Punaya Ratna awards presented

Historian, writer and theatre personality Balwant Moreshwar Purandare, popularly known as Babasaheb Purandare, was presented the Punaya Ratna Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar on Sunday. The award was presented by former Union Minister and environmentalist Mohan Dharia.

Ten others also received awards in two separate categories. The Punaya Ratna Puraskar was given to senior eye specialist Madhusudan Jhanwar, advocate MV Akolkar, Abeda Inamdar, principal, Abeda Inamdar Senior College and social activist Nirmala Kende. The Punaya Ratna Yuva Gaurav Puraskar was given to social activist Milind Kachi, Sachin Jamne, state president, Vande Mataram Sangathan, Samarth Pratishthan, who has worked with slum kids and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa

Li'l Champs finalist Arya Ambekar.

In his address, Purandare said, "The direction in which the city is moving is not the way development should take place. We belong to a city of Peshwas and Shivaji. Monuments like Shaniwarwada and Lal Mahal are a testimony to it. We need to revive those times by living a life of values."

Mohan Dharia, while talking about the contributions of Purandare, said, "Today, the younsters think of early retirement, Purandare works for 16 hours even at the age of 84. If we follow his example, we can go a long way in making the city that it was before." After the felicitation, Punaya Ratna — a collection of essays on history, society by 88 writers —was also released.

The editor of the book, Satish Javadekar, said, this was the first year of the award and it would be given every year.

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