I have the honour to present to you Shri Ashraf Khan, who is the recipient of the Akademi Award for Gujarati Stage Acting for the year 1959.
Born in Indore in 1891, Shri Ashraf Khan entered the theatrical world in 1903, and since then had been taking active part in Gujarati Stage Acting. A distinguished actor, he is also a popular stage-singer. He has been serving Urdu, Hindi and Gujerati stage with equal distinction.
He has toured various parts of the country with leading theatrical establishments and has won laurels for his masterly acting. In some of the plays he has appeared more than two thousand times.
For his pre-eminence in Gujerati Stage Acting and for his life-long devotion and service to its cause, I pray, Sir, that you may be pleased to grant him recognition as Stage-Actor of the Year, and award to him a shawl, a lotus-embossed leaf in gold and a Sanad in token of that recognition.