SWA Awards 2020 presented to 15 winners in Feature Fil TV & Web series

Films ‘Article 15’ and ‘Soni’and ‘Gully Boy’ win big

Vishal & Rekha Bhardwaj and Varun Grover perform at the event 

The first ever SWA Awards 2020, organized by the Screenwriters Association, to felicitate screenwriters and lyricists was held yesterday and was a thundering success. Hosted by actors Varun Badola and Rajeshwari Sachdeva, the event focused mainly on the writers – with the jury members who are eminent screenwriters, directors and show creators themselves announcing the winners among almost 90 nominees in 15 categories in Feature Films, TV Shows, Web Series and Lyrics.

The evening exuded a lot of charm and a celebratory tone with several performers – Writer, producer and director Aatish Kapadia doing a comedy sketch on how the world generally behaves with writers, Writer and stand-up comic Varun Grover taking potshots at the Hindi film and television industry on the bizarre writing inputs and notes that screenwriters often receive; Poets and lyricists Shellee and Hussain Haidry doing a lyrical jugalbandi on the hardships and joys of being a writer and mentalist Akshay Laxman weaving his illusionary magic on audience members. The evening concluded with a soulful performance of two songs by singer Rekha Bhardwaj and screenwriter, filmmaker and composer Vishal Bhardwaj.

The first ever SWA Awards 2020 was held online and the buzz was palpable as the jury panels announced the awards in various categories.


The jury comprising of Anand Mahendroo, Ajai Sinha, Kamlesh Pandey, Liliput Faruqui, Manjul Sinha, Purnendu Shekhar and Sanjay Upadhyay announced the winners in the TV shows categories:

1. TV Comedy- Best Story: Nitin Keswani for Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

2. TV Comedy- Best Dialogues: Bhavna Vyas for Baavle Utaavle

3. TV Comedy- Best Screenplay: Aatish Kapadia for Bhakharwadi

4. TV Drama- Best Story: No Award

5. TV Drama- Best Dialogues: Preeti Mamgain for Mere Dad Ki Dulhan

6. TV Drama- Best Screenplay: Kartick Sitaraman for Mere Dad Ki Dulhan


The jury comprising of Ruchi Narain, Suhail Tatari & Sweksha Bhagat for Web Original Drama; Juhi Shekhar, Reshu Nath & Shiv Subrahmanyam for Web Original Comedy; and Anuraadha Tewari, Anuya Jakatdar & Ketki Pandit for Web Adaptation announced the winners in the Web Series categories:

7. Web Series- Best Original Drama: Richie Mehta & Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh for Delhi Crime

8. Web Series-Best Original Comedy: Devika Bhagat & Ishita Moitra for Four More Shots Please!

9. Web Series- Best Adaptation: Dhruv Narang, Nihit Bhave, Pooja Tolani and Varun Grover for Sacred Games – Season2


The jury comprising of Amit Khanna, Ila Arun, Kausar Munir, Mayur Puri & Panchhi Jalonvi announced the winners in the Lyrics categories:

10. TV/Web- Best Lyrics: Zama Habib for the song Ek Chup Tum, Ek Chup Main from the show Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein

11. Feature Films-Best Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir for the song Teri Mitti from the film Kesari


The jury comprising of Apurva Asrani, Ashwiny Iyer Towari and Leena Yadav announced the winner in the Best Gender Sensitive Script category:

12. Best Gender Sensitive Script: Ivan Ayr & Kislay for Soni

The jury comprising of Ashok Mishra, Atul Tiwari, Juhi Chaturvedi, Saket Chaudhary, Urmi Juvekar, Vijay Krishna Acharya and Vinay Shukla announced the winners in the Feature Films categories:

13. Feature Films- Best Debut Writer: Ivan Ayr & Kislay for Soni

14. Feature Films- Best Dialogues: Vijay Maurya for Gully Boy

15. Feature Films- Best Story: Anubhav Sinha & Gaurav Solanki for Article 15

16. Feature Films- Best Screenplay: Anubhav Sinha & Gaurav Solanki for Article 15

Several members from the board of Screenwriters Association spoke at the occasion – Robin Bhatt, president; Sunil Salgia, Gen Secretary; and EC members Satyam Tripathy, Shellee, Manisha Korde, Ketki Pandit and Anjum Rajabali.

