Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur held the Maharana Mewar Foundation 33rd  Annual Awards Distribution Ceremony 2015 on the 22nd  March 2015 at The Manek Chowk,
The City Palace, Udaipur.

The Annual Scheme of Awards constitutes a major part of the activities of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur. From a modest beginning of awards only for scholars in Udaipur, the orbit of this Annual Scheme of Awards has steadily grown to become a recognised event in the national and international arena. Today, the Awards honour recognition of service of permanent value already rendered to society in which, eminent scholars, students and common citizens who, through their chosen field of activity, have contributed to society. They include awards for historical research, art and painting, music and dance, education and journalism, and a variety of other contributions to social welfare. In addition, the Foundation set up a number of subsidiary trusts for religious and charitable purposes to give assistance without distinction of caste or creed or religion. The present custodian Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur has since, added considerably to his inherited legacy, extending the scope and size of the various charities operated by the trust.

On the evening of Saturday the 21st March 2015 School Orchestra of Maharana Mewar Public School, Udaipur followed by Instrumental Performance by Mr. Amaan Ali Khan with Mr. Ayaan Ali khan at The Manek Chowk, Udaipur

Colonel James Tod Award
The Colonel James Tod Award is an International Award that has been instituted to honour a foreign national who, like Tod, has contributed through his works of permanent value an understanding of the spirit and values of Mewar. Colonel Tod spent a great deal of time and personal resources in the collection of historical documents, inscriptions, bardic accounts and genealogies of the Rajput houses and paintings from Rajasthan. When he returned to England Colonel Tod continued his research, culminating in the publication of Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan (2 vols, 1829, 1832).

This year's awardees’, Prof. John D. Smith was presented with a ceremonial shawl, a “Toran” plaque of honour, a citation certificate and a cash award of Rs. 111001.

After  graduating  in  Oriental  Studies  at Cambridge,  John  Smith  pursued  a  scholarly career in  both London  and  Cambridge. Employed to teach Sanskrit, he nonetheless devoted much of his energy to the study of the Rajasthani language and literature. In 1976 he published a new edition of the Visaladevarasa of Narapati Nalha, a mediaeval Rajasthani poem. He then became  interested  in  the  tradition  of singing  and  telling  the  story  of Pabuji  in  front  of long  narrative  cloth called phard, a tradition  that was  widespread  in  Rajasthan  at  that  time, though  much less  so  now .  This work led  to  the  publication in  1991 of his book 'The  epic  of Pabuji:  a  study ,  transcription  and  translation'.  After this,  Professor Smith turned  his  attention  to  another  great  epic,  the  Sanskrit  Mahabharata. Working  first  on  his  own,  and  later  with  a  team  of  assistants  in  Pune,  he produced  a  complete,  accurate  electronic  text  of  the  work.  This was followed in 2009 by a translation for the Penguin Classics series.  Professor Smith retired from Cambridge in 2007 and now lives in Spain.

He  continues  to  visit  India  every  year  and  is  one  of  the  very  few  Western Indological  scholars  to  have  specialized  in  the  area  of  Rajasthani literature,  both oral  and  written.

Professor  Smith earned  a  BA  degree  in  Oriental Studies  (Sanskrit  and  Hindi)  in 1968  and  a  PhD  in  1974.  He  was  Director  of  Studies  for  Oriental Studies, Magdalene  College,  1984–2004;  Fellow  of  Christ's  College,  1985–2003; Fellow  of  Churchill College, 1990–96.  He  has  served  as  a  Member ,  Faculty Board of Oriental Studies;  Standing  Committee for  India, Society for  South Asian  Studies;  Executive  Committee,  British  Association  for  South  Asian Studies  (BASAS),  and  Council,  Royal  Asiatic  Society .

Amongst his publications are the Visaladevarasa, a poetical work composed in Rajasthan probably  in  the  middle of  the  fifteenth  century  (Cambridge:  C.U.P) 1976; The epic  of Pabuji:  a  study ,  transcription  and  translation.  Cambridge: C.U.P .,  1991;  The epic of Pabuji (popular  second  edition), New Delhi: Katha, 2005;  The  Mahabharata:  an  abridged  translation,  Penguin  Books  in  2009. Professor  Smith  has  also  published  numerous  articles  including:  An introduction  to the language of the historical documents from Rajasthan; The two  Sanskrit  epics;  Where  the  plot  thickens:  epic  moments  in  Pabuji;  Formulaic language  in  the  epics  of  India;  How  to  sing  a  tale:  epic  performance  in  the  Pabuji tradition;  The  story  of  Pabuji:  bard  versus  historian.

He  has delivered  several  papers connected  with Indian epic  at conferences  held in  London  (1981), Madison, Wisconsin (1982), San Francisco (1983), Dublin (1985), Cambridge (1986),  Udine, Italy (1987), Chicago (1990), Udaipur (1991), Bikaner (1996), Delhi (1997), Leiden  (1997),  Boston  (1999), Bangalore  (2005)  and  Edinburgh  (2006).

He  has  acted  as  project  consultant  for  two  large-scale  research  projects  on Rajasthan  funded  by  the  National  Endowment  for  the  Humanities, USA.

Haldi Ghati Award
In the valley of Haldi Ghati in 1576 A.D. Kunwar Man Singh of Amber led the Mughal armies against Rana Pratap who on his incomparable white stallion Chetak carried the crimson banner of Mewar into the thrust of the battle. For the first time in fifty years the Mughals suffered a setback and Haldi Ghati shattered the myth of their invincibility.

Rana Pratap is a national hero on account of his commitment to preserve the independence of Mewar, at any cost, despite heavy odds stacked against him. Even now his life inspires those who revere the values of living with self-respect and self-reliance.

The Haldi Ghati Award is a National Award. It is awarded to an individual for work of permanent value in awakening society through the medium of journalism, in particular, or through any other media in general. It is in this spirit that the National Award was instituted in 1982.

Mr. Piyush Pandey, was presented with a ceremonial shawl, a “Toran” plaque of honour, a citation certificate and a Cash award of Rs. 51001.

Mr. Piyush Pandey as the Executive Chairman & Creative Director, South Asia, Ogilvy & Mather  Advertising,  he  has  put  his  advertising and  communication  skills  to  work  for  many campaigns  in  the  public  and  national  interest. Through his skills he initiated an awakening in society  through  the  medium  of  media,  and creative  communication  including  journalism.

He  has  worked  alongside  the  Ministry  of  Health, Government  of  India  and  UNICEF  on  the famous and highly effective Polio Campaign of which  Mr.  Amitabh Bachchan was the brand ambassador. The  campaign helped  India  reach  a  stage  where  it  was  declared  Polio  free  in  February  2014.

His  other  notable  public  service  campaigns  include  'Chalo  Padhayen,  Kuch  Kar Dikhayen'  for  the  National  Literacy  Mission  in  1992  that  encouraged  the people  of  India  to  join  the  movement  of  teaching  the  illiterate  across  the country .    His anti-smoking campaign for Cancer Patients Aid Association (CP AA) was voted the best public service commercial in Asia in 2002. He has been on the Board of Trustees of Child line since 2006. His pro bono work has helped promote Child line’s telephone helpline for street children in distress, the country's first such helpline.

