Archana Astitwa Awards 2017

Mumbai 9th March, 2017: The 8th edition of Astitwa Awards hosted by Archana Foundation was held in Mumbai on 7th March 2017, on the eve of Women’s day. The Archana Astitwa awards make a delightful and impactful presentation to carry the Archana Foundation legacy forward.

Rajashree Birla, Smt.Amruta Fadnavis & Sangita Jindal at the Archana Astitwa Awards 2017

Smt. AmrutaFadnavis graced the evening as the Chief Guest and we witnessed an amazingparticipation of eminent women including Smt. Rajashree Birla, Smt. SangitaJindal, Smt.Vijaya Piramal, Smt.Nafisa Khorakiwala, Smt. Ruchira Agarwal, ZarineKhan, Susanne Khan, Simone Arora, Shreyasi Goenka, Bindu Kapoor, ShrutiSancheti, Abha Narain Lambha etc.

The eveningwas a mélange of educative and informative talks, an elegant fashion show byAnju Modi & Farah Khan Ali, the awards presentation and some enjoyablemusic.

The reasonfor today, is to celebrate women who have contributed to society in their ownway. Archana Astitwa Award is a platform that celebrates women who have notonly achieved accolades in their chosen fields, but have also used that as ameans to give back to society and help the underprivileged through theirefforts. 

For theiroutstanding contribution to the society under the social services category, thefollowing women were awarded:

•Ms.PoojaTaparia for her outstanding work on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse.

•MsElizabeth Mehta. - For her incredible contribution in the field of educationfor the underprivileged with Muktangan over the last 13 years

•Ms ShaliniJatia for her noteworthy contribution to cancer victims via the Tata MemorialHospital.

•Ms PritiPatkar - For her remarkable efforts on the issue of human trafficking and herdedication to change and touch lives working in the red light districts ofMumbai

The othercategories include:

1.DisabledCategory:

Dr.MalathiKrishnamurthy Holla is a Padma Shri & Arjuna Awardee; Malathi is aninternational para-athlete from Bangalore. She is also the fastest Indianfemale on a wheel chair. She started participating in various games at college,and today she has taken part in various international events including thePara-Olympics. Malathi has so far undergone 32 surgeries.

2.Education& Literature:

Ms DilfarozeQazi was awarded the Archana Astitwa award for passionately expanding the causeof education and vocational training for women in Srinagar, Kashmir, despiteclose shaves with death and the kidnapping of her family members in the valley.

3.Entrepreneur:

Ms UpasanaMakati was awarded the Archana Astitwa Award for using her management,enterprise and entrepreneurship skills to give back to society. Makati inventedWhite Print, India’s only English magazine in braille as a service to theblind.

4 Fashion:

Ms ShrutiSancheti who awarded the Archana Astitwa award for working tirelessly to revivetraditional Indian weaves and the indigenous handloom industry. Fashion for heris not just as a means for dressing up the affording but using it as a means togive back to the artisans and weavers who make our fashion possible.

5.Heritage

Ms AbhaNarain Lambah was been involved with the restoration of the most iconicmonuments in the country.

6.TheArchana Astitwa 2017 Life Time Achievement Award  for making an impact through their life forsocial change and has left a lasting impact that will benefit generations tocome was awarded to Ms Leila Seth - the first woman Chief Justice of a High Courtin India. She has been responsible for the amendments to the Hindu SuccessionAct which gave equal rights to daughters in joint family property.

The eveningthen witnessed the most glamorous part of the evening, a spectacular fashionshow by designer Anju Modi and Farah Khan Ali.

ArchanaFoundation is a social and charitable institution founded in the year 2000. Themembers of ATS comprises of women hailing from prominent business houses inIndia, determined to do their little bit for the society. Currently theiractivities are focused on the upliftment and betterment of rural Maharashtra byproviding essentials like building homes for Adivasis, water supply, schools,vocational center’s, old homes, medical free camps, Anganwadis, and many morefacilities.

Thebeginning of the 21st century, saw the birth of a ladies’ social and charitableorganization called Archana Trust Suburban, with an initial membership of just30 ladies, with a desire to do social good. Today it has evolved on the linesof the well-established Archana Trust, with some of the Trust’s senior membersventuring to help this baby stand firmly on its feet. The Archana Trust todayhas 3 wings and a membership of over 350 ladies.


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