‘HT for Mumbai Awards 2013’ awards changemakers

29 Nov,2013

By A Correspondent


We should’ve carried this report Hindustan Times on Monday, the first edition after the awards happened on Friday, November 22, so our apologies to our readers. It’s one of those events which gladdened our hearts and worth the wait. It was a no-nonsense event. The chief guest, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, entered the venue premises much ahead of the scheduled time of start. An emcee kicked off the proceeds, the Mumbai editor Soumya Bhattacharya spoke a bit, the speech short and sober, as the occasion demanded.


There was just one av promo of the paper and then the six awards were given away. Very short speeches again by the winners and by the CM Prithviraj Chavan. Mr Chavan left soon after the awards and when a panel discussion on the topic ‘Giving back to Mumbai’ started.


According to a communiqué, HT for Mumbai Awards recognized and rewarded people and organizations who share a passion for change by giving back to the city of Mumbai, and making it a better place to live in (www.htformumbaiawards.com). The inaugural edition of the awards saw an eminent jury: Dr Aroon Tikekar (distinguished historian and former editor), Chandra Iyengar, an IAS officer, Rahul Bose (actor, director, sportsman) apart from , HT’s Special Projects editor Smruti Koppikar and Mr Bhattacharya.


The winners in the Individual Category were Kishore Bhatt, Pankaj Joshi and Sunjoy Monga, whereas the winners in the Organization category were Majlis, LEARN and Akhsara. There was a Popular Choice Award category too where the winners were selected by voting via SMS and a digital microsite. The Lifetime achievement award was awarded to the noted historian and author, the Late Sharada Dwivedi.


Our view: excellent event. We think the ‘HT for Mumbai’ awards evening should be conducted on a bigger scale next year. It should be promoted on television like various other ‘awards’ are so that it motivates more citizens and organizations to turn changemakers. There could be an award for corporates doing great work in an effort to encourage them to take up work for the community. And while it’s a healthy sign that the event happened without seniors from Delhi (Nitin Chaudhry, Business Head – West and team were of course present), it would be seen as a huge commitment to Mumbai and the Mumbai edition if the big bosses from Delhi were also in attendance.


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