It was an evening to remember for all present! The venue was CCRT auditorium and the event was to felicitate the leading lights of Dwarka. Rightly called ‘The Torch Bearers of Dwarka,’ these men, women and children were honoured for their exceptional services, achievements and excellence in diverse fields of activities. The large gathering that filled up the precincts of the CCRT complex was ample testimony to the growing popularity and value that the awards have come to gain ever since they were instituted four years ago. Shahnawaz Hussain, BJP MP and former Union Minister was the chief guest at the glittering function. Also present were Jagdish Mukhi, MLA Janakpuri, UNB Rao, Director, Urivi Vikram National Centre for Adolescents. Also present was Pradhan of 360 villages.
Mukesh Sinha, Managing Editor Dwarka City and creator and organiser of the entire concept while welcoming the guests expressed his utmost gratitude to the invitees. He said, “Dwarka has grown from strength to strength and the contribution of Dwarkaites has been a key factor in this development. The residents have demonstrated a unique bonding and this strength of cohesiveness has brought together people from different parts of India, with different traditions and created a unique amalgam. The Torch Bearers Award recognises the contribution of residents in various fields of activities.”
The awardees were selected from among a long list of nominations. A learned panel of judges deliberated at great length before unanimously declaring the winners. The awards were given in nine categories and the awardees were – Air Force And Naval Officers Society ( Best Society), Blind Person Association, (Best NGO), Dwarkalaya, ( Best Socio-religious organization), Best Mediaperson (Rais Siddiqui), Sahil Jindal, DPS, (Best Student –Boy) , Chavi Gupta, BGS, (Best Student-Girl) Shashi Kumar Sharma, Rajkiya Pratibha Vidyala ( Best in extra curricular), Sunita Tanwar, DPS (Best Principal) and Naveena Bedi, Rajkiya Pratibha Vidyala, (Best Teacher), Nirmal Bharatiya School( Best Eco Friendly School).
All awardees were given a memento. On the occasion, the wife of Shaheed M.C Sharma who martyred his life in Batla encounter was also honoured.
The function had a rare treat of culture, entertainment and information. The programme started with captivating Saraswati Vandana and dance performance by children of JNT Kala Sangam. After that the audience was kept in splits by the wit and humour of Prateek, Runners up of Laughter Challenge. For nearly one hour he had each member of the audience holding their sides and gasping for breath by his flurry of non stop jokes, anecdotes and slap stick comedy. In between was mesmerizing songs of Maushami and Dilip.
On this occasion, the fourth edition of Dwarka Directory was also released. A veritable wealth of information is encapsulated in this compendium. For residents of Dwarka as well as outsiders, this has proved to be very handy ready reckoner in the past.
Terming Mukesh and Sudha Sinha as the ‘first couple of the sub city’, speakers lauded their yeomen service in taking up the cudgels on behalf of the residents, making representations at various forms and through the Dwarka City newspaper providing a platform for interaction.
The Chief Guest while lauding the initiative and efforts of the organiser, expressed his high appreciation for the CCRT auditorium and complex. He promised that he would recommend more such auditoria to be built.