MMCF announces names of personalities to be awarded
Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) has announced the International and National Annual Awards 2016 for the upcoming Annual Scheme of Awards. Maharana Mewar Foundation 34th Annual Award Distribution Ceremony – 2016 for this year will take place on Sunday, 6th March 2016 at The Manek Chowk, The City Palace, Udaipur. Convener of the Ceremony […]
Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) has announced the International and National Annual Awards 2016 for the upcoming Annual Scheme of Awards.
Maharana Mewar Foundation 34th Annual Award Distribution Ceremony – 2016 for this year will take place on Sunday, 6th March 2016 at The Manek Chowk, The City Palace, Udaipur.
Convener of the Ceremony Dr. Mayank Gupta said that the international award, instituted in 1996 and named after Col. James Tod is to honour a foreign national who has made a lasting contribution through his work of permanent value an understanding of the spirit and values of Mewar.
This year the award is given to Mr. J.P. Losty, who is a leading authority on painting in India. He spent his professional career in the British Library in London curating the major collections of Indian manuscripts and paintings held there and are the author of numerous books and papers. One of the great preoccupations of his career was properly publishing the great illustrated Ramayana manuscripts of Rana Jagat Singh I of Udaipur, Mewar, most of them in the British Library, which bore fruit finally in a major exhibition and book in 2008 and the publication of the entire manuscript online in 2014. He studied for an MA at Oxford in 1970 where he researched Sanskrit dramatic literature on the Ramayana story in 1969-70. His major publications include The Art of the Book in India, British Library, London 1982, The Ramayana: Love and Valour in India’s Great Epic – the Mewar Ramayana Manuscripts, British Library, London 2008 etc. He has made significant contributions to the study of painting in Mewar and at other courts in Rajasthan.
The National annual award, Haldighati Award, is given to an individual for work of permanent value that initiates an awakening in society through the medium of journalism, Mr. Rahul Kanwal, is the Managing Editor of TV Today Network, which runs India Today and Aajtak news channels. Rahul is the anchor of Newsroom, a flagship prime time broadcast on India Today TV.
He also hosts the popular Hindi interview show Seedhi Baat over the weekends on Aajtak. Rahul is the driving force behind some of the most significant investigative stories that have been aired by the India Today group. Whether it is the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the floods in Kashmir or the deadly cloud burst in Uttarakhand, Rahul goes where the news is, breaking the monotony of TV discussions by giving a viewers a ringside view of the story as it unfolds, from where it unfolds. Rahul studied Journalism at Delhi University. He’s also a Chevening scholar and has studied broadcast journalism at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. He has also done a course in hostile environment journalism in the United Kingdom.
Hakim Khan Sur Award instituted to honour work of permanent value for the cause of national integration is conferred to Mr. Prasoon Joshi, National Award Winner, and acclaimed Advertising industry Leader, Prasoon exemplifies the rare breed of creativity and leadership. He is currently the Chairman of McCann Worldgroup Asia Pacific and is CEO in India. He is credited with marrying creativity with scale and giving McCann’s work in India a distinct cultural edge. His socially relevant campaigns like Malnutrition Polio eradication, Women empowerment Ministry of Tourism, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Clean India) have all won accolades and found deep and powerful consumer connect. His creativity as a Writer -Poet permeates the arena of Indian Feature Films where he is a celebrated for award winning Song and Screenwriter for films like Taare Zameen Par, Rang De Basanti, Fanaa, Hum Tum, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. In 2015 Prasoon was conferred the prestigious Padma Award by the Government of India. Prasoon was cited for his cultural contribution to poetry, cinema and communications. He is widely recognized as one of the most unique voices making its mark in this complex landscape by integrating nation and character building activities through the medium of Poetry, Films, Lyrics, Cause-based and other media communications. He is known for showcasing strong character in society which amalgamates youth into nation building projects, activities and issues.
Maharana Udai Singh Award instituted to honour work of permanent value in protecting and enriching the environment, hand-in-hand with future development is conferred to Ms. Amla Ashok Ruia known as ‘Water Mother’ who brought water to hundreds of villages in Rajasthan through her initiative. She has transformed the face of over 100 villages in Rajasthan by using traditional water harvesting techniques and building check dams. A Mumbai-based social activist founded Aakar Charitable Trust (ACT) to translate her thoughts into action when she started researching the water troubles of Rajasthan. She was motivated to support villages who suffered from severe drought. She started her work by constructing check dams near the villages. Her first project in Mandawar Village in District Dausa, Rajasthan was a great success and the farmers managed to earn as much as Rs. 12 crore within a year with the help of two check dams constructed by the Trust. In the future, Amla and her team want to also expand their efforts to other States. Much work has already been accomplished in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The organisation is now working in the backward Dantevada District of Chhattisgarh.
Another National Award is Panna Dhai Award instituted to honour an individual who has rendered selfless service, rising beyond the call of duty and setting an example to society of permanent value through sacrifice, in the face of immense hostility is conferred to Ms. P.T. Usha, an Indian track and field athlete from the state of Kerala. She is regarded as one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced and is often called the “Queen of Indian track and field”. On the track she represents the spirit of a great nation. Her story is one of talent, sacrifice, grit and determination. Her dedication to developing the talent of young women’s interest in Sport goes beyond the call of duty and she has set an example to society of permanent value. From a humble start, selfless service and limited resources the Usha School of Athletics is training today’s youth into tomorrow’s achievers. The school is now providing coaching and training, under her guidance only, to 18 girls free of charge. The training, devised with the help of internationally acclaimed experts included study, exercise, dietary and psychological counselling.
Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) has over the years, been committed to nurturing centres of excellence in heritage management, fine arts, the performing arts, education, ecological management, philanthropy, spirituality and sports.
Amongst the most important of these is providing recognition of excellence, through appreciation and acknowledgement of the achievement of individuals and their work.
Maharana Mewar Foundation Annual Scheme of Awards constitutes a major part of the activities of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur. These Annual Awards were instituted in 1980 – 1981 to recognize college and school students, in Udaipur, for their academic and sporting achievements. The scope and spectrum of the awards has been steadily widening since 1981, now the Annual Awards Ceremony not only applauds students but also honours international and national scholars for their work of permanent value to society. Many now play a pivotal role contributing to Mewar, India on the world stage.