Astrophysicist & author Dr. Jayant Narlikar along with Gandhian Thakurdas Bang received the Maharashtra Foundation lifetime achievement awards (Rs 2 lakhs each) for literature & social work. Narlikar for his Marathi writings on science while Bang, economist, Gandhian and social activist was chosen for his work in Gadchiroli district. Journalist Dileep Padgaonkar and actor Atul Kulkarni were the chief guests at the event.
The other award winners (Rs. 50,000 each) for social work were Madhav Bavge, Balkrishna Renke and Shivaji Kagnikar. The literary award winners were Karuna Gokhale, Lila Avate, Anand Wingkar, Jayant Pawar and Niraja. Mr. Thakurdas Bang’s (95) award was received by his son Dr. Abhay Bang.
Do watch the concise & thought provoking talks below -
* As always, this event was ignored by the English media, for reasons best known to them.
* Please excuse the poor video quality (No luck with securing a row one seat). The audio is just fine though and I suppose that’s what really matters in such videos.
Dr Abhay Bang on behalf of his father Mr. Thakurdas Bang (Marathi)
Dr. Jayant Narlikar (Marathi)
Atul Kulkarni (Marathi)
Dileep Padgaonkar (English)