12th Sahyog Awards

09th Sep 2000

Twelfth Annual Function and Awards Presentation on Saturday, 9th September 2000, 7-00 p.m. Sharp at St. Andrews Auditorium, Bandra (W), Mumbai.

Presided by Shri Manohar Joshi – Union Minister for Heavy Industries, Government of India

Chief Guest – Shri Sunil Dutt – Hon’ble Member of Parliament

Lighting of ‘Sadbhavna’ Lamp by – Miss World, Yukta Mookhey

Inaugurated by – Shri Nana Chudasma – World President, Giants International

Guests of Honour – Ajit Wadekar, Dr. B. K. Goyal, Pahlaj Nihalani, Subhash Ghai, Lekha Pathak, Vishwanath Sachdev, Mukesh Sharma, D. K. Raikar, Ramesh Tulsiani, Ramesh Taurani.

Cultural Programme – LITTLE STARS by Anandji V. Shah (Kalyanji Anandji fame)

Compeered by Harish Bhimani

Film thespian and M.P. Sunil Dutt last night announced a grant of Rs 50,000/- as personal assistance to the Institute of Athletics in Kerala, proposed to be set up by Sprint Queen P.T. Usha.

Sunil Duct's gesture came on the occasion of 12th annual function of Sahyog Foundation which honoured P.T. Usha with its coveted award comprising trophy and gold medal.

Union Minister for Heavy Industries, Manohar Joshi, in his address, said he would personally take up with the Maharashtra government and the Union Government to provide help to the proposed institute which would serve as a school for budding athletes.

Usha was felicitated with "Sahyog" trophy and gold medal by Manohar Joshi and Chairman of Sahyog Foundation Ram Jawhrani.

Former Skipper Sunil Gavaskar has assailed the "forces" who were determined to destroy the life time achievement of cricketers by dragging their names in the match fixing controversy and observed that probable involvement of one or two would not make the entire cricket fraternity corrupt.

Replying to his felicitation accorded by Sahyog Foundation, a socio-cultural organization, here last night, Gavaskar said just as one corrupt policeman will not make the entire department corrupt and one corrupt journalist would not put the entire media into shame, one "shady" cricketer cannot bring "darkness" into the world of cricket.

Gavaskar was felicitated with Sahyog Foundation trophy at the hands of Union Minister for Heavy Industries, Mr. Manohar Joshi. He also received a gold medal from Chairman of Sahyog Foundation Ram Jawhrani.

Film personalities, Jeetendra and Zeenat Aman also received Life Time Achievement awards at the hands of Manohar Joshi and Sunil Dutt respectively.

Beauty Queen Yukta Mookhey received "Bharat Gaurav" Award, while sprint queen P.T. Usha was honoured with "Sports" Award.

Other awardees in various categories were Spastics Society of India, (Welfare of the handicapped), Sampurananda Sanskrit University of Varanasi (Literature), S. B. Jaisinghani, Additional Solicitor of India (Legal), Indumati Awade (Rural Development), Pramod Navalkar (Journalism), Vandana Gupta, Founder of V-Care (Public Care), Hindustan Petroleum (Promotion of Rashtrabhasha) , Dr. B. P. Parulkar (Family Welfare), Principal Rupa Shah (Education), Dr. V. N. Shrikhande (Medical), Daji Bhatawadekar (Marathi Stage), and Yogesh Lakhani (Promotion of Small Scale Business).

Kruti Parekh, who broke the world record by becoming youngest magician of the world, was also honoured with "Sahyog award".

Film personalities, Javed Akhtar, Farida Jalal, and Amrish Puri were conferred "Kala Shiromani" awards, while Anupam Kher received an award for his contribution to children welfare.

Veteran Film Journalist Ali Peter John of "Screen" was felicitated with Sahyog Award for contribution in the last 25 years.

Television serial "Saans" was adjudged as the best programme on the small screen. Leading artists of the serial, including Neena Gupta, were honoured.

Eminent personalities from different walks of life who graced the occasion were Ajit Wadekar, Nana Chudasama, Mukesh Sharma, Maharashtra Minister, Prakash Awade, Dy. Editor, Loksatta, D.K. Raikar and Ram Jethmalani.