Reported by Divya Mathur
London, 21 November ‘20: In the Annual Vatayan Award Ceremony on virtual platform, the Vatayan Life time Achievement Award was conferred on the eminent author and the Minister of Education, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and the International Vatayan Poetry Award was conferred on Manoj Muntashir in the presence of Dr Amish Tripathi, Minister (Culture) and Director, The Nehru Centre-London, Mr Virendra Sharma, MP, Anil Sharma Joshi, Vice Chairman of the Central Hindi Board-Agra, founder of Vatayan Divya Mathur and the Chairperson of Vatayan Mira Misra-Kaushik, OBE.
After a melodious Saraswati Vandana by British born Singer-Songwriter Reena Bhardwaj, the programme was superbly conducted by Dr Padmesh Gupta, Founder of the UK Hindi Samiti, Purvai and Director of the Oxford Business College, who also presented a powerpoint presentation on the activities of Vatyan since its inception in 2003. Dr Gupta said that honouring Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishankji is an honour and privilege for the entire Hindi community of the Europe.
Introducing Nishankji, MrJoshi said that Nishankji’, who is lauded for his role in shaping the new Education Policy-2020, has written over 75 books on many genres, Introducing Manoj Muntashir, Aditi Maheshwari, Managing Director of Vani Prakashan, said that Vani Prakashan has recently published Manojji’s book, ‘Ye Kitab Kyun’, which is based on some of the incidents that happened in his life. The credentials were presented excellently by the filmmaker and poet Dr Nikhil Kaushik and Titiksha Dand-Shah, founder of Kriti-UK.
Dr Amish Tripathi, whie congratulating Mr Pokhiryal and Mr Muntashir, also praised Vatayan’s regular and meaningful activities. He gave them an open invitation to hold their events at The Nehru Centre. The High Commission of India-London’s Frederick Pincott Award-awarded Vatayan has provided a strong platform to the international writers and art-enthusiasts engaged in literature and culture over the last 17 years. Despite the lockdown coming into force in April ’20, it has organized over 35 programmes until now, which could be a world-record.
Dedicating the award to his countrymen, Nishank ji said that that his writings are basically his respect for India and the Indian values; that it is an honor of that sense of nationality which has been the main inspiration in his life. Expressing gratitude towards Vatayan, Manoj Muntashir said that this honor is for everyone who thinks he comes from a small town; living in a small town does not mean that he cannot dream big.
Presenting the Vote of Thanks, Antareepa Thakur-Mukherjee, FRSA, the Managing Director of Akademi, explained the unfortunate absence of Vatayan’s Patron, Baroness Flather, who’s gotten ill and who conveyed her best wishes for the progamme. The programme was broadcast live on the Facebook of Vaishvik Hindi Parivar as well as MA TV; eminent Hindi scholars, artists and media personnel from around the world, were present.