Saluting the Heroes of 2012, Sanjjanaa felicitate the Awardees
Online PR News – 06-November-2012 – Mapusa – Bajaj Discover presents Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards 2012, an initiative to recognise and award the heroism of those who have displayed outstanding courage in the fight against disease and disability, were held at Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bengaluru today. South Indian Actress Sanjjanaa presented the awards to the winners at a glittering ceremony that had over 600 people in attendance. It marked the 7th year of this initiative. Rajiv Bajaj was among some of the other dignitaries present at the event.
The winners of this year’s edition of the awards were selected by an eminent panel of jurists, comprising Members of Parliament Maneka Gandhi; Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi; Filmmaker R. Balki; Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj; and Dr Mukesh Batra, Padma Shri Recipient, Founder & Chairman, Dr Batra’s Positive Health Clinic. The awardees were Mr Boniface Prabhu, Dr Rajdeep Manwani, Mr. Ashwin Karthik and Ms. TJ Nivedita who exemplified what it takes to transform humans into heroes.
In addition to a short biographic film on each awardee, attendees at the award function were treated to scintillating performances by dance guru Shiamak Davar’s ‘Victory Arts Foundation’ troupe of specially-abled children.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mukesh Batra, Padma Shri recipient said: “The Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards salutes people with unyielding grit and unflinching determination, who have beaten the odds to overcome seemingly irrecoverable conditions and give back something commendable to society in their own way. The heroes selected this year have demonstrated that very strength of the human spirit. The Positive Health Awards honor this spirit and re-affirm Dr Batra’s commitment to health and positivity.”
Reiterating his support to the cause, Mr Rajiv Bajaj said: “The stories of these awardees will undoubtedly inspire and spread hope to others in the country. Having been associated with this initiative and witnessing the remarkable stories of strength and recovery of the awardees, I am honoured to be a part of this year’s ceremony.
About the Awardees 2012
Boniface Prabhu- Boniface Prabhu is one of the pioneers of wheelchair tennis in India and a guiding force for many wheelchair tennis players. He was born as a normal child, but a wrong lumbar puncture at a clinic left him partially disabled at the age of four. Boniface is ranked India's number one wheelchair tennis player, second in Asia and World number 24. He represented India 64 times till date in 6 disciplines – Discus Throw, Javelin, Shot Putt, Badminton, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Tennis. He is the first Indian Wheelchair Tennis player to have played at the prestigious US OPEN, BRITISH OPEN, FRENCH OPEN & AUSTRALIAN OPEN GRAND SLAMS. He is the 1996 World Wheelchair Games champion with two gold medals & one silver medal.
Dr Rajdeep Manwani - Dr Rajdeep lost his eyesight at the age of 14 due to macular degeneration. Dr. Rajdeep Manwani also known as the "Management Guru", is an academician, trainer, quizmaster par excellence and a great motivator. He is the world champion of international speech contest and is an active member of Bangalore Toastmasters club. He is a triple post graduate having completed his M.Com, MBA, M.Phil (with gold medal for topping the M.Com and M.Phil examinations) and also a Doctorate in Commerce on the topic Strategic Evaluation of Training in Commercial Banks. He has trained, motivated and mentored over 14500 students and executives over a span of sixteen years and received excellent ratings from his corporate and public sector clients such as Nokia Siemens, TCS, SBI, Britania, Sobha Developers, ATNT India, etc.
Mr Ashwin Karthik – Ashwin Karthik S.N is the first BE Graduate in India who has a condition of Cerebral Palsy–Quadriplegic, the severest form that affects all four limbs. Ashwin Karthik enjoys the distinction of securing the highest percentage ever scored by a student with cerebral palsy and receiving the National Scholarship for engineering studies, which is given to only one physically disabled student across India. B.E. in Computer Science, Ashwin is presently working with MphasiS, an HP company, as Delivery Software Engineer. Ashwin has received several awards some of them being The Helen Keller Award 2011 by National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and Shell and the Youth Excellence Award titled ‘Determination Icon of the Year’ by Yuva Bangalore
TJ Nivedita – Nivedita had severe brain damage due to a jaundice attack in her infancy. She had to undergo a surgery, which led to the loss of hearing and speech and left side spastic; retardation added to the agony. Her latent talent and inclination towards Bharatanatyam started kindling at a very tender age of 6. She used to enact dance by watching others doing it. Despite multiple disabilities she has mastered the skill with perfection and harmony, earning several accolades over the years. Nivedita made her debut stage performance when she was 8 years old. Since then, she has taken part in over 30 stage performances. Several leading artists have praised her about her performance.