From 2006-2008 his campaign for Adoption awareness created for the Indian Association  for  Promotion  of  Adoption  and  Child  Welfare  was  recognised internationally  for  helping  make  adoption  acceptable  in  our  society. From 2009-2010, he created  the  'Bell  Bajao'  campaign  for  Breakthrough  to  help check  domestic violence in  India. It was so effective that it was adapted in 7 other countries. Other  campaigns  are  'Akanksha'  in  2013  to  help  provide education to  under privileged children;  'Cleft  to  Smile' in  2013 helped to  raise awareness  for  Operation  Smile  India.  The 'Cleft to Smile' awareness logo became the most tweeted logo on Twitter. Seatbelt crew for with u - An impactful campaign done along to get motorists more aware of road safety.

He has utilized his communication skills not only for social causes but also for other activities of national interest. He masterminded the 'Incredible India!' campaign  for  the  Ministry  of  Tourism,  Government  of  India,  which  drew millions of tourists into the country . He scripted the beautiful, inspiring lyrics of  'Mile Sur Mera Tumhara',  for  the  National  Literacy Mission  of  India  in  1988 the  anthem  of  National  Integration  even  today .

He  has  been  named  the  most influential  man in  Indian  Advertising  9  years (2005 – 2014)  in  a  row  by  The  Economic  Times  (Brand  Equity), leading business daily. Lifetime Achievement Award by Advertising Agencies Association of India in 2010 and CLIO, New York in 2012. He is the first Indian to receive CLIO recognition. 25 Cannes Lion Awards since 2004, by Cannes Advertising Festival, the premier International Advertising Awards Festival that celebrates excellence in advertising and communications. He  is  the only Indian  to  have  won  three  Grand  Prizes  at  LIAA.

He  was the  first  Asian to  be  the  President  of  the  Cannes Jury  for  Film,  Press  and Outdoor  in  2004.  His  Fevikwik  Adhesive  commercial  was  voted  'commercial  of century'  in  2000  and  his  work  on  Cadbury ,  Campaign  of  the  century.

Born and raised in Jaipur. In the  past 20 years his work has taught and inspired the advertising  industry  to  leave  behind  its  Anglo-Saxon  leanings  and  create work  that  respects  its  Indian  roots  and  reflects  our  own  culture

Hakim Khan Sur Award
Hakim Khan Sur was a Pathan who came to Mewar from the Deccan. He became a general in Rana Pratap's army and fought to uphold the freedom and beliefs of his adopted home in the epic battle of Haldi Ghat (1576 A.D.) against the invading Mughal army of Emperor Akbar. Despite being a follower of Islam he was the first to lay down his life in battle fighting the Mughal army thereby fulfilling his commitment to uphold the freedom and honour of his chosen homeland, Mewar.

His sacrifice is symbolic of the supremacy of ideology over religious and communal consideration – a unique example of his belief in the principles and commitment of unquestionable loyalty and devotion to Manav Dharma.

The Hakim Khan Sur Award is National Award. This award has been instituted to honour work of permanent value for the cause of national integration. It is in this spirit the National Award was instituted in 1986.

Ms. Vrinda Grover was presented a ceremonial shawl, a “Toran” plaque of honour, a citation certificate and a cash award of Rs. 51,001.  

Ms. Vrinda Grover is a human rights lawyer based in New Delhi, India.

Vrinda has appeared in landmark human rights cases  and  represented  women  and  child survivors  of  domestic  and  sexual  violence, victims  and  survivors  of  communal  massacre, extrajudicial  killings  and  custodial  torture, sexual  minorities,  trade  unions  and  political activists. Vrinda's  research  and  writing  probes the  impunity  of  the  State  for  human  rights violations.

She  has  contributed  to  the  drafting  of  laws  including,  the  Criminal  Law Amendment  Act,  2013,  relating  to  sexual  violence  against  women;  The Protection  of  Children  from  Sexual  Offences  Act,  (POCSO)  2012;  the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010; a legislation for protection from communal and  targeted  violence.

She has actively engaged with the UN human rights mechanisms. She  is  a member  of  the  UN  Women  India  Civil  Society  Advisory  Group;  Bureau member of  South  Asians for  Human Rights (SAHR);  a  founder  member of  the Working  Group  on  Human  Rights  in  India  and  the  UN  (WGHR).

Vrinda is currently a Research Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi.

She  is  a  prominent  commentator  in  the  media  on  issues  relating  to accountability  for  violence  against  women  and  other  vulnerable  groups.

TIME Magazine identified her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013.

Maharana Udai Singh Award
The tumultuous life of Maharana Udai Singh (1537-1572 A.D.) stands in marked contrast to the tranquility and beauty of the City that today bears his name. After narrowly escaping an assassination attempt, Udai Singh lived for years in exile in Kumbhalgarh. In 1553 he founded the City of Udaipur and began to build a new palace on the shores of Lake Pichola. Thus, Udaipur became the new capital of Mewar.

At the beginning of the 21st century, we are standing at the cutting edge of urbanization, growth and development. In the 20th century, much of this development has been a product of unplanned haphazard growth which has lead to environmental degradation. The issues of development and maintenance of environmental balance are inextricable linked. Environmental growth has been a central tradition to the House of Mewar.

The Maharana Udai Singh Award is a National Award. This award has been instituted to honour work of permanent value in protecting and enriching the environment, hand-in-hand with future development. It is in this spirit that the National Award was instituted in 1996.

Mr. Jadav mulai Payeng was presented with a ceremonial shawl, a “Toran” plaque of honour, a citation certificate and a cash award of Rs 51001.

Mr. Jadav Mulai Payeng:  The Man Who Grew His Own Forest. This is a story of an exceptional Man - Jadav Payeng, known as 'Mulai”.   Born in the  state  of  Assam  in  north  eastern  India  in  1963, he  is  from  the  Mishing  T ribe  and  a  forestry worker  from  Jorhat, Assam. Jadav's  childhood was  typical  of  a  time  when  the  world  was  a quieter  place  and  children  played  with  sticks  and stones in  the rivers and mountains and worked in  the  fields.  During  the  floods  that  ravaged Assam  in  1979,  aged  16,  Jadav  walking  along  the sandbars  of  the  Brahmaputra  River and  saw  how the  floods  had washed many snakes  ashore onto the  sandbars. The slithering reptiles delighted him but a few days later, he found them dead because of the heat and the absence of any tree cover.

Jadav alerted the forest officials, who weren't prepared, to fund the planting of trees because they believed nothing would grow in the sandbar. Proposing  that he  could  try  Bamboo  and  leaving  him  to  use  his  own  initiative, Jadav  planted  20 Bamboo  seedlings.  Even though  it  was a  painstaking process, he persisted to plant bamboo and  a  year  later, in  1980, the  Assam Forestry  Division  initiated  a plan  to  reforest  200  hectares  of  land  on  one  of  the  sandbars  of  the  Brahmaputra, known then as Aruna Chapori. Working for them Jadav started planting trees on a five year project. After the  official end of the  project, Jadav remained at Aruna  Chapori  for  30  years  devoting  his  life  to  planting  more  trees,  tending  and caring  for  them  with  passion  transforming  the  once  barren  land  into  a  forest.

