Bhubaneswar: The Parichay Foundation organised the sixth edition of its signature event ‘Aarya Awards’ on Tuesday here.
A total of 12 women achievers were awarded on the occasion by renowned social activist and Arya Samaj leader Swami Agnivesh, who graced the occasion as chief guest.
They were selected from different parts of the country and even outside. The awardees included Subhashree Das and Madhumita Pujari for the field of Social Service, Rupa Dash for Field of Entrepreneurship (NRO), Bijayalaxmi Parida for Field of Literature, Sarbani Parhi for Field of Education, Sirisa Kurami for Field of Sports, Subhadarsini Mishra for Field of Media, Sonali Mishra for Field of Art and Culture, Sabarni Das for Field of Entertainment, Dr Madhuri Patnaik for Field of Medical Science and Shelbi Mishra and Sasmita Adhikari for the Field of Trendsetters.
The panelists included DGP RP Sharma, Professor in Anthropology, University of California, Dr. Annapurna Pandey, eminent social activist Namrata Chaddha and senior journalist Sandeep Mishra. The session was moderated by Parichay’s communication consultant, Dikhya Tiwari, who is also a freelance journalist and an anchor.
Appreciating the initiative of Parichay to felicitate women achievers, Swami Agnivesh said, “I am very impressed with the work the foundation has been doing to empower women, particularly those belonging to the underprivileged sections of the society. I was also very happy to meet the 12 women achievers who were honoured by the Parichay family for doing exemplary work in different fields.”
Founder, Parichay Foundation Rosalin Patasani Mishra, said, “These awardees are a part of the Parichay family now and we are proud of them. I am grateful to each one of them for taking out time to come and receive the awards themselves. From USA to Gujarat, Bangalore to Kolkata, Kendrapada to Malkangiri, they have come from all across the globe for Aarya Awards and that itself speaks volumes about the trust. That motivates us to work harder and with much more dedication towards the cause of women empowerment. I am also thankful to all our panelists who supported us to raise awareness about such a critical issue.”
The Parichay is also organising a women bike rally on International Women’s Day on March 8 from Sikharchandi to Salia Sahi.
Notably, the Parichay Foundation is a philanthropic organisation engaged in promoting Indian art and culture and bringing about economic and social upliftment for underprivileged women.