An award show to honor the successful figures who have left an indelible mark in the society
AHMEDABAD: India’s leading Gujarati News Channel, ABP Asmita, organized ‘Asmita Sanman Puraskar 2020’, a prestigious award show to recognize & facilitate the inspiring and successful figures who have not only contributed to the state but, also carved their presence across the nation and its boundaries. The event was conducted at Hyatt Ahmedabad, Vastrapur Lake on 15th February 2020.
The show was graced by the presence of Vijay Rupani, Honourable Chief Minister for the State of Gujarat and various other eminent dignitaries & awardees such as Shri Kishore Jhala (COO, GCMMF), Padma Shri Bhikhudan Gadhvi (Folk Singer), Shri Raghuveer Chaudhari (Novelist), Dr. Arunbhai Dave (Managing Trustee, Lokbharti Education Trust), Shri Nilesh Mandlewala (Founder, Donate Life), Shri Nayan Mongia (Cricketer), Shri Parthiv Gohil (Singer), and Shri Kiran Kumar (Actor).
Along the theme of ‘Jyan jyan vase Gujarati, tyan sada kaal Gujarat’ which means, no matter where the Gujarati people live, there lives a ‘Gujarat’ in their hearts, forever, ABP Asmita’s aim was to recognize iconic Gujaratis who have made a significant contribution to the society and have strengthened the foundation of the state through their dedication and hard work.
Gujarat has earned the position of being the most industrialized and developed state of India, yet, the people of Gujarat have preserved the rich culture and tradition of the state. Through this show, ABP Asmita celebrated the excellence of eminent personalities who have made their mark in various spheres such as Sports, Cinema, Music, Education, Culture, Social Service, Literature, and Entrepreneurship.
ABP group aims to cater to the multi-lingual masses through their regional channels. ABP Asmita is one of the most viewed Gujarati channels and its viewership pans across the entire region of Gujarat. The award ceremony, ‘Asmita Sanman Puraskar 2020’, was exclusively curated for the Gujarati speaking viewers on ABP Asmita. The program was attended by various dignitaries from different walks of life to honor the excellence & mettlesome spirit of Gujaratis.
ABP Asmita is a Gujarati news channel delivering live breaking news, headlines, debates and latest updates from the developing stories in Gujarat, India and across the globe.
List of the Awardees:
1. Business – Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. – GCMMF (AMUL): Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd, GCMMF, is India’s largest food product marketing organization with an annual turnover of US $ 4.8 billion. Its daily milk procurement is approx. 23 million lit per day from 18,700 village milk cooperative societies, 18 member unions covering 33 districts, and 3.6 million milk producer members. It is exclusive marketing organisation of ‘AMUL’ and ‘SAGAR’ branded products. The award was received by Shri Kishore Jhala, COO, GCMMF.
2. Culture – Padma Shri Bhikhudan Gadhvi is an Indian folk singer and songwriter, known as a proponent of Dayro, a narrative singing tradition of Gujarat. Mr. Gadhvi is a recipient of the Gujarat Gaurav Award of the Government of Gujarat and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honor of the Padma Shri, in 2016, for his contributions to folk music.
3. Literature – Shri Raghuveer Chaudhari is a novelist, poet, and critic from Gujarat. He has worked as a columnist for numerous newspapers. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1977, for his novel trilogy Uparvas. He received Jnanpith Award, considered to be India’s highest literary award, in 2015. He authored more than 80 books and also served for many literary organizations.
4. Education – Dr. Arunbhai Dave is the managing trustee of Lokbharati education trust. The mission of Lokbharti is to spread the flame-light of people-oriented education to the poorest man of the village, ushering sustainable development in accordance with the Nature and Culture of our country.
5. Social Service – Shri Nilesh Mandlewala is the Founder and President of a Donate Life, an NGO based in Surat, Gujarat. He has been working relentlessly to spread the word about organ donation since 2005. Through his persuasion, he has been able to procure 355 kidneys, 143 livers, 7 pancreas, 25 heart, 4 Lung and 260 eyes, which has given new life and vision to 730 persons across the country and globe. He has also been able to educate and spread awareness on Cadaver organ donation to more than 10 lac people.
6. Sports – Shri Nayan Mongia is a former Indian cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a wicketkeeper. He was one of the most competent wicket-keepers for India during the early part of the ’90s. His nifty keeping, combined with competent batting served India well and he is only the third Indian keeper after Syed Kirmaniand Kiran More to achieve the double of scoring 1000 runs and taking 100 catches. In 2004, he was named as a coach of the Thailand national cricket team. He was a coach for 2004 ACC Trophy in Malaysia.
7. Music – Shri Parthiv Gohil began his music training at a young age and went on to become a playback singer performing for a host of films like Devdas, Saawariya, Vaada Raha, and many others. His other projects include participation in the iconic song Phir mile sur mera tumhara and MTV performances with reputed artists.
8. Entertainment /Cinema – Shri Kiran Kumar is an Indian film actor who works mainly in Hindi, Rajasthani, and Gujarati films, with lead roles in several Gujarati movies.
He gained popularity for his negative role in the Hindi film ‘Khuda Gawah’. His other notable movies include Tezaab, Bobby Jasoos, Sandwich, LOC: Kargil, Moksha: Salvation, Shikari, Amaraavati, Ishq ka Manjan, and Sallu Ki Shaadi. He will also be hosting Pradhnamnatri Season 2 on ABP Asmita.
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