Kalpana Chawla Excellence Awards 2012 presented on 6th may 2012

Miss India World 2012 Vanya Mishra gets Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award 2012

(New Delhi, May 6) : Vanya Mishra who was declared Miss India World 2012 recently received the prestigious Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award 2012 from Kalpana Chawla’s father Sh Banarsi Lal Chawla at a Function organized on the forenoon of 6th May at Mavlankar Auditorium, New Delhi. The Function was organized by PECOBA (Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh Old Boys Association). Kalpana Chawla was an alumnus of this College and got her degree in aeronautical engineering in 1982 from this college. In all five women were honoured with this award.

Also awarded was Sushma Seth who is a veteran theatre artiste ( acted in 60 plays & directed 30 plays) as well as popular TV Serial artiste ( starting from “Humlog”, the first TV Serial of India) and film artiste (acted in over 100 films). Other awardees included Padmabhushan kuchipudi and bharatnatyam dancer Swapnasundari, the daring and honest IPS Officer Shalini Singh who had won the police medal for meritorious service in 2012 and popular bollywood jewllery designer Puneeta Trikha who designs and crafts each and every piece of jewelry herself without the help of any assistant.

Kalpana Chawla’s father Banarsi Lal Chawla narrated many interesting episodes about Kalpana which showed her love for environment and wildlife protection. Amarjit Singh Kohli, the founder Gen Secy of PECOBA urged the Government to posthumously honour Kalpana Chawla with Bharat Ratna saying that astronaut Sunita Williams who came after Kalpana was decorated with Padma Vibhushan, but no award is given to Kalpana Chawla, even 9 years after her death. Member Parliament Tarlochan Singh & former Chairman Minorities Commission assured that Kohli’s demand will be brought to the notice of the Government and Parliament.

A rare musical feature of tribute to Kalpana Chawla with live singing and actual life scenes was presented by Cultural Society SAKHA entitled “Kalpana Ki Udan, Naari Ka Samman” produced and directed by Amarjit Singh Kohli who is Chairman Sakha and also Gen Secy, Pecoba. The programme was scripted and compered by Seema Verma and music composed by Lovely Sharma

Image Gallery of the Excellence Award 2012

Dancer Swapnasundari receiving Award from BL Chawla.Centre Amarjit Kohli Left Tarlochan Singh MP left

Dancer Swapnasundari receiving Award from BL Chawla.Centre Amarjit Kohli Left Tarlochan Singh MP left

L-to_R Swapamnasundari Shalini Singh Tarlochan Singh MP BL Chawla Amarjit Kohli Puneeta Trikha Vanya Mishra Sushma Seth

L-to_R Swapamnasundari Shalini Singh Tarlochan Singh MP BL Chawla Amarjit Kohli Puneeta Trikha Vanya Mishra Sushma Seth

Police Officer Shalini Singh receiving Award from BL Chawla Kalpanafather.Centre Amarjit Kohli Left Tarlochan Singh

Police Officer Shalini Singh receiving Award from BL Chawla Kalpanafather.Centre Amarjit Kohli Left Tarlochan Singh

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Sakha Awards 2012 Presented on 6th May 2012

(New Delhi, May 9) The much-awaited and prestigious SAKHA AWARDS which are bestowed on individuals from different walks of life for contribution of national importance, were given away on 6th May 2012 at New Delhi by PECOBA (Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh Old Boys Association, New Delhi) in association with SAKHA Cultural Society, New Delhi. At the glittering function organized by the two institutions at Mavlankar Hall, Shri Amarjit Singh Kohli, Founder General Secretary, PECOBA and Founder Chairman, SAKHA, announced the six personalities chosen for the national SAKHA AWARDS 2012, while stating that ‘the PECOBA and SAKHA are celebrating historic moment of the 100 years of Indian Cinema in a big way by giving recognition to film artists, critics, writers, journalists, editors etc who have done extraordinary contribution in the field.

The Sakha Awardees this year included 78 years old Veteran Film Music Historian Nalin Shah of Mumbai, noted film writer Har Mandir Singh Hamraaz of Kanpur (Compiler of Hindi Film Geetkosh containing details of over 43,000 Hindi Film Songs from 5661 Hindi Films from 1931 to 1980), RP Sinha, IAS Retd (Musicologist, creative writer- declared as the most versatile person), VSK Sood, President Sangam Kala Group, which organizes world’s biggest singing competition every year, the duo brothers Satish Popli and Jaswant Popli of famous Doremi Orchestra who have now assumed the role of grooming young singers, and Shri Kumar Vikram, EditorNational Book Trust, India for his individual contribution for the documentation of the Rights Catalogue of Books on Indian Cinema (Point of View) published by National Book Trust, India to promote translations of books on Indian cinema and for bringing together the book culture and mass media culture. Sakha Awards were instituted in 1987 and some of its past winners in the film category are producers BR Chopra, Ravi Chopra, music Directors Anil Biswas, Ravinder Jain, Jaidev, Anu Malik, Ravi, Raj Kamal, playback singers Kumar Sanu, Sapna Mukerji, Abhijit, Penaz Masani, Mohinder Kapoor, Usha Timothy.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Uma Vasudev, the eminent litterateur who gave away the awards, lauded the efforts of PECOBA and SAKHA for giving recognition to the veterans like Nalin Shah and other young awardees on the same platform. Ms. Aruna Vasudev veteran Film Journalist and Founder, Asian Film Festival, who was the special speaker on the occasion, outlined the history of Indian Cinema and how awards give encouragement to those who serve the world of cinema through creative and other writings.
Veteran Film Music Historian Nalin Shah gave a very interesting and absorbing account through a Lecdem (Lecture cum demonstration of old film scenes)of the hundred years history of Indian Films from the beginning of first silent movie “Raja Harishchandra” which was released on 3rd May, 2012 till today when the song “Chikni Chameli” from film “Agnipath” is generating waves.

Image Gallery of the Sakha Award 2012

Kumar Vikram Editor NBT receiving Sakha Award from Uma Vasudev

pecoba.in Kumar Vikram Editor NBT receiving Sakha Award from Uma Vasudev

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