Fifth Edition Of Aarya Awards Conducted By Parichay Foundation Honoured Women Achievers!
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.
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 arch lights. 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 labor since 1980, it was a matter of honor 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 recognized 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.