About SWA

The Screenwriters Association (formerly Film Writers’ Association) is a trade union of screenwriters and lyricists who work for Films, TV and Digital Media in India. With a membership of over 20,000 writers, SWA safeguards the interests, rights, compensation and privileges of its members in all matters relating to their professional engagement and working conditions. It has been working for the last 60 years to get the Indian film and TV industries to acknowledge the central role of writers through collective bargaining, legal assistance, mediation and settlement of disputes and education.

” माळी ऑनलाइन वधू-वर
परिचय मेळावा “

पुणे- माळी समाजातील भारतातील पहिल्या ऑनलाइन वधू-वर परिचय मेळाव्याचे रविवार दिनांक ११ ऑक्टोबर २०२० रोजी पुण्यातून आयोजन करण्यात आल्याची माहिती मुख्य संयोजक रवि चौधरी यांनी दिली आहे.

सध्याच्या बदलत्या परिस्थितीत ऑनलाइन वधू वर परिचय मेळाव्याचे आयोजन करण्याची मागणी समाजातील सर्व स्तरातून केली जात होती, समाजातील सर्व घटकांना सामावून घेणाऱ्या ऑनलाइन वधू-वर परिचय मेळाव्यामुळे वेळेसह आर्थिकदृष्ट्या बचत होणार असून त्याचा लाभ समाजाला होणार आहे. 

अनेक पर्याया मधून आपला मनपसंत जीवनसाथी निवडण्याची सुवर्णसंधी या ऑनलाइन वधू-वर परिचय मेळाव्यातून मिळणार आहे.

या ऑनलाइन परिचय मेळाव्यात सहभागी होण्यासाठी

या लिंक वर नोंदणी आवश्यक. सहभाग घेण्याची अंतिम दिनांक ६ ऑक्टोबर २०२० आहे. झूम अॅप व रिश्ते धागे अॅपच्या (Android Mobile व Rishte Dhage App द्वारा वन टू वन Zoom मिटिंग) माध्यमातून ऑनलाइन संवाद साधण्यात येणार आहे.

महाराष्ट्रातील विविध माळी वधू-वर सूचक मंडळांचे सहकार्य घेण्यात येणार आहे.

मा आ कमलताई ढोलेपाटील, बाळासाहेब शिवरकर,दिपक कुदळे व श्रीकांत लखोटिया यांचे मार्गदर्शन आहे.

समाजातील सर्व थरातील व घटस्फोटीत विवाह इच्छुकांना नोंदणी नंतर सर्वाना प्रशिक्षण दिले जाणार आहे.

तरी समाजातील इच्छुकांची या सुविधेचा लाभ घेण्यात यावा असे आवाहन मुख्य संयोजक रवि चौधरी, पुणे यांनी केले आहे.




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Back in October for Mr. Bachchan’s diwali party, I wore a saree for the first time at a public event and the response was, lets just say, good (blushing!) 😊 I think people who thought of me as someone who only dressed casual or sporty changed their minds. Even I did. I always had a mental block that sarees were only for moms or brides. I was wrong! Now I am so happy to convert my new found love for sarees into a professional association. Wanted to partner with someone who shared my thought of making sarees exciting for each and every girl and woman out there!!! Happy to announce that I’m the brand ambassador of @julahaasarees and an active supporter of their cool initiative #MySareeMyWay that encourages women to express themselves through their drapes.
Their exquisite range of floral sarees and my personal favourites are now available on their website for you to style your way. ADD THEM TO YOUR CLOSET GIRLS!

