The Ganga Sharan Singh Award is a literary honour that the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan (Central Hindi Organisation), Ministry of Human Resource Development annually confers on writers of outstanding works in Hindi literature. It is also given to those who play an important role in promoting the Hindi language through their area of expertise.
For Madhur Bhandarkar, this is the fourth time he is receiving a Presidential award. In 2001 and 2005, he was conferred the National Film Award for Best Film for Chandni Bar and Page 3, respectively, by the then President APJ Kalam. In 2007, he was conferred the National Film Award for Best Director for Traffic Signal by the President.
When contacted, Bhandarkar said, "I am honoured. It's a great moment in my life."