The Sahyadri awards which began last year, are given to nine eminent
Maharashtrians in recognition of their excellence in their particular
field of interest.
The nine Ratna awardees this year are Prabha Atre (Music), Sumitra
Bhave (Films), Dr Ashok Kolaskar (Education), Jayadev/Rohini Hattangadi
(Drama), Dhanraj Pillay (Sports), Meena Seshu (Social Work), Sada
Dumbre (Journalism), Ahilya Rangnekar (Women achiever) and Gajanan
The nine-member jury who decided on the final list of Ratna awardees
included editor of Marathi daily Loksatta Kumar Ketkar, cricketer
Sandeep Patil and state director general information & publicity
Bhushan Gagarani to name a few.
Bollywood actor Hema Malini will inaugurate the awards, which will
be telecast on the Sahyadri channel on 1 May (from 4 pm to 7 pm).
Some of the popular shows on Sahyadri channel which went 24 hours
this month airs includeMahacharcha ,a live phone- in talk
show which discusses current topics, Ghatnachakra , Sahyadrichya
Paulkhuna and Chitrapat Khajina which showcases Marathi
Sahyadri Kendra has also undertaken the production of short stories
of Marathi, Hindi and Urdu literature.