BHUBANESWAR: It is not the number of people you impress, but the right people must be impressed and influenced by the noble work one does. “It was an intention to serve people which drove me into politics and subsequently, I became the first actor from the film industry to be a Cabinet Minister,” said senior BJP leader and actor Shatrughan Sinha.
Addressing a function on the occasion of Shrie Awards here on Saturday, Sinha said the magnitude of nobility is amplified when words match action. “Our culture and tradition teach us to respect and be familiar with our mothertongue which symbolises our identity,” he said.
“Sanskar comes from Matru Bhasa or mothertongue and ‘Vyavahar’ from Rashtra Bhasa. In Vyapar or business, foreign languages should be used,” the actor-turned-politician said and added that he was deeply connected to the Temple City as his father’s first name was Bhubaneswar and he has also named his house in Patna as ‘Bhubaneswar Nivas’.
The former Union Minister said, “Though I am not a Mantri (minister) today, I shall always remain a vigilant Santri (soldier) of the public. It is not my Mann ki Baat, but dil ki baat.”
Shire Awards ceremony was organised by socio-cultural organisation Parichay Foundation while celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday.
Noted sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra received the Shrie Guru award and former diplomat Amarendra Khatua bagged the lifetime achievement award. First visually impaired to qualify for Odisha Administrative Services, Sanyas Behera, received the award in field of social service.
Simililarly, Akshay Kumar Parija received award for business leadership, Dr Ramaraman Sarangi for medical science, Bimal Mishra for promoting Odia art and culture abroad, Manoranjan Mishra in media, Siba Prasad Parida fro environment conservation education, Chandrasekhar Rath in entertainment and Pramod Bhagat for sports.
A special mention award was bagged by Sanjat Kumar Mishra and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) received an award in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The award for entrepreneurship and innovation was given to founders of NestAway Technologies, Amarendra Sahu, Smruti Ranjan Parida and Jitendra Jagadev.Among others, Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Patsani, Bhubaneswar (North) MLA Priyadarshi Mishra and Founder of Parichay Foundation Rojalin Patsani Mishra were present.