The forest today , named after Jadav is known as 'Mulai' forest, it now houses Bengal Tigers, Indian Rhinoceros, Monkeys, over 100 Deers and Rabbits and several  varieties  of  Birds,  including  a  large  number  of  Vultures.  There  are  several thousand trees, including valcol, arjun (terminalia arjuna), ejar (lagerstroemia speciosa),  goldmohur  (delonix  regia),  koroi  (albizia  procera),  moj(archidendron  bigeminum)  and  himolu  (bombax  ceiba).  Bamboo covers an area of over 300 hectares. A herd of around 100 elephants regularly visits the forest  every  year  and  generally  stay  for  around  six  months.

His work was brought to the attention of the authorities in 2008, when forest department officials went to the area in search of a herd of 115 elephants that had retreated into the forest after damaging property in the village of Aruna Chapori. The  large, dense  forest  astonished  officials  and  since  then  the department  has  regularly  visited  the  site.  Mulai's aim is to create a forest on another sand bar of the Brahmaputra. For almost 30 years, without support or subsidies, he has worked to expand the forest and his success is now celebrated around the world.

Jadav  was  honoured  at  a  public  function  organized  by  the  School  of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University , New Delhi on 22 April 2012 for his remarkable achievement and named as 'Forest Man of India'. In September  2012,  he  was  among  900  specialists  who  assembled  at  the  7th  Global Conference of the International Forum for Sustainable Development at Evian in  France.  In 2013, he received Wildlife Service Award from Sanctuary Asia. In 2013, he was honoured at Indian Institute of Forest Management. In 2015, he was honoured with Padma Shri. Payeng has also been the subject on a number of documentaries made in recent years.

Educated  up  to  Class 10  at  a  local  school,  unlike  many of  his  contemporaries  at the  time  who chose  to  take  up  arms,  Jadav  chose  to  plant  trees.  His forest stands tall and proud, defying the annual cycle of floods and constant erosion caused by the mighty Brahmaputra. He believes that “Environmental Science should be made compulsory in primary schools”.

Married with two sons and a daughter he also works as a milkman selling cattle milk to a nearby village providing him with a meager but sufficient source of income.  Like  the  flowing  waters  of  the  Brahmaputra  he  continues  to  plant saplings  and  lives  in  a  small  hut  made  from  bamboo  and  wood.

Jadav  Payeng is an inspiration to the world, a father and a husband and an environmentalist, the  forest maker of India.

Panna Dhai Award
Panna Dhai was a dhai or foster mother to the young prince of Mewar Kunwar Udai Singh, the rightful successor to the Gaddi, of Mewar. Banbir, who was an outsider, wanted to usurp this position and remove all impediments including young Kunwar. One night, Banbir entered the quarters of Kunwar Udai Singh, determined to eliminate him. Panna Dhai had suspecting malicious intentions placed her own child in the bed of the young prince. Her fierce loyalty extended far beyond any call of duty. The House of Mewar will always be indebted to her.

The Panna Dhai Award is a National Award. It has been instituted to honour a person who ventures beyond the call of duty in the face of immense hostility and sets an example in society of permanent value through sacrifice. It is in this spirit that the National Award was instituted in 1997.

Ms. Anu Aga was presented with a ceremonial shawl, a “Toran” plaque of honour, a Citation Certificate and a cash award of Rs. 51,001.

Ms. Anu Aga is known as much for her social work and activism as her business accomplishments.  In  2004,  she  retired  as  the Chairperson of  Thermax  Ltd,  and  the  board selected  her  daughter  Meher Pudumjee as the Chairperson. Thermax  is  a  Rs 4,935 crore engineering  solutions  provider  in  the  energy  and environment sectors.  She continues to be on the company's Board of Directors. Thermax was set up by Anu Aga's father Mr.  A S Bhathena  and  husband  in  1966  as  Wanson (India)  to  provide  a  range  of  engineering  solutions.  The company was renamed Thermax in 1980 after her father retired. 

Her  husband  Rohinton ran  and expanded  the  company  until  1996,  when  he  died  of  a  massive heart  attack. While Ms Aga was still finding her feet as the head of Thermax, she suffered a second tragedy when her 25 year old son Kurush was killed in a road accident. Thermax's growth had nose-dived at the time, with share prices plummeting from Rs. 400 to Rs. 36 because of the market downturn. In the face of considerable resistance, she started a full-scale turn-around. Between February 1996, when she took over as Chairperson of Thermax, and 2004, when she stepped down, Ms. Aga transformed the company into a global turnkey player in energy and environment projects.

She is the Chairperson of Thermax Social Initiative Foundation (TSIF). She supports  Akanksha  that  promotes  school  education  for  underprivileged children  in  Mumbai  and  Pune.  Along with Akanksha, TSIF has signed a MOU to support six municipal schools in Pune. She is the chair of 'T each for India' which attempts to bridge the inequity gap in education. She is keenly involved in the causes of communal harmony and human rights, especially women and children.  She is also known for her transparency in corporate governance.

She  has  done  her  BA  in  Economics  and  Political  Science  and  holds  a  post graduate degree in medical and psychiatric social work from Tata Institute of Social  Sciences  (TISS).  She was selected for the Fulbright Scholarship for social workers to study in the U.S. She has written extensively and given talks on the subjects of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, role of women and education.

In 2010, she was awarded the Padma Shri for her work in the social sector and in 2012 she was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha.

Maharishi Harit Rashi Award

Maharishi Harit Rashi Award is a State Award. This award has been instituted to honour scholars for work of permanent value in awakening society through the medium of Vedic culture, the ancient 'Shastras' and 'Karma Kand'.

Prof. Om Prakash Upadhyay and Pandit Ganpati Lal Sharma were presented a ceremonial shawl, a  “Toran” plaque of honour, a citation certificate and a cash award of Rs 25,001 each*.

Prof. Om  Prakash  Upadhyaya,  born  in Maandal,  Bhilwara,  Rajasthan,  India  on  2nd June 1951. He  is  an  Indian ayurvedic   physician and  was   Professor  and  Head  of  the  Department at  the  National  Institute  of  Ayurveda,  Jaipur before he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor o f   Guru Ravidas Ayurved University, Hoshiarpur , Punjab in July 2011. He is a doyen in  the  field  of  ayurvedic  medicine  and  a renowned  scholar  of  Sanskrit  who  chose  to specialize  in  ayurveda  as  his  career .  He  gained Vyakaranacharya  (Master  Degree  in  Sanskrit Vyakarana),  Darshanacharya  (Master  Degree  in  Darshan,  Philosophy),  M.A. in Sanskrit, Ayurvedic Physician (Vaidya), Ph.D. in Ayurveda and became a Researcher.  He edited the following projects namely Pada-Pada-Shloka Gadyanukramanika Sanskrit in 2000.

He  established  Shrawani  Poornima  as  Sanskrit  Day ,  amongst  the  public  in Punjab, to unite the people of every section with the Sanskrit language and to establish  a  Sanskrit  Academy  in  Punjab.

He  has  written  several  books  in  the  Sanskrit  language:  Rasayan  Vajikaran Darpan; Ayurveda Darshantatwa Vimarsh; Secondary Principles of Ayurveda and  Anusanadhandarsh (in  press).  He  developed  a  new concept  of  etiology  and a  method  for  the  treatment  of  cancer  based  on  Ayurveda  principles.