Pareeniti Chopra







20200817_18074520200814_19353820200814_07433120200813_02594320200813_02334920200807_16235920200806_162027 20200804_15013120200804_13093620200803_144827 20200731_154316 1595403751255BHAANKAAM GOES LIVE

MARATHI SINGLE RELEASED BY BNK RECORDZ HONGKONG“BHAANKAAM BY KARTIK”: In this pandemic, this is the first Good News after a long time and especially for Maharashtra as a Marathi Single Rap song has been released by by Hong Kong based Music Company BNK Recordz.Ek dhon teen chaar paach Saowaa saath aaath (Samzhu zaala) vel (zaala bhala) samzhu Zaalu tuzza bhaankhaam are few of the lyrics by the Musician and Singer “Kartik”.Born and brought up in Bombay (now Mumbai), Kartik was all of 16 when he studied Music and started off with the Guitar.
After his 12th he moved to the United States and joined the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.During his time in the US, Kartik also had the opportunity of learning music at the Spokane Falls community college as a minor.I am currently based out of Hong Kong and am really excited to release my first Marathi Rap Single called as “BHAANKAAM”, I hope music lovers and listeners like it and show their love to the track.This is to be available on Youtube and also as an audio track which can be downloaded and shared and enjoyed.This track speaks about my journey and realistic experiences in India upon my return from the US.It is a Marathi Rap and I am sure the younger generation will enjoy listening to this groovy track.”Speaking about his current single BhaanKaam, the video was shot at the picturesque locations in and around Hong Kong and Kowloon.The video was shot, edited and finalized in a period of 25 days.The song has been written and sung by me, which was completed in a week’s time.When asked what next?Kartik excitedly quipped, “I am already working on my next single which is in Hindi and my company BNK Recordz based out of Hong Kong is looking at fresh talent from India to promote, be it singers, musicians or performers.”Kartik has always had another side to him which is “Kartik the Magician”. He was inspired by David Blaine White who is an American illusionist, endurance artist, and extreme performer. Kartik has performed magic shows at various shows in India, the US, Vietnam and HongKong mesmerizing the crowd and leaving them asking for more.Speaking to us Kartik mentions, “Yes I’ve been a musician longer than I’ve been a magician I started my music career quite early and I was jamming with a fiddle player and we would play at the bars later I started composing my own music I do play the guitar I sing and I do also play the sitar the Indian instrument.We would record my original music on the old school four-track and pass around our tapes amongst friends for them to play on their car stereo.”Signing off Kartik says, “Music and Magic travelled with me throughout the life – good and Bad – highs and lows! Shambho is the name of the lord Shiva the destroyer.Often used as a way to greet people in Maharashtra state of Mother India.So call me a Magician, Comedian and now rappper and musician.I’m like a portable love entertainment system”  Refelect, Release, Renew_July 26 to 2nd Aug (1) 20200714_110709MyMomentOfCalm goes LIVE on 26th July 2020

August 2nd, Dada J.P. Vaswani’s birthday, is celebrated as a Global Forgiveness day with 2pm designated as the Moment of Calm.In these stressful times, the Moment of Calm aims at bringing calm in the hearts of people through the power of forgiveness and positive inspired living.Mission is happy to introduce to you: #MyMomentofCalm
A Free 8-Day Plan for Inner Well-being
In the Comfort of Your Home
July 26 – August 2, 2020Hearts at peace will create world peace.
— Rev. Dada J.P. VaswaniMoment of Calm, a global peace initiative, is launching #MyMomentofCalm — an online 8-Day Self-Care Plan for Inner-Wellbeing from 26th July – 2nd August 2020.Themed as ‘Reflect! Release! Renew!’, the program includes a daily plan consisting of a meditation and powerful mind exercise for 15 minutes a day from the comfort of the home.Interested persons can join this free 8-day program.The last day for registration is 25th July.For children, a separate one-day program has been designed that includes a guided meditation & a Bookmark Challenge.The Moment of Calm initiative is inspired by spiritual Master Dada J.P. Vaswani.Didi Krishna Kumari, Sadhu Vaswani Mission, shares, “Times are indeed challenging.More than ever, initiatives that quell our fears, anxiety and restlessness are the urgent need of the hour.#MyMomentofCalm is one such effort that will help us strengthen our inner core.I call upon all to embark on this 8-day journey of inner wellbeing which concludes with the Moment of Calm, observed every year on our Beloved Master, Dada J.P. Vaswani’s birthday and birth time — 2nd August, 2 PM.Through this endeavour of self-healing; let us let go of our negative emotions and let inhaling, love and peace.On the final day, Dada’s 102ndbirthday, we shall all observe the Moment of Calm, to raise the collective consciousness and usher in an era of peace and healing.”ABOUT:
Moment Of Calm is a worldwide peace initiative that aims at bringing calm in the hearts of people through the power of forgiveness and love. It was started by Sadhu Vaswani Mission in 2012.It Calls upon one and all, young or old, to pause for 2 minutes on August 2 at 2pm to forgive, clear the heart of ill-feelings and send out vibrations of love to all. One can observe this Moment from wherever one is –the elevator, the gym, the office, the home, or anywhere. This en-masse act of forgiving can raise world consciousness and generate powerful vibrations that can envelop the whole planet with love and peace.The Moment of Calm has received tremendous support and enthusiasm from individuals from all walks of life, across the world including Morocco, UAE, UK, USA, Spain, India, Singapore,South America & South Africa. All are invited to join this growing wave of peace by visiting http://www.momentofcalm.org/joinThe Moment of Calm marks the birth time of a leading spiritual luminary of India –Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani. ‘The best giving is forgiving’ is one of his main teachings.Vidyanchal School announces winners for its 12th Annual

