Actress Vidya Balan Receives Prabha Khaitan Puraskar Award in Kolkata from Governor of West Bengal

Vidya Balan Receiving Award in Kolkata

Vidya Balan Award from Governor of West Bengal in Park Hotel Kolkata
Vidya Balan presented PRABHA KHAITAN PURUSHKAR by Governor M K Narayanan of West Bengal for gallant contribution in the field of cinema and her ceaseless charitable initiatives.

Kolkata, May 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio/ Penning Creations) The frenzied paparazzi engulfed Ms Vidya Balan at the Park Hotel in Kolkata as she looked ever more graceful and elegant donning an off white sari with only a pair of earring to accessorize it. The tide of photographers desperately tried to hold on to their positions in order to get the best view when she was making her way on stage. She was felicitated with a bouquet of flower and a shawl acknowledging her enormous contribution in the field of commercial and parallel cinema.

The Calcutta chamber of commerce graced the event with her opening speech eulogizing on the long history of the award that has been conferred to some great women who have made significant changes in the society with their selfless work and dedication for upliftment of the common masses, for example Medha Patkar, who was the first woman recipient of this award.

Shri M.K. Saharia, Chairman, Education and Award Committee were requested to conduct the further proceeding. He went on stating the illustrious prestige that is attached to the award and remorse about the declining position of the status of women in India marred by social evils like dowry death, domestic violence, female infanticide, rape which has plagued the image of India from time immemorial. He asserted that the recipients of this Prabha Khaitan award were truly deserving and the selection process is ‘meticulous’ and biasfree with a view to motivate the women to further their cause from various spheres of life and congratulated Vidya Balan for being the youngest receiver of this eminent award.
Sri Sundeep Bhutoria, Managing Trustee, Prabha Khaitan Foundation reminisced about his mother Prabha khaitan who will always be remembered as an independent thinker and a social activist striving to uphold the lofty human values and bringing to the fore the plight of the Indian women. He spoke at length about Vidya Balan enlightening the audience on how the actress slowly and subtly conquered the hearts of millions by her genuine performances and her philanthropic deeds dedicated for the downtrodden and the disenfranchised sections of the society. He stated that “Vidya Balan is not an actress of sought but an actress of excellence” whose characters portrayals have touched the human heart.

The honorable governor of West Bengal Mayankote Kelath Narayanan took great pride in the fact that he and Vidya balan both hailed from the same small town of Kerala and now belonged to Kolkata. The audience burst into a roar of applause and I could see Vidya Balan’s complacent smile and nodding in approval with the Governor. He also revered her and said that the ‘halo’ attached to her has not changed her with gaining abundance of wealth and recognition in her field and has still kept her grounded and motivated to work for humanitarian causes.

Vidya Balan in Calcutta

Vidya Balan and Alka Bangur
Vidya Balan and Alka Bangur

Vidya Balan Award from Governor of West Bengal in Park Hotel Kolkata

The mad rush of the photographers was witnessed again when Vidya Balan embraced the mike for her speech. She spoke eloquently and it was a heartfelt homily expressing her gratitude to everyone who thought she was worthy of receiving the award. At times she was so overwhelmed with the honor being conferred to her that she took some time off while speaking reflecting her bond with Kolkata and claiming that Kolkata is her second home and she always looks for an opportunity to spend time in the “city of joy”. She truly believes in the blessings of Kali Ma and wishes to come back here more often and also expressed her desire to act in good Bengali movies. Vidya Balan also commented to the media people to ‘uphold the tradition and respect’ that the award is bestowed with and said that she has bought few DVDS of recent Bengali movies to watch during her leisure time. With that the event came to an end with the President of Calcutta Chamber of Commerce, Smt Alka Bangur thanking the guests and the audiences for their participation and co operation.

Vidya Balan Award from Governor of West Bengal in Park Hotel Kolkata