He  was  conferred  with  Padma  Shri  Award  in  2013  for  recognition  of  his contribution  in  the  field  of  Ayurveda;  The  Rashtrapati  Award  2014  in  Sanskrit; Sanskritseva  Sammana 2014  by  Haryana  Sanskrit  Academy ,  Government  of Haryana;  Sanskrit  Vidwat  Samman  2008,  Government  of  Rajasthan  He translated  and  deciphered  manuscripts  entitled  Pathyapathyadhikara  and Chikitsasara.

In  order  to  restore  awareness  and  the  interpretation  of  the  tradition  of  this ancient  and  profound culture  that  has been followed for  thousands  of years,  he has, throughout  the  country  been advocating  the  establishment  of the Vedic system,  which  is  necessary  to  reach  a  spiritual  dimension.

He  is  working to  rejuvenate  the  Sanskrit  language  and  make it  a  language  more familiar to  the  general  public.  He aims to promote more interest in the minds of Sanskrit  Scholars  and  the  use  of  Sanskrit  Language  in  Sanskrit  plays, Karmkanda,  Jyotish  Vidya  and  at  debates  and  Seminars.

Pandit  Ganpati  Lal  Sharma,  born  in  Khirni Village,  Sawai  Madhopur ,  Jaipur ,  Rajasthan, India  on  the  2nd  September  1957.

With 35 years of experience, he is a renowned Acharya (Jyotish). Presently he is the Principal of Shastri College, Chauth Ka Barwara, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur. Earlier he worked as a Lecturer and Professor in Astrology in Government Dhuleshwar Sanskrit College, Manoharpur, Jaipur from 1990 – 2008.

He  completed  his  secondary  education  from  Government  Sanskrit Vidhyalaya, Bonli,  Sawai  Madhopur  and  completed  Higher  Education  in  Maharaja Sanskrit  College,  Jaipur .

He has authored a number of books; Surya Siddhant, Gol Paribhasha, RekhaGanit  (I  to  VI  chapter),  Laghu  Parashari,  Janam  Patra  Deepak,  Nirman, Pramparayam Japuriya Vidusham Jogdanam, Shodh Granth, Samarsar , Uttar Kalamratam,  Beejganitam  etc.

Pandit  Sharma  has  taught  Maths  and  Jyotish  (traditional  Hindu  system  of astronomy  and  astrology)  to  his  students  and  worked with  wooden  models, with  replica  tools  from  the  collection  of  Architectural  astronomical  instruments collection at Jantar-Mantar (Observatory), Jaipur . Models of the instruments are  displayed  at  Jantar  Mantar  and  at  the Dhuleshwar  Acharya  Sanskrit  College to  help  students  to  understand  practical  astronomy .  They  were  also  displayed  at an  exhibition  at  Shiksha  Sankul,  Jaipur  in  September  2006.

A worthy achievement of Pandit Sharma is that through  the Akashwani (radio broadcaster)  Jaipur  centre,  various  aspects  of Jyotish  have  been discussed on air and  Pandit  Sharma  has  played  an  influential  role  in  ongoing  research.

For  his exemplary  achievement  in  the  field  of  astronomy ,  he was awarded as Honorary  Degree  of  'Jyotish  Martand'  from  Shrivedic  Sanskriti  Pracharak Sangh, Jaipur in 2008. He has been conferred with Aryabhatt A ward 2013 by Vyas Balabaksh Shodh Sansthan, Jaipur; Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Award 2014  from  Maharaja  Sawai  Man  Singh  II  Museum  Trust,  Jaipur  for  his contribution  in  the  field  of  astronomy;  Rajasthan Government  2012  Award  on Sanskrit  Day in  the  field  of  Sanskrit  education  for  his admirable  administrative services.

Maharana Mewar Award
Maharana Mewar Award is a State Award. This award has been instituted to honour work of permanent value to those who consider it their duty, like the Diwan of Shree Eklingnath ji, to serve society through services in the field of education, literature, social services, philanthropy and character building activities.

Mr. Shyam Sunder Paliwal and Ms. Kriti Bharti were presented with a ceremonial shawl, a  “Toran” plaque of honour, a Citation certificate and a cash award of Rs. 25,001 each*.

Mr. Shyam Sunder Paliwal is a social and environment al   worker born in Rajsamand, Rajasthan, India on 9th July 1967.

He  was a  Sarpanch  (Elected  Head)  of  one  such  village in southern Rajasthan's Rajsamand village Piplantri, which  is  quietly  practicing  its  own,  homegrown brand  of  eco-feminism  and  achieving  spectacular results. Gram Panchayat Piplantri is well known for its marble mining industry. While he was Sarpanch, he tragically lost his daughter Kiran to illness. This prompted him to start a new initiative to save female children born in village. He wanted to combine this initiative with working to safeguard the environment.  For  the  last  several years, Piplantri  village  panchayat has been saving  girl  babies and  increasing  the  green  cover  in and  around  it  at  the  same  time.  Villagers have planted 111 trees for each baby girl born and  the  community  ensures  these  trees  survive,  attaining  fruition  as  the  girls  grow up.  ` 21,000 is collected from the village residents and `10,000 from the girl's father. This sum  of  `  31,000 is  used as  a  fixed  deposit for  the  girl's  future,  with a  maturity period of 20 years.

Over the last six years, people in the community have managed to plant over a quarter million trees on the village's grazing commons including Neem, Sheesham, Mango, Amla. But this village of 8,000 has not stopped at planting trees and cultivating the common ground. T o  prevent  these  trees  from  being  infested  with termite,  residents have  planted  over  two  and a  half  million Aloevera  plants  around  them.  Now these  trees, especially  the  Aloevera, are  a  source  of  livelihood  for  several  residents.  As a  result  of  Mr. Paliwal's  initiative  and  contribution  for  the  development  of  society ,  today  the  village  has planted  more  than  250000  trees  and  created  a  green  cover .

The water harvesting  system  of  Piplantri  has  been  an  inspiration  to  foreign  countries  as well. A case study of Piplantri will be taught in primary and middle schools in Denmark.  Denmark's  Mass  Media  University  has  also  made  a  10  to  12  minutes documentary for  this  project.

Mr. Paliwal  has  not  only  transformed  the  lives  of  people  in  this  gram  panchayat,  but  has also inspired  the entire Rajsamand District who want now emulate him. He has made the District proud by winning Nirmal Gram Puruskar 2007 given by the President of India Prof. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at New Delhi for complete cleanliness campaign. A forward approach for systematic development has also brought him another accolade when  Piplantri  village  was  recently  awarded  by  Rajasthan  Government  as  a  "model gram panchayat" and included in Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Adarsh Gram Yojna which  is  the  only  village from  Rajsamand  to  be  selected  for  this.

Ms. Kriti Bharti belongs to Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.  She was born on 19th August 1987.

Ms. Bharti  is  a  rehabilitation  psychologist specialist  in  the  legal  annulment  of  child marriages.  She  is  involved  with  reformation activities  in  Central  Jail,  a  crèche  set  up  for children of women prisoners at Central Jail and empowerment  activities  for  slum  women  and Women prisoners.  In this endeavour she has rehabilitated more than 6000 children and around 5500 women. She is serving society as a permanent  work  of  service  in  the  field  of  education,  social  service  and  character building  activities.

