Media veteran Rama Pandey was conferred with the Vishwa Vageshwari Samman given by the Vishwa Hindi Sahitya Parishad, for her immense contribution to the arts, in an event in Pune, on Wednesday. The award was given in presence of spiritual Guru Shri Shri Ravishankar, former President of India Dr. Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Maharashtra Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat among other dignitaries.
A multi- dimensional woman of caliber, Rama Pandey has served as a journalist with BBC Hindi, Voice of America, CBC Canada and Radio Netherland TV Centre Holland. Besides this, she has also acted in films, has written, directed and produced many TV soaps. She has been constantly working to help promote the Indian culture not only in India but also abroad. Her TV show Jaane Apna Desh is specifically about India’s forgotten heritage.
Rama Pandey says, “It’s an honour that I have been recognized for my overall contribution to art. I am using my experience in theatre, television and films to preserve the traditional arts. “I have recently started a foundation called RATNAV to protect the oral and folk art traditions of India. The idea is to give unconditional service to bring the folk artists involved in traditional oral arts before vast audiences,” she adds.
The Vishwa Vageshwari Samman is bestowed every year in recognition of the service in the field of art, literature, social service, journalism, education, health and cultural heritage. Many artists and scholars from all over India were present at the event to mark the extravagant celebration.
The co-recipients of the award include Justice Gyan Sudha Misra (Retd. Supreme Court), Dr. Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti (Sancheti Hospital), Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (Sulabh International), Dr. Harish Naval (Prof. Hindu College), Dr. Aruna Dhere (Marathi Author), among others.