Kolkata: 24Ghanta is organising its “24 Ghanta Ananya Samman 1416” for the 3rd consecutive year this year. Unlike other events in this part of the country, it is “Sherar Lodai noy, Protibhar Swikriti”- it is not a fight for the best, it the acknowledgement and felicitation for the outstanding talents that have made the state proud over a period of time.
Following are the persons being honoured:
Tapan Raychoudhury: A Padma BHushan awardee, Raychoudhury is an Oxford and Presidency college product who has taught at several universities across the world. He is an author of Bengali prose fiction as well.
Manoj MItra: An actor par excellence, Mitra formed his theatre group ‘Sundaram’ way back in 1957 and has acted in, directed, organised and written many plays over the years.
Leander Paes: Tennis and Leander are synonymous for the men’s version of the sport in India. Not for no reason- Leander has won 12 Grand Slams and won India its first individual medal in the sport in Olympics when he won the Bronze in Atlanta 1996.
Martin Kampchen: A German teacher, Kampchen was so attracted to Indian philosophy and Rabindranath Tagore that he learnt Bengali and translated many of Gurudev’s works into German. The poet is engaged in the mission of rural development as well.
Soumendu Roy: An ace cinematographer and cameraman, Roy has worked with Subrata Mitra on the sets of ‘Panther Panchali’. A four time National Award winner, Mitra has showcased his skills with Satyajit Ray, Tapan Sinha, Tarun Majumder, Buddhadev Dasgupta.
Swapan Adhikari: A rickshaw puller, Swapan supports many poor students in education.
Marshall Murmu: He stunned the Principal of his school from anti-socialists. He is only in Class-III!
Reeta Toto: She has the distinction of being the first woman graduate from the ancient Toto community that resides on the border of Bhutan.
Bulti Bagdi: At 16, she was married-off against her own wish. When her in-laws strated torturing her for dowry, she showcased exemplary corage and walked out of the marriage.
Nigel Akara: Accused of robbery and murder, Akara a.k.a. Vicky’s life changed after he came into contact with a cultural mission. He has now returned to the mainstream.
Basanta Singha Roy & Debashish Biswas: These government employees created a record of sorts when they became the first Bengali mountaineering team to scale the Mt Everest, without any aid from the Army.
Raj Mallik & Parvez Akhtar: When Stephen Court burnt and the fire men were no-where to be seen, these two ordinary men showed extraordinary bravery and saved some lives.
Addressing the audience, Zee News Ltd CEO Barun Das affirmed the company’ support to honouring those who have made a positive change in society.
“Three years ago, Zee News Limited had laid a foundation of a tradition in the form of Ananya Samman. It remains our deep privilege to honour those who have toiled to bring about a positive change in the society and sacrificed for our security,” he said in chaste Bengali.
Minutes before, he made an entry to the venue with the CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharya who was the Chief Guest of the evening.
Das evoked the words of Surendranath Banerjea in honor of Raja Rammohan Roy to strike a caution note for the people that one must not forget the real heroes.
24 Ghanta is the foremost Bangla, 24*7 news channel. It will felicitate 12 outstanding personalities, including 7-Unsung Heroes, who became the pride of the state for their invaluable contribution.
All of the achievers were bestowed the ‘Ananya Samman’ at the ITC Sonar in presence of an august gathering.