Kriti  is  the  founder  of  'Saarthi  Trust'  and  as  Managing  Trustee  she  is  working  for the  rehabilitation  of  needy  persons  at  grass  root  level.  She  has  undertaken  many projects such as Naya Savera - Annulment of Child Marriage Cases, Chahakta Aangan, Badhte Kadam, adopted Aanganwadi Centre, Aapno Saathi -  Child Helpline, Bulandi, Help  for  Self  -  Employment, Nayi  Dagar,  Baal  Sneh Milan, Children  Fair ,  Udaan etc. The T rust  was set  up in  2012  to  address  the  child marriage  dilemma  facing  India.  She  sets  up  programmes  and  provides psychological  support  and  education  to  women  and  children.

Limca  Book  of  Records  included  the  works  of  Saarthi  T rust  in  its  record  book  as National Record 2013. This is probably the first time that an NGO has been recognized  for  working  on  the  anti-child  marriage  campaign  in  the  country.

She  was awarded  Veer  Durgadas  Rathore  Youth  Award  2012,  Jodhpur  for  child welfare  and  women  development;  Youth  Award  2012  by  Baba  Ramdeo Sansthan, Jodhpur in  2012; Certificate of Appreciation from  NDTV Channel and  Vedanta  under  the  joint  campaign  'Our  Girls  Our  Pride'  for  her contribution and dedication towards the  cause of girl child in  2013; felicitated on  Republic  Day ,  January  26,  2014  by  the  Jodhpur  District  Administration.

Ms. Kriti  was  also  honoured  for  her  work  to  transform  personal  pain  into positive  action  as an International Female Role Model working against violence inflicted on women through  The  Pixel  Projects  '16  for  16'  campaign  2013 based on  the  theme  Gender Violence  2013. Saarthi  is  honored  with 10th Rank in  World  out  of  16th  International  Organizations  who  are  working  against child  marriage.  This ranking  has been achieved  by  The Pixel  Projects  '16  of 16' campaign  2013  an  International  Organization  working  to  protect  women against  violence.

Due to her dedication, her work of advocacy has been included by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that has incorporated the case study of Lakshmi for the Class of XI and XII students as a part of their curriculum on human rights and gender studies. This  story has been included  in  the  CBSE book of Human Rights and  Gender Studies,  in  2014, in  Chapter 2: Gender Related  Issues,  under  the  subtitle  of  'Indian  Teenager  Annuls  Her  Child Marriage'  on  page  207  of  the  book  for  Class  XI.   The decision has given courage to other girls to challenge the tradition.

 As  a  result  of  these  combined  efforts  the  number  of  child  marriages  in  Rajasthan has  dropped  from  58.4%  in  the  last  decade  to  nearly  22%.

Presently  she  is  pursuing her PhD  in  Psychology  focusing  on  Children  in  need of  care  and  protection..

Maharana Kumbha Award

Maharana Kumbha is a State Award instituted to honour works of permanent value to society through the medium of history and literature. This year it was awarded to Mr. Narayan Lal Sharma and Dr. Chandra Prakash Deval.

Mr. Narayan Lal Sharma, born at Hyderabad, Sindh in 1941. At the age of 6 years the tragedy of partition  compelled  his  parents  to  move  to  India where  they  lived  in Kankaroli,  Rajasthan  and  where he  received  his  primary  education.  He was a talented student and went on to college education in Udaipur, Rajasthan. He  then  completed  his  post graduation  from  the  University of Rajasthan in  the subject  of  Geography  and  was  placed  second  in University .

In  1962,  he  joined  as  a  lecturer  in  Government College  Rajasthan  at  Kotputli  where  he  served  for  4 years.  Because of  his  interest  in  social  works he  returned  to  Udaipur  and  joined Vidhya Niketan  as  a  Teacher. He served there at different posts. After that  he  joined as  Principal,  at  Alok  School, Fatehpura, Udaipur  where  he  embarked  on  his  mission in the field of education. Presently he is working at 'The Scholars Arena' Shikshan Sansthan, Udaipur as an Academic Director.

Providing education has been his mission and he has always upgraded standards of education qualitatively and quantitatively.

Moral  values  and  Mewar  have  been  the  objective  of  work  and  have  motivated  him  in a wide  range  of  writings.  His publications are Literature for Tourism regarding different places i.e. Udaipur, Nathdwara, Shree Eklingji, Ranakpur, Jaisalmer etc. Books  on  History  based  on  Maharana  Pratap,  Meera  Bai  and  Maharana  Udai  Singh, 'Mann' a Philosophical book, a memorial book 'Shat Madhav Charan Mein' and published  several  research  papers  on  Maharana  Pratap's  life  and  history .

He worked on a translation  of the  book 'Haldighati'  by Shyam Narayan Pandey, 'Medieval  Historical  and  Geographical  places  of  Ancient  India'  by  Nandlal  Dey. His writings have been published as a series in a daily newspaper from 1998 until the present day in a column titled 'Mewar Mahima' subject to Historical aspects. He wrote  a  biography  of  Maharana  Shambhu  Singh  in  Haqiqat  Bahida  (Daily  Journals) of Maharana Shambhu Singh  (r .  1861 - 1874 AD) published by Maharana Mewar Historical  Publications  Trust,  Udaipur  under  the  aegis  of  Maharana  of  Mewar Charitable  Foundation,  Udaipur.

He  was  conferred  as  best  teacher  from  District  Administration  in  1987;  State Government Award for Qualitative Education in 1991; Divisional Department of Education  appreciated  in  1994,  1995  and  1996.   He  said  it  was  a  great  feeling  when he  was  conferred  by  thousands  of  his  former-students  in  a  social  felicitation  in  2008.

 Dr.  Chandra  Prakash  Deval  is  an  eminent Rajasthani  writer  born  at  Gothipa  village,  Udaipur, Rajasthan on  14th  August  1949.  He  completed  his graduation  in  Science  in  the  year  1971,  Post graduation  in  Chemistry  in  the  year  1973  and PhD  in  Biology  in  the  year 1987.

He has written number of books of poetry and short stories. He has translated more than a dozen books which include world classics like Dostovovsky's 'Crime and Punishment' and Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot'. He  has  been working  and  contributing  to  the  wealth  of literature  for  the  last  43  years.  He is a Writer, Poet, Translator, Editor and Lexicographer “pas excellence”. He is a person who is blessed with a multi-talent personality. He edited the immortal creation of Suryamal Mishan 'Vansh Bhaskar'.

His  pioneering  work  include  several  publications  which  are  Paagi - Rajasthani Kavya  Sangrah 1977, Avsaan - Hindi Kavya Sangrah - 1999, Uddik  Puran - Rajasthani Kavya Sangrah  - 2004, Jhuravao - Rajasthani Kavya Sangrah - 2008, Hiran  Moon Saadh  Van Charna - 2010.    He has also worked on many translations in Rajasthani including Upnisdawali in 1990. Translated  Hindi  poems  of Kedarnath  Singh  Poetry  Collection  'Akal  Mein  Saras  Ka'  in  1994  and  also translated  more  than  80  poems  of  the  renowned  Poets  in  2014.

