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HT honours Indore?s gems

IN AN event showcasing the rare gems of Indore, persons from fields as diverse as industry and music were felicitated by the Hindustan Times with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their milestone achievements in their respective arenas. In a glittering ceremony at the Sayaji Hotel on Saturday evening, the top honours were bestowed by Military College of Telecommunication and Engineering (Mhow) Commandant Lt General M G Datar.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 15:31 IST

IN AN event showcasing the rare gems of Indore, persons from fields as diverse as industry and music were felicitated by the Hindustan Times with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their milestone achievements in their respective arenas.
In a glittering ceremony at the Sayaji Hotel on Saturday evening, the top honours were bestowed by Military College of Telecommunication and Engineering (Mhow) Commandant Lt General M G Datar.

The categories of the HT Lifetime Achievement Awards were education, commerce and industry, music, health, sports and art and culture. Distinguished educationist Maitreyi Padmanbhan, industrialist Kailash Shahara, music maestro Gokulotsav Maharaj, eye specialist Dr Pratap Singh Hardia and veteran cricketer Sanjay Jagdale were decorated with the awards for their outstanding contribution towards enhancing the City’s esteem in the country in their respective fields. Two awards were also conferred posthumously on Pt Kumar Gandharva and Captain Mushtaq Ali.

Maitreyi Padmanabhan, affectionately called ‘Badi Teacher’, was instrumental in founding four leading educational institutions - Choithram School, Shri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Agrasen Vidyalaya (all in Indore) and Grasim School at Birlagram (Nagda). She has donated a purse of Rs one lakh, presented by her former students, to form Maitreyi Padmanabhan Educational Trust.

Chairman of the Ruchi group of companies Kailash Shahra has the distinction of establishing the first soyabean processing plant in the country. He has played a vital role in the development of soyabean in India. He has also served as the chairman of Soyabean Processors Association of India for two consecutive terms.

Goswami Dr Gokulotsavji Maharaj is the most accomplished (Murdhanya) Indian classical vocalist of ‘khayal’ and ‘dhrupad gayan’ of this generation. He is a world famed musician whose rare genius has opened the ears and minds of millions to the aesthetics of the ancient Indian musical tradition.

languages – writing, composing, and oratory. Sanjay Jagdale has dedicated his entire life to cricket. At present he is the honorary secretary of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association and a national selector. He is the director of the Cricket Club of Indore and dedicates several hours daily to coach his wards.

Dr Pratrap Singh Hardia is one of the visionaries of ophthalmology. His name was entered in the Limca Book of National Records in 1998 and the Guinness Book of World Records in 1999 for carrying out maximum number of eye operations in the world.

Earlier, addressing the gathering Hindustan Times Resident Editor Askari Zaidi said Indore had produced a number of persons who had made a mark on the international level.

“These names will be recommended to the Government of India for the highest civilian awards,” he said. This serious aspect of the event gave way to some lighter moments for adjudging the Best Dressed Awards persons.

Three nominations each for male and female had been made in five categories - bureaucrats, sports persons, professionals, entrepreneurs and art and culture. The results of the same would be published tomorrow.

The awards jury comprised Sayaji Hotel MD Sajid Dhanani, senior advocate Shekhar Bhargava, Yeshwant Club president Tony Sachdeva, Percept Swift Advertising Pvt Ltd MD Rahul Jain and Graffiti Institute of Fashion Technology Director Rachna Rishi.