This was not a run-of-the-mill award function but an occasion to commend the extraordinary work done by the aam aadmi.
A real life version of Shahrukh Khan from ‘Chak De India’ who trains village girls in cricket, a blind, unlettered man who started a school for poor children, a conservancy worker who deters others from ending their lives in a Nagpur lake and a modern day ‘Bhagiratha’ who has worked for drought alleviation and watershed development. These are some of the unknown gems in Maharashtra commended for their work at the ZEE 24-TAAS ‘Ananya Sanman’ awards for 2013 on Saturday.
‘Shivashahir’ Babasaheb Purandare, known for bringing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s history to the masses through seminal works like ‘Raja Shivachatrapati’ and the ‘Janata Raja’ play and wife Nirmala, who is associated with organisations which train balwadi (playschool) teachers who teach rural children, were given lifetime achievement awards.
These awards, which started in 2008, are in their sixth year. “These are examples of people rising above adversity and creating something,” said NCP chief and union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, who gave away the award to Purandare, adding that people needed to be made aware of this positivity to motivate the younger generation and to ensure India’s betterment.
“This award is not just important for Marathi news channels, but for the people of Maharashtra,” said Alok Agrawal, CEO, Zee Media Corp Ltd, adding that they would continue to stand by those who did such good work.
Hiraman Ingole of Mangrulpir in Washim (education) washed cups to start a school for indigent children were educated and Jagadish Khare (bravery), fishes out bodies of suicide victims from the Gandhisagar lake in Nagpur and dissuades people from committing suicide in it.
Sampatrao Pawar of Khanapur in Sangli, who did yeoman service in water conservation and even constructed a dam from public participation, was commended for his work in the field of environment. For cynics who argue that agriculture is a dying profession, Hrishikesh Dhane may force a re-think. The young man from Padali in Satara left a cushy job to motivate farmers to take up organic farming and began a laboratory to test soil and water samples of agriculturists.
Shattering generations of taboos and obscurantism around reproductive health of women, Rupa Kanose (social service) and the members of Shree Jeevan Jyot Bachatgat self-help group in Akkalkot in Solapur, started a sanitary napkin unit.
Going beyond the call of duty
Rupa Kanose (social service) and the members of Shree Jeevan Jyot Bachatgat self-help group in Akkalkot in Solapur started a sanitary napkin unit to benefit women
Rajesh Jadhav (sports) of Varvade in Ratnagiri coaches village girls in cricket. Four of his wards have led the state womens cricket team
Hrishikesh Dhane from Padali in Satara left a cushy job to motivate farmers to take up organic farming.