President of India Pratibha Patil felicitated the winners that include Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | December 23, 2011
At a glittering ceremony in Mumbai, the President of India Pratibha Patil gave away the prestigious Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year awards for 2011.
The grand function of the awards was presided over by K. Sankaranarayanan, the Governor of Maharashtra. A veritable Who's Who of renowned celebrities and public figures from Media and various other walks of life turned up to applaud the winners for their selfless work and achievements.
Apart from the eight illustrious Maharashtrians who won the Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year 2011 awards, the President presented film legends Amitabh Bachchan with the Lokmat MOTY MANBINDU Award and Dilip Kumar withÂ the Lokmat Jeevan Gaurav (Lifetime Achievement) Award for their immense contributions to the world of cinema and entertainment. Both received a trophy, a citation and Rs 5 lakh each.
The eight winners of the Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year 2011 for significant work and service in various areas were:
Paromita Goswami from Nagpur for Social Service & Public Service; Dr Himmatrao Bavaskar from Mumbai for Science & Technology; Raju Shetty from Kolhapur for Politics; Hanmant Gaikwad from Pune for Business;Â Bandopant Rakhmaji Khedkar from Pune for Art; Kishor Kadam from Mumbai for Literature; Â Veerdhawal Khade fromÂ Kolhapur for Sports, Â and Sheikh Nasir-Sheikh Niyaz from Nashik for Entertainment
The winners received an individual citation, a trophy and a cheque for Rs one lakh as a token of Lokmat Mediaâ€™s appreciation of their immense contribution to the progress of Maharashtra.
Vijay Jawaharlal Darda, MP Rajya Sabha and Chairman -Â Lokmat Media Limited, said, "The winners here today represent the best spirit of selfless and dedicated service to our glorious state, and truly deserve to be saluted with 'Jai Maharashtrian'. I am confident that receiving this high award from the Her Excellency Smt Pratibha Patil, the President of India, will inspire them immensely, and will also encourage others to emulate them."