He has also edited Bharat Basa Bhagwat and Raag -  Viraag in  Rajasthani, Medieval Indian Literature, Encyclopedia  of Indian Literature in  English, Vansh  Bhaskar (all in  9  parts)  and  Veer  Vinod (Karna Parv - Swami Ganeshpuri's Mahabharata)  in Hindi.  He  compiled  a  dictionary  titled  Dogri  -  Hindi  Rajasthani  2012  in  two volumes  and  Punjabi  -  Rajasthani  in  2014.

He is a recipient of Padma Shri in 2011 for his contribution to the  literature. He has been awarded and honored by several literary societies.  He  has  received Meera  Puruskar  1999 from  Rajasthani  Sahitya  Academy ,  Udaipur  for  his  Hindi poetry Bolo Madhvi;  Suryamal Mishan  Award 2006 form  Rajasthan Aasha Sahitya Academy ,  Bikaner;  Sahitya  Academy  Award  1979  for  his  Rajasthani  poetry collection  named  Paagi.  He  also  achieved  India  level  Translation  award  for  his translation of Gyanpeeth Awardee Kedarnath Singh Poetry Collection 'Akal Mein Saras  Ka'  in  1994.

He is associated with Rajasthani Bhasha Sahitya Evam Sanskriti Academy, Bikaner;Member  and  Convener  of  Sahitya  Academy ,  Delhi  from  2008  -  2013.

Maharana Sajjan Singh Award

Maharana Sajjan Singh Award is a State Award instituted to honour work of permanent value to society through the medium of paintings, fine art, sculpture, architecture and craft. This year it was conferred to Mr. Kamlesh Jangid.

Mr. Kamlesh Jangid was born at Churu, Rajasthan on the 1st October 1988. He  comes from  a  family  who  has  traditionally  been involved  in  wood  carving  craft  for  four generations.  He  is  a  Master  in  the  art  of Miniature  Carving  on  wood  -  the  art  of  wood carving  and  designing.  He  learnt  this  art  form from  his  father  Guruji  Shri  Vinod  Kumar Jangid.

Wood carving is widely practiced in many parts of India. Mr. Jangid  carves  motifs on  wood from characters  of  Rajasthan  that  includes  Gods  and  Goddesses,  mythological  figures and animals mostly camels, horses and peacocks. The wood is first cut into a desired shape. Fine  tools  are  then  used  to  carve  out  intricate  details  of  the  design giving  precision  attention  to  the  finest  detail.  The  piece  of  wood  is  then intricately  carved  with scenes  from  epics, nature and from  the  craftsman's own creative  imagination.    His  master-piece is  a  sword carved  from  wood depicting various  episodes  based  on  the  life  of  Maharana  Pratap.  The  wooden  sword includes  a  Haldighati war  scene,  Vijaystambh of Chittorgarh, Maharana  Pratap with  Horse Chetak,  Maharana  Pratap  with  Bhamashah.

He  has  received  various  awards  for  his  excellence  in  wood  carving.  He  was bestowed  with National  Award  in  2011  from  Ministry  of  Textiles,  Government of  India;  State  Handicraft  Award  in  2011  from  Rajasthan  Small  Scale  Industries Corporation, Jaipur;  Shilp  Samman  2004  from West  Zone  Cultural  Centre, Udaipur  and  Consolation  prize  in  District  Level  Handicraft  Competition  2002 from  District  Collector,  Jaipur.

He  has  participated  at  National  and  State  level  fairs  and  festivals.

Dagar Gharana Award
Dagar Gharana Award is a State Award named after the illustrious House of Dagar who made Dhrupad and Dhammar Gayaki their personal and identifiable symbol of excellence in Indian classical music. This award was instituted to honour musicians for work of permanent value to society through their achievements in the field of Indian classical music, Rajasthani folk dance and music.

This year the award was conferred to Mr. Amaan Ali Khan and Mr. Ayaan Ali Khan.

Mr. Amaan Ali Khan is  a young talented artist from  the  seventh  generation  of  an  unbroken chain from  the  Senia  Bangash  School.   He  is  the eldest  son  and  disciple  of  the  Sarod  Maestro Amjad  Ali  Khan  and  grandson  of  Haafiz  Ali Khan. He  was initiated  into  the  fine  art of Sarod playing  at  a  very  tender  age,  beginning  his  public performances  as  early  as  eight.

 Accompanying  his  father  to  various  music festivals  in  India  and  abroad,  he  has  today ,  carved out a niche for  himself.  His performances have evoked praiseworthy applause. His interpretation of melody and his bold and resonant strokes are all pointers to importance of tradition and continuity in Indian Classical Music. Amaan is one of the most loved artists of India today and  has  performed in  most of  the  mainstream  Music  Festivals  of  India,  in  India and  abroad.

He performed in 1986 at the Festival of India in Moscow at the age of eight. Thereafter ,  Amaan made his UK debut in  1990 and  his US debut in  New  York at  the  Asia  Society  in  1991.

Amaan has been a  regular  performer at Palais  beaux-arts in  Brussels,  Esplanade in Singapore, Chicago Symphony Center,  Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center in  the  USA,  Royal  Festival  Hall  and  Barbican  Center  in  the  UK.  He  has performed  for  the  Temenos  academy  (An  educational  Charity)  at  St. James Palace in London for HRH Prince of Wales in 1995, 1997 and 2003. In 2001 and 2002 he took  part at the  Summer Arts Festival  in  Seattle and performed at the  Edinburgh  Festival  in  the  UK.  In  2005  Amaan  and  his  brother  Ayaan composed  the  music  for  the  film  American  Daylight  directed  by  academy  award winner Rodger Christian. His Electronica lounge albums titled Reincarnation (2005) and 'Truth' (2006) won him critical acclaim. In August 2014, Amaan toured in India with The Britten Sinfonia, one of the world's most celebrated and pioneering ensembles.

In  March  2014,  Amaan  performed  at  The  Getty  Center  in  Los  Angeles  under  its annual  concert  series  'Sounds  of  L.A.'  same  year  Amaan  played  at  a  Peace Concert at the United Nations, presented by  The Permanent Mission of India to  the  United  Nations,  along  with  the  UN  Academic  Impact  (an  initiative  of  the Department  of  Public  Information  of  the  UN)  at  the  Dag  Hammarskjold Library  Auditorium  at  the  United  Nations.

Amaan  performed  at  the  Central  Hall  of  the  Indian  Parliament  on  the commemoration of  India's  60th year of  Independence  in  2007.

In October 2002, he received Provogue Society's Young Achievers Award for performing Arts. A recipient of the MTV's Lycra Award for the Most Stylish person  in  Music  in  2006,  he  was honoured  recently  by  the  Mayor  of  the  City of Tulsa, Oklahoma  with  the  Keys  to  the  City  along  with  an  Honorary  Citizenship and  the Bharat  Shiromani  Award  for  Instrumental  music  in  2007.

His  latest  release  is  called  Live  in  Lisbon,  produced  by  Sarod  Records  released  on iTunes  recorded  at  Grande  Auditório  Gulbenkian.