1594714017085Inter School Monsoon Drawing CompetitionArt does not just unify us — it physically benefits us, too.With endless benefits, art is almost a savior during the pandemic.Keeping this idea in mind, Vidyanchal High School conducted its12th Inter-school Monsoon Drawing Competition (2020-21) to a different level.The competition was conducted online to benefit maximum students.For the last 11years the event was restricted to Pune district.But, the call of the pandemic made them to think, in a broader way.This time they had a total number of 600 participants from 45 schools from all across Maharashtra.Live streaming of the results were done through Facebook & Zoom.This competition was for students from standards V to IXThe panelist to judge the event were-

Ms. Chetna Sudame, who is an Australia based artist and a visiting faculty at MIT ADT University and, Ms. Puneeta Ranjan, director of Taw Designs Pvt Ltd , a company dealing in art and architecture .
The prizes were sponsored by Ms. Anagha Kunte from Anna’s Baking Studio, Aundh.

The success of the event added feather to the cap of achievements of Vidyanchal High School, Aundh.12th Inter School Monsoon Drawing Competition
Winners List:

Std V

Ananya Navle
Dr. Kalmadi Shamrao High School, Pune
1stNandita Garad
Kashi Vishweshwar English Medium school ,Pune
2ndSourav Kumbhar
Ashwini International School ,Pune
3rdWinners Std VI
Uday Phadtare
Pune International School, Pune
1stAbhinav Lande
P.E.S. Maharashtra School ,Mumbai
2ndIra Daswani
Vidya Valley School, Pune
3rdWinners Std VII
Arnavi Zanwar
Dr. Kalmadi Shamrao High School,
1stPrasad Banait
BEACON High School, Pune
2ndRutuja Kumbhar
Ashwini International School ,Pune


Swara Gaikwad
B.P.E.S. High School ,Mumbai
1stHamza Bari
B.P.E.S. High School ,Mumbai
Jeeya Kumbhar
Ashwini International School ,Pune
Std IXAnmol Nautiyal
Vidya Valley School
1stVarad Honde
Dyaneshwar Balaji Murkute School , Pune
2ndNilesh Sahu
B.P.E.S. High School ,Mumbai
3rd  20200714_110709IDMS picture
IDMS – Germ Shield the New Hope for Hospitality Industry

: Amid the Covid crisis here is the news for the Hospitality Industry which will bring smile on their faces.Patented Technology of USA enters India under the Banner of IDMS.The launch was witnessed with the renowned names of Hospitality & Technology creating the new normal benchmark for safety of customers of Hospitality Industry at the National Secretariat of Hospitality Industry of India here in Pune.“It was one of the first technology driven anti microbial coating services which marks our company into the sector India has never seen earlier which is Technology & Science Based Facility Management Division which is poised to take Facility Management to the next level and is the utmost needy part of our new normal life,” says IDMS Chairman Manoj Tayde.Framed at Lower Priced Model on the square feet basis the application of product once applied on the surfaces of Hotel premises including Tables , Chairs , Desks , Front Office Areas , Rooms, Kitchen Premises, Dining Areas , Special Zones the product