Speaker: The Honourable Governor of West Bengal, Shree Keshari Nath Tripathi, Ms. Kavita Krishnamurti, Ms. Nafisa Ali, Namrata Sureka and Ms. Mitalee Chatterjee
Venue: Taj Bengal
Date: 24th March, 2018
The Ladies Study Group Charitable Trust Awards began with LSG executive secretary, Ms. Mitalee Chatterjee, welcoming all assembled guests.
President, Namrata Sureka in her welcome address expressed gratitude to the Governing Body, Committee Members, and LSG members for their support and participation throughout the year. She quoted, “Individually, we are one drop but together, we are an ocean.”
A short video depicting the events of the year was shown.
Ms. Madhulika Kanoria was inducted as new LSG President and Ms. Iti Dasgupta was inducted as Vice- President for 2018-19.
The resolution was proposed and approved. Ms. Mitalee Chatterjee announced the committee for 2018.
The AGM was terminated.
Award ceremony began with an opening performance-melodious rendition of ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ by musician duo Sourendro and Soumyojit, saluting the participants on stage from the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, The Calcutta Deaf and Dumb School, and girls from the NGO ‘Ektara’, for their bravery, courage and determination against all adversities.
The annual award 2017 themed “Saahas” of LSG Charitable Trust was given away by Hon. Gov. of West Bengal, Sri Keshari Nath Tripathy to courageous women who have shown exemplary courage against all odds.
Mallika Dey, the first recipient of Saahas award, who by her grit and determination overcame challenges. She began her journey with selling ‘batashas’, and now she is the only woman gas cylinder distributor in West Bengal.
Sadhana Mandal, the 2nd recipient of LSG Saahas award lost her arm in an accident. However, given her passion for stitching, is now team leader of 200 workers, guiding and motivating them in ‘Kantha’ embroidery.
Shanti Devi Khaitan Award instituted last year was awarded to Ms. Naheda Ali for her meritorious achievement in H. S, now pursuing B. Com (Hons) at Shree Shikshayatan College.
The Ladies Study Group collected and donated a sum of Rs. 40 lakhs to Thakurpukur cancer hospital for construction of mechanised kitchen for catering hygienic cooked meal to cancer patients. Gov. handed over the cheque to Mr. Anjan Gupta and Dr. Arnab Gupta.
Hon. Gov. in his speech applauded the commendable work of LSG. He interpreted ‘Saahas’ as the spirit to face any adversity and firm determination to rise against all odds. He cited examples of Rani Laxmibai, Mallala who had inherent quality of Saahas in them and they had the ability to endure. He enthralled the audience by reciting a self-composed poem.
Thereafter, an engaging interactive session was followed with Ms. Kavita Krishnamurthy, Padmashree awardee and playback singer and Ms. Nafisa Ali, actor and social activist. Mr. Manoj Mohanka moderated the session. Kavita Krishnamurthy’s journey of success began in Bengal and was helped by Bollywood Bengali playback singers like Hemanta Mukherjee, Manna De amongst others, which helped to earn her a footing at Mumbai film industry. She is true believer in destiny. Nafisa reiterated her heritage and Bengali roots. As an activist, she always believed in truthfulness and having an impact on society. Kavita Krishnamurthy tuned a few lines from her famous hits; our very own Usha Uthup also pitched in. The audience was mesmerised by the performance.
The event was followed by interaction of guests over a sumptuous layout of lunch by the Taj.