The album titled Rang - Colors of Sufism released in March features Amaan and  Ayaan's  interpretations  of  traditional  Qawwalis  on  the  Sarod  in  2012. Amaan released his solo album titled 'Amaan', in 2002.

In addition to playing the Sarod, Amaan co-authored a book with his brother, Ayaan titled 'Abba-God's greatest gift to us on his father's life' in November 2002. In early 2010, he co-authored his second book with Ayaan called '50 Maestros 50 Recordings' for Harper Collins and also released an album called 'The  Music  Room'  and  'Sarod  Symphony'  with  his  father  and  guru.  In September  2013  Amaan Ali Khan and  Ayaan Ali Khan performed with Oudist Rahim Alhaj  for  Amjad  Ali  Khan's  Grammy  Nominated  project, Ancient Sounds  at  Kirkland  Center  of  Performing  Arts  and  Chicago  World  Music Festival.

Amaan  Ali  Khan  has  become  an  inspiration  to  a  younger  generation  of Musicians

 Mr. Ayaan Ali Khan  is  the  seventh  generation  of a  musical  lineage  known  as  the  Senia  Bangash School.  The  younger  son  and  disciple  of  the Sarod  Titan Amjad  Ali  Khan,  Ayaan  stepped into the world of music and the Sarod, at a very early  age,  with  confidence,  clarity ,  consistency and  technical  mastery  that  he  learnt  at  his father's  knee.  Ayaan  has  been  performing concerts  in  India  and  world –wide,  since  he  gave his solo debut at the age of eight.  He has given many  solo  performances  and  also  assisted  his illustrious  father  at  concerts  all  over  the  world.

Over the years today, Ayaan has carved out a special niche for himself in the world of music.  His  approach,  vision  and  versatility  make  him  an  icon  for young people in  the music industry . His  contribution in  making the Sarod a cross-over  instrument  in  a  variety  of  genres  has  projected  him  as  an  artist  of  high repute.

He made his UK debut in 1989 and US Debut in 1991 at the Asia Society in New York. From  1997  onwards  Ayaan  has  performed  regularly  at  the  Carnegie Hall  and  Smithsonian  in  the  US,  Palais  Beaux-Arts  in  Brussels,  Chicago Symphony  Center,  Esplanade in  Singapore,  Summer Arts Festival  in  Seattle, Edinburgh  Music  Festival  and  the  Royal  Festival  Hall in  London.  In  July  2002, Ayaan conducted  a  workshop for  the  National Youth  Orchestra  of  UK with Matthew  Barley  which was followed by  a  concert  with the  NYO. In 2000, Ayaan joined his father at the Dalai Lama's Sacred Music Festival inauguration in New Delhi. Over  the  years  Ayaan  has  been  a  regular  performer  at Konzerthaus  in Vienna,- Symphony  Hall in  Birmingham, Bridgewater  Hall in Manchester ,  Recital  Hall, Het  Concertgebouw  in  Amsterdam,  Centre  d`Art Contemporain, Geneva  and  the  UN  International  Labour  Organization auditorium,  Geneva.

In May  2003,  Ayaan performed for  Prince  Charles at  his  High  Grove  Estate for the  educational  charity ,  Temenos  Academy .  In  2005  with his  brother  Amaan  he composed  the  music  score  for  Roger  Christian's  film  'American  Daylight'.

Ayaan  performed  at  the  Central  Hall  of  the  Indian  Parliament  on  the commemoration  of  India's  60th  year  of  Independence  in  2007.

Along  with  his  many  solo  classical  albums,  Ayaan  has  crossed  the  bridge between Indian music and a variety of genres with his electronica and lounge albums  like  'Reincarnation',  'Truth',  'Mysic  Dunes',  'Passion'  and  'Dreamz'. He also released two albums titled 'The M usic Room' and 'Sarod Symphony' with his father and guru in 2010.  The album  titled  Rang -  Colors of  Sufism  was released  in  March  2012  featuring  Amaan  and  Ayaan's  interpretations  of  traditional  Qawwalis  on  the  Sarod.

Bestowed with the  MTV's Lycra  Award  for  the  Most  Stylish  person  in  Music  in 2006, Ayaan was honoured by the Mayor  of the  City of  Tulsa, Oklahoma with the  Keys  to  the  City  along  with  an  Honorary Citizenship and  the Bharat Shiromani Award for Instrumental  music  in  2007.

In November 2002, Ayaan co-authored a book with his brother, Amaan titled 'Abba-God's Greatest Gift to us'. This book  was on  his  father's  life  and  was published  by Roli Books,  Lustre  Publications  under  the  'Family  Pride  Series'. In 2010  Ayaan  and  Amaan,  released  their  second  book  titled  '50  Maestros  50 Recordings'  which  was  published  by  Harper  Collins.

March  2014 Amjad Ali Khan and  Ayaan Ali Khan spent  a  week long  residency at  Indiana  University  Bloomington  as  the  first  School  of  Global  and International Studies Artist in Residence.  The course was highly interactive in nature, and students learnt the fundamental concepts of Indian classical music through time-honoured traditional methods.

In March 2014, Ayaan performed  at  The Getty Center in  Los  Angeles  under  its annual  concert series  'Sounds of L.A.' His  latest  release  is  called  Live in  Lisbon, produced by Sarod Records released on iTunes recorded at Grande Auditório Gulbenkian

Rana Punja Award
Rana Punja Award is a State award instituted to honour works of permanent value to society by a person of tribal origin in commemoration of the mutual trust and continued association between the Bhil tribesmen and the House of Mewar.
This year the award was conferred to Mr. Chunni Lal Garasia.

Mr. Chunni lal Garasia was born in Udaipur, Rajasthan on 5th September 1953.

For the last 44 years Mr. Garasia has been committed to working towards tribal development in and around Udaipur, Banswara, Sarara and Dungarpur of Rajasthan. Presently he is the Vice President of State Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Rajasthan.

He  has been applauded  for  his contribution  to tribal  society  and  has  been  conferred  with  several designations  to  serve  society;  State  Minister  in  Government  of  Rajasthan  in 1990; State Executive of BJP Rajasthan from 1993 – 2012; Chairman of ST Committee in  Rajasthan Vidhan  Sabha,  Jaipur  from  1995  -  1998;  National Executive Member  of ST Morcha in  New  Delhi; Vice  President  of All India Tribal Morcha; Vice President of  SCST  Commission.

He held the appointment as Member of Legislative (MLA) for Udaipur Rural, twice, in 1990 and 1993 from Bhartiya Janta Party. For two years he was State Minister for Tribal, Health Department and Public Works Department.

He chooses a path of societal improvement, a rare  and  difficult  path,  as  he realized  that  tribal  communities  in  Rajasthan  comprise  an  important dimension of  the great Indian society. To provide them with authority, he associated  himself with various programmes such  as  special  provision for  the advancement  in  education;  upliftment  programs,  the  right  to  education, medical aid facilities, opening employment resources, transportation facilities, poverty , health & nutrition and other community outreach programmes and activities.  He has also worked towards the  provision  of irrigation  facilities  in tribal  societies  as  another  source  of  employment  and  to  encourage  tribal  people to  take  more responsibility and raise  their  standard of living  by working on the land.  As a result he has opened several small projects with support from the government.

