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HT awards presentation on March 11

DISTINGUISHED EDUCATIONIST Maitreyi Padmanabhan, industrialist Kailash Shahara, music maestro Gokulotsav Maharaj, eye specialist Dr Pratap Singh Hardia and veteran cricketer Sanjay Jagdale will be conferred lifetime achievement awards in a function at Hotel Sayaji on March 11.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 15:32 IST

DISTINGUISHED EDUCATIONIST Maitreyi Padmanabhan, industrialist Kailash Shahara, music maestro Gokulotsav Maharaj, eye specialist Dr Pratap Singh Hardia and veteran cricketer Sanjay Jagdale will be conferred lifetime achievement awards in a function at Hotel Sayaji on March 11.

The Hindustan Times will honour these great sons and daughters of Indore for their outstanding contribution to enhancing the City’s esteem in the country in their respective fields.

 Winners of HT Lifetime   Achievement Awards

1 Maitreyi Padmanabhan  – Education

2 Kailash Sahara  – Commerce & industry

3 Gokulotsav Maharaj  – Music

4 Dr Pratap Singh Hardia  – Health

5 Shrenik Jain  – Art & culture

6 Sanjay Jagdale  – Sports

7 Pt Kumar Gandharva & Captain Mushtaq Ali – Posthumous awards

Besides, the Hindustan Times will also confer awards posthumously on late Pt Kumar Gandharva and late Captain Mushtaq Ali. It is absolutely needless to recount their contribution here. Indore being so full of multifaceted talents, it wasn’t easy to choose names for the lifetime achievement awards.

First, the HT categorised the awards in five sections- Education, Industry and Commerce, Art and Culture, Healthcare and Sports. Then suggestions were solicited from a cross-section of Indore denizens.

The list of names we received was quite long. Most, if not all, the names looked deserving enough for the awards. But we had to choose only one from each category.

Thus, a jury of five distinguished citizens was constituted to suggest five names. It comprised Sajid Dhanani, MD, Sayaji Hotel; Shekhar Bhargava, senior advocate; Tony Sachdeva, president of Yashwant Club; Rahul Jain, MD, Percept Swift Advertising Pvt Ltd and Rachna Rishi, Director, Graffiti Institute of Fashion Technology.

The jury members also confessed that selection was quite daunting. Except in the sports section, where Sanjay Jagdale stood head and shoulder above the rest (literally as well as metaphorically), the jury struggled hard to select one name for the remaining categories.

For instance, in selecting Kailash Shahara of Ruchi Soya Group, the names of Jagdish Mansukhani of Man Aluminum, Sanjay Chhabra of Lotus electronics super markets, P S Kalani of Kalani group of industries and Iqbal Pakeeza of Pakeeza chain of super markets had to be dropped.

Likewise, in education field leaving out Shalini Tai Moghe, Babulal Patodi and Dr Dasgupta of GSITS somewhat pained the jury. Finally, the jury’s consensus zeroed in on Mrs Padmanabhan.

In arts and culture, the challenge was even tougher because names had been suggested from different art genres- from painting, poetry, music, theatre and photography. There were distinguished artistes like Shrenik Jain and Prabhu Joshi, and poet Chandrakant Devtale as hot contenders. Shri Gokulotsav Maharaj was finally chosen.

In the healthcare category too, the jury had a whole range of eminent doctors to choose from. Dr G C Sepaha and Dr S D Muley were closest in the selection, but Dr Hardia was chosen. Apart from being a famous eye specialist, Dr Hardia is a noted philanthropist as well.


First Published: Mar 09, 2006 15:32 IST