Bhubaneswar: Parichay Foundation, a philanthropic organization 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 once again organized the 8th edition of AARYA Awards in association with GAIL on 08th March 2020 marking the International Women’s Day here at Bhubaneswar.
At the outset, Hon’ble Minsters of State Shri Ashok Chandra Panda, Science & Technology, Public Enterprises, Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disability inaugurated this award presenting ceremony in the august presence of Padma Vibhusan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Shri Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA, Bhubaneswar North.
Addressing the gathering, Shri Panda said, “I want to congratulate all the achievers and wish you all a Happy Women’s day. Parichay foundation has been doing a commendable job for the society and I feel proud that I got an opportunity to get associated with this.”
Fifteen women achievers from distinct categories felicitated with this prestigious award. The awardees included
1.Lifetime Achievement- Ms.Raj Kamal Chauhan
2.Field of Education- Dr. Silpi Sahoo
3.Field of Social Work- Ms. Manasi Satpathy
4. Field of Entrepreneur- Ms. Manasmita Patra
5.Field of Medical Science- Dr Ranjita Ghadei
6.Field of Sports- Ms. Sudipta Nanda
7. Field of Media- Ms. Arundhati Mallick & RJ Smita Panigrahy
8. Field of Art, Literature & Culture- Ms. Tarab Khan & Ms. Babita Meher
9. Field of Entertainment- Ms. Poonam Das
10. Field of NRO- Dr. Ranjita Sahoo
11. Special Mention- Ms. Sulata Deo
12. Field of Photography- Ms. Panchami Manoo Ukil
13. Field of Fitness, Wellness & Beauty: Dr. Dhruti Bal & Ms. Sunanda Mathur
14. Field of Eco Tourism- Ms. Anshu Pragyan Das
15. Field of Dance: Ms. Kasturi Pattanaik
Founder, Parichay Foundation Ms. 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.
Parichay Foundation, which has been felicitated by the President of India and recognized by the United Nations for its outstanding work, has been organizing Aarya Awards since 2012. From 2016, Parichay has also started Shrie Awards, to acknowledge the achievements of men in various sectors, organizing 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.