The award was given to the veteran Bollywood composer to honour his outstanding contribution to the music industry.
Speaking on the importance of the campaign, Lahiri, who popularised the use of synthesised disco music in Indian cinema, said that literacy is the foundation of development. "Every child should be given 'Right to Education'. Literacy is the foundation stone on which the developing nations will grow. I am very happy that my words will make a difference to the dreams of millions of children. I request every one whose work matter to join me in this quest for 'Education for All'," he said.