On behalf of the State Government Mr. Garasiya set up an exhibition for Naroo Unmillan with a delegation from Japan.

Aravali Award
Aravali Award is a State Award instituted to honour and encourages outstanding sportsperson for achieving distinction in any discipline of sports and games.

Mr. Navneet Gautam and Ms. Sumitra Sharma were awarded the Aravali Award for year.

Mr. Navneet  Gautam, a  Kabaddi sportsman  has been playing for  the  last  18 years and has been declared  the  best  sportsperson  in  Kabaddi.

Navneet  Gautam's  Kojak-like  appearance  makes him  very  prominent  on  the  Kabaddi  court, especially  when  he  positions  himself  as  a defender in the left corner . It has been 14 years since he won the gold medal for Rajasthan in the junior National Championship.

An  Arjuna  award  winner  in  2007,  the  six-foot Kabaddi player from  Jaipur is  a two-time  gold medal winner. One in the 16th Asian Games at Guangzhou, China in 2010 and in the 15th Asian Games at Doha, Qatar in 2006. He won gold medals at the 2nd Asian Indoor Games at Macau,  China  2007;  3rd  Asian  Indoor  Games  at  Vietnam  2009;  9th  Asian  Man Kabaddi  Championship  at  Tehran  2005  and  10th  South  Asian  Games  at Colombo  2006.

As Captain of Jaipur Pink  Panthers, he led  a team in  Pro-Kabaddi  tournament that  started  in  2014  to  promote Kabaddi at  national as  well as  international level. He won the 21st session of Pro-Kabaddi, considered man of the match twice.  Jaipur  Pink  Panthers  became  the  first  ever  team  to  win  the  Star  Sports  Pro Kabaddi  title  against  U Mumbai.  Pro Kabaddi League is a Kabaddi tournament backed by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) and the Asian Kabaddi Federation (AKF). For the inaugural tournament held in July - August 2014, the PKL finalized a list of 8 teams who participated in the tournament. The teams  represented  8  different  cities  of  India,  including  Pink  City  Jaipur. There is  no  doubt  that  the  last  month has  been  the  best  time  of  our  lives  as  Kabaddi  players. The  support  from  all  sections  of  the  society  has  been  an  unforgettable  experience.  The response from ordinary people has been exceptional. said the Pink Panthers Jaipur captain.

He played and won gold medal at 1st and 2nd World Cup of Kabaddi held at Mumbai in 2004 and 2007. He played in 3 matches of 6 Test Match Series of India  v/s  Bangladesh  and  won  Gold  Medal  in  2004.

Other accolades  he  has  received  are  Maharana  Pratap  Award  by  Government  of Rajasthan  in  2006  and  Bharat  Sanchar  Krida  award  by  BSNL  Delhi Headquarter  in  2006,  2007  and  2008.

 Ms. Sumitra Sharma is a passionate sports person who made her Country proud of her courage, strength, commitment, enthusiasm and strong determination playing Kabaddi.

Ms. Sharma  started  her  career  many  years  ago but her journey has not been an easy one as her family  didn't  fully  recognize  her  talent  for Kabaddi but  her  commitment  to  the  sport  has made  her  an  icon  for  youth.  Today  she  has become  a  renowned  figure  in  the  field  of  Kabaddi.

She  has  won  many  International,  National  and  State  Awards  due  to  her commitment  and  hard work resulting  in  an  outstanding performance. She was a member of the women's Kabaddi team and won Gold medal in 17th Asian Games  at  Incheon,  Korea  in  2014  and  Gold  Medal  in  3rd  Junior  Asian  Kabaddi Championship 2011 held in Malaysia.

She is all rounder in her team and has a secure a remarkable place in the Championship.

She has played 10 times Nationals for Rajasthan and 5 times winner in State Championship.  Her  National  achievements  has  secured  her  1st  position  in 59th National Championship at Amrawati in  2012; secured 1st position in  60 th National Championship at Baramati, Maharashtra in 2014 and secured 1st position  in  61th  National  Championship  at  Tamilnadu  in  2015.

Recently she played at State level and won a Gold medal in 62nd State Men Women Championship held at Malapur, Tonk in the year 2015 and also won Gold medal in Kesarisingh Ganganagar State Championship.

Sumitra was born on 30th September 1992 at Jaipur, Rajasthan. She completed her schooling at Bhawani School, Jaipur. Presently she is a student of MA at Bhawani Niketan College, Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Special Award
The Special Award was instituted in 1981-82.

Dr. Shailendra Mohan was awarded the Special Award.

Dr.  Shailendra Mohan is currently the Associate Professor at Deccan College Post- Graduate and Research Institute, Pune. He is actively engaged in working on lesser- known and endangered languages spoken in India.  He  is  presently working on documentation and  a  description of Nihali,  a critically endangered  language spoken  in  Central India, funded  by Endangered Languages  Documentation  Programme  (ELDP) School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University  of  London.

Dr. Shailendra Mohan has devoted his work to lesser-known languages, minority and tribal languages  of India and has also worked on tribal languages of the  Jharkhand  such as Kurukh, Santhali, Ho and Mundari languages  for  his PhD  work from  Jawaharlal  Nehru University,  New  Delhi. He  has been actively engaged  in  documenting  the  languages  of  the  Andaman  Islands:  Great Andamanese,  Jarawa  and  Onge languages  under  the  supervision  of  Prof.  Anvita Abbi, JNU, New Delhi. Dr. Shailendra Mohan is also engaged in research on Korku, Gondi, Bhili tribal languages of Nimad region.

Born on 2nd April 1972, Dr.  Shailendra Mohan received his M.A. degree in Linguistics in 1997 from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has received  his  doctoral  degree  in  Linguistics  from  the  Jawaharlal  Nehru University  in  2004.  Since 2005, Dr. Shailendra  Mohan  is  teaching  various courses  in  Linguistics  at  Deccan College Post-  Graduate  and  Research  institute, Pune.

He has also been the Secretary of Linguistic Society of India for the last three years.

He has published articles in various national and international journals. He has co-edited  a  book  “ Alternative  Voices  “ published  by  Cambridge  Scholars Publication,  UK.

Maharana Mewar Special Award for Best Police Station of Rajasthan was given to Police Station Sarola, Jhalawar, and Rajasthan for its achievement and contribution to community policing; police action planning; communal harmony; law and order maintenance as well as programmes through public private partnership.

Bhamashah Award is a State award to honour excellence in students chosen from amongst all the Universities of Rajasthan. 34 students received this award for the academic year 2012-2013 & 2013-2014.

Maharana Raj Singh Award is a city of Udaipur award. This award was instituted to honour deserving students of universities based within the municipal limits of Udaipur and also students from those colleges who are affiliated to these universities, but are located outside Udaipur, for distinguished achievements in Games and sport, and Cultural, literary, co-curricular and extracurricular activities conducted by a recognised body. 10 students received this award for the academic year 2012-2013 & 2013-2014.

Maharana Fateh Singh Award is a city of Udaipur Award honouring those students who have passed the exams of Central Board of Secondary Education and Board of Secondary Education, Rajasthan from Secondary and Senior Secondary schools located within municipal limits of Udaipur. 72 students received this award for the academic year 2012-2013 & 2013-2014.
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