Bhubaneswar ,6th March 2017 (By Prasanta Kumar Bhuyan)-Nobel Peace Prize winner and Child Rights Activist Shri Kailash Satyarthi attended the award ceremony as the chief guest and keynote speaker. The awards were presented to 12 women achievers in different categories, who were selected from different parts of the country and even outside.The awardees included Gargi Bhattacharya, (Social Service), Namita Nayak Chopra, (Entertainment), Dr. Sanghamitra Pati, (Medical Science and Research), Kasturi Ray, (Media), Puspanjali Rao, (Art and Culture), Rashmi Sahoo, (Entrepreneurs), Sarita Routray, (Sports), Debajani Mohanty, (Literature/Writers), Jyotshna Rani Dalai, Field of Trendsetters, Baisali Mohanty, (NROs – Odissi dancer cum choreographer), Manini Mishra, Emerging Talent (Entertainment) and Tech Mahindra Foundation, (CSR).Founder, Parichay Foundation Rosalin Patasani Mishra, said, “Parichay has always stood for women empowerment and Aarya Awards is our tribute to all women who are scripting their own success and inspiring stories from different fields. This year, we have also brought to limelight a few such women who have been doing exemplary work in different fields but stayed away from the archlights. We wanted to give a new ‘Parichay’ to them. We have also tried to make the young working women feel special because they are our future. That apart, we wanted to celebrate the power of our women from Odisha but we were not keen to get confined to the boundaries of the state. That’s the reason many of our achievers had come from different parts of the country and also one from London. The jury and committee members of Parichay had taken all these factors into consideration while choosing the final list of awardees.”She added, “Of course, this year, the award ceremony became special for the Parichay family because Shri Kailash Satyarthi ji was our chief guest. For someone who has been at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labour since 1980, it was a matter of honour for Parichay Foundation to host him and give our women achievers also a chance to be felicitated by him.”Shri Kailash Satyarthi said, “I am proud of the good work Parichay Foundation is doing under the leadership of its dynamic founder Rosalin Patasani Mishra. I wish the foundation good luck for all their projects, including the Alaknanda Scholarship programme for drop-out girl students. I was also happy to felicitate all the women achievers, who are doing some great work in their respective fields.”Parichay Foundation, which has been felicitated by the President of India and recognised by the United Nations for its outstanding work, has been organising Aarya Awards since 2012. From 2016, Parichay has also started Shrie Awards, to acknowledge the achievements of men in various sectors, organising the award ceremony on the occasion of Father’s Day. Recently, the foundation also launched its pilot project, Alaknanda Scholarship Programme for drop-out girl students across the state.
Gargi Bhattacharya, Field of Social Service
Gargi Bhattacharya is currently on a missionary mode to build the Zain Foundation, a residential holistic environment for healthy, social, physical, emotional and vocational development of individuals with autism. Having lost her elder son to cancer, this foundation, she believes is a gift from her deceased son to his younger brother, who is autistic. Gargi has been doing extensive research on autism and has targeted all faculties towards advocacy and inclusion of the Autism community in India.
Namita Nayak Chopra, Field of Entertainment
Audiographer and Creative Producer, Namita Nayak Chopra has been in the field of cinema for the last 25 years, being a pioneer in the field of sound having introduced Dolby technique to Indian cinema. Namita is the also first Odia woman to earn a Filmfare award for the state for the film 1942: A Love Story. The first Dolby 5.1 Odia film was also audiographed by her.
Dr. Sanghamitra Pati, Field of Medical Science and Research
Dr. Sanghamitra Pati, MBBS, MD, MPH, is currently the Director of Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Bhubaneswar, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health & FW, Government of India. A medical doctor turned public health researcher with 20 years of experience, Dr. Pati is the first woman full time director of RMRC Bhubaneswar and one of the youngest woman directors of ICMR. Dr. Pati has come out with the first ever study on patient care pathways and delay in diagnosis in cancer in India.
Kasturi Ray, Field of Media
With 20 years of experience in the field of media, Kasturi Ray is currently a freelance journalist associated with the Quint, Firstpost and the Wire and also a visiting faculty at Birla Global Institute for Journalism and Mass Communication. She was the Chief Editor, OdishaNews360.com, a bilingual news portal for close to a year. Prior to that, she was the Features Editor of The New Indian Express, Bhubaneswar, having worked for over 19 years with the national daily.
