MUMBAI: 14th July was the day when the ballroom at Hyatt Regency Mumbai saw the most hustle bustle caused by the presence of top bureaucrats, politicians, and personalities. The occasion was STAR Majha Sanman Puraskar 2010. At Majha Sanman Awards the Maharashtrians who have worked for the glory of the community were given tribute for their efforts. 9 individuals who come from diverse fields of literature, music, sports, fashion, business, social work were honored for their contributions.
The first recipient of the awards was Sachin Tendulkar for his achievement in the filed of sports. Mumbai Police was recognized next for their dedication in keeping Mumbai safe. Ujjwal Nikam who has worked as a Special Public Prosecutor on various high profile cases including the Bombay blasts case and Ajmal Kasab case was next in the row. Followed by Manoj Tirodkar, chairman of GTL Infrastructure who has recently done major acquisitions with Aircel and Reliance Communications. Music Director Ajay-Atul were honored for their contribution in Music. Atul Kulkarni was credited for his contribution in theatre and movies; he has been critically acclaimed for his performances in Hindi movies- Page 3, Rang De Basanti, Hey Ram. Singer Madhuri Purundare who has done great social work for children was another right recipient of the award. Kumar Ketkar editor Loksatta was another cherished one for his contribution in filed of journalism. Leading photographer Avinash Gowarikar has made his own stature in the field fashion and photography and was rewarded for it. These recipients of Majha Sanman Puraskar are heroes of the state who have achieved an inspirational stature for Maharashtrians.
The awards meant more sense when they were given at the hands of Bollywood Superstar Amir Khan, who has himself carved a niche in the cinema world and brought international fame with his movies Lagan and Tare Zameen Par.
The event was even higher on the entertainment quotient and the audience went sizzled with performance by Vaishali Sawant. Remix of Jai Jai Maharashtra by Avadhoot Gupte left audience enchanted with goose bumps. Anchors to the event Atul Parchure & Jitendra Joshi smoothly presented the whole event. The event was also graced by the presence of Sunil Tatkare, State Minister of Finance, State Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam and Sonali Kulkarni.
The even was presented by Mahanand Doodh and powered by Parle G. A point to be highlighted here is the revolution which is on the way where regional news channels are building the events which are big in scale and execution. The enormity of these events could actually complement any award function by any General Entertainment Channel. STAR Majha has been a trend setter in doing these events which help in connecting to the masses. Earlier effort from STAR Majha was Majha Maharashtra 2020, where STAR Majha had brought the leaders of the state to discuss the growth of the state by the year 2020. This is an exemplary case where regional channel that have an additional local advantage are making efforts in shaping and building the society.