Mumbai, Sep 3
The Lions Fempowerment Awards concluded on a high note at Rangsharda Auditorium, Bandra with the best women achievers of fields varying from Art & Entertainment to Corporate being felicitated for their accomplishments. The concept of Molecule Communications, Kiren Shrivastav CEO Molecule Communications said Fempowerment was conceptualized due to the need to provide India with more female role models. Fempowerment aims to shine the spotlight on women who have, against all odds, achieved success .
I have personally ensured the authenticity of the awards ensuring the process the right jury and trying our best to give awards to the deserving “ Fempowerment was brought to fruition in association with with CA Dhiraj Khandelwal (Council member of ICAI and Chairman of Women Empowerment Wing of Lions International district of Mumbai)
The jury for Fempowerment was chosen with the intention of constituting it from selection of the nominee’s peers, from vastly different professions and backgrounds to maintain a balanced viewpoint. The final jury consisted of Mr Ridham Desai (MD Morgan Stanley India), Shishir Joshi (Ex Editor TV Today group, Aaj Tak, and Mid-Day), Swanand Kirkire (National Award winning lyricist and recently seen on Satyamev Jayate), Arun Rangachari (Chairman DAR Capital and DAR Motion Pictures) , Abha Singh (Lead India Finalist and Director, Postal Services , Maharashtra & Goa), Rakesh Jain (CEO, Reliance General insurance) and Lion Raju Manwani (International Head, Lions Club International).
While at the event the guests and the nominees were enamoured by the performances of National Award and Filmfare Award winning Rekha Bhardwaj and Akriti Kakar who ended their performance with a never seen before live Jugalbandi to the foot thumping beat of “Damadam Mast Kalandar”.
The winners of Fempowerment Awards chosen after much deliberation were:-
1. Outstanding Achievement: Literature: Uma Vasudev
2. Outstanding Achievement: Fine Arts – Painting / Sculpting: Shuchi Krishan
3. Outstanding Achievement: Fine Arts – Performance: Daksha Sheth
4. Outstanding Achievement: Health & Science: Dr Firuza Parikh
5. Outstanding Achievement: Fashion & Design: Ritu Beri
6. Outstanding Achievement: Social Contribution: Kavita Gadgil
7. Outstanding Achievement: Sports: Jwala Gutta
8. Outstanding Achievement :Entertainment – Creative: Ekta Kapoor
9. Outstanding Achievement: Entertainment – Corporate: Zarina Mehta
10. Outstanding Achievement: Corporate: Shikha Sharma (MD & CEO, Axis Bank)
11. Lions Fempowerment Special Achievement Award: M.C. Mary Kom
At the award ceremony, renowned director Sudhir Mishra presented the Fempowerment Award for Outstanding Achievement: Corporate, while Mr Ridham Desai (MD Morgan Stanley India) presented the Fempowerment Award for Outstanding Achievement : Fine Arts (Painting/Sculpting). Mrs Abha Singh (Lead India Finalist and Director Postal Services, Maharashtra & Goa) presented the Fempowerment Award for Outstanding Achievement : Fine Arts (Performance).Mr Swanand Kirkire ( noted lyricist and national award winner ) presented the Fempowerment Outstanding achievement Social Service award .