Puspanjali Rao, Field of Art and Culture
Puspanjali Rao is the founder of Puspanjali Arts that is involved in promoting and training of Pattachitra and Fine Arts. Despite coming from a humble background, Puspanjali pursued painting with a passion without any formal training till 1996 when she attended a one-year course in pattachitra tradition. By 2003, she had her own five students. In 2004, she managed to collaborate with Italian artist Tarshito after which there was no looking back for Puspanjali. One of the largest paintings that Puspanjali did with Tarshito is the amazing Rath Yatra with Women Warriors dated 2008.
Rashmi Sahoo, Field of Entrepreneurs
Mrs. Rashmi Sahoo, Director, Om Oil and Flour Mills Ltd, heads the technical and research wing which primarily deals with hygienic food processing and effective preservation of the same in Om Oil & Flour Mills Limited. An expert in Indian and international cuisine, she has been using this talent of her to enhance and maintain the taste of RTE products. Having being trained in Food Processing & Packaging from Switzerland and Italy, her knowledge in Nutritional Science has contributed a lot towards maintaining and enhancing the nutritional value of Ruchi’s Frozen Ready to Eat food.
Sarita Routray, Field of Sports
Sarita has been the torch-bearer for Special Olympics Bharat (SOB)-Odisha having participated in several championships and won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in Athletics, Bocce, Cycling, Floor Hockey and Floor Ball. She was nine when she was admitted in the Centre of Special Education for Children with Multiple Disabilities of Open Learning Systems (OLS), where she was assessed with mild intellectual disability and hearing impairment. Having won gold in Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Los Angeles, USA in 2015, Sarita is currently training hard for her participation in the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 to be held in Austria.
Debajani Mohanty, Field of Literature/Writers
Author, activist and senior IT professional, Debajani Mohanty is the loyal daughter of our soil who abandoned her British citizenship to return to India with a dream to serve the million unfortunate women scattered across the country.In a short time span and with just one novel “The curse of Damini”, she has proved her immense talent as an emerging feminist author of the country. Her narrative is backed by immense research; character crafting exemplary and writing style is refreshing as well as thought provoking. Debajani has also worked with many NGOs for women empowerment since her England days.
Jyotshna Rani Dalai, Field of Trendsetters
Jyotshna Rani Dalai set a new trend of sorts when she became the first Odia woman to go behind the camera by becoming a cameraperson in a news channel in the state. Having completed her diploma in Cinematography from Film and TV institute of Odisha in 1999, she has toiled hard in this sector and is currently, Assistant Manager Camera Person in Odisha Television (OTV), Jyotshna also has a seven-year-old daughter and beautifully balances her professional and family life.
Baisali Mohanty, Field of NRO (Odissi dancer cum choreographer)
Baisali Mohanty is the founder of Oxford Odissi Centre that is involved in promotion and training of Odissi dance at the University of Oxford and other leading institutions in the United Kingdom. Trained by renowned Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, Baisali has been performing solo and group choreographies with her own dance company ‘Baisali Mohanty & Troupe” in international and national festival for over fifteen years. She is also the founder of Oxford Odissi Festival, a first of its kind annual Indian classical dance festival at the University of Oxford by Oxford Odissi Centre.
Manini Mishra, Emerging Talent (Field of Entertainment)
Having chosen a profession behind the camera despite having worked as an anchor for a brief period in Odisha, Manini Mishra is currently working as an art director in the Hindi film industry, her recent film being the Hrithik Roshan-starrer Kaabil. Kaabil is her fourth film as an art director and ninth since she started working in the field of Production Designing/Art Direction. Manini started her career in this field with the film, Dirty Picture as an Assistant Art Director, right after she completed her Masters in 2011. In 2013, she was signed for Highway, which became her first film as art director.
Tech Mahindra Foundation, Field of CSR
Tech Mahindra Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Tech Mahindra. It was set up in 2007 with a vision to Empower through Education. The Foundation works in three key areas – Education, Employability and Disability. It has been running 140+ projects with 90+ partners across India. The Foundation’s programmes span twelve locations in India namely – Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Visakhapatnam.Parichay Foundation, a philanthropic organisation engaged in promoting Indian art and culture and bringing about economic and social upliftment for underprivileged in urban slums and rural parts of Odisha and New Delhi, organised the fifth edition of Aarya Awards on March 6th marking the International Women’s Day, at Hotel Crown in Bhubaneswar.