be held in Bhubaneshwar.
Hema Malini is 64 years old and she would be the fifth recipient of the award. The earlier recipients are Thankamani Kutty, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Jasraj and Ratan Thiyam.
Hema Malini was also awarded with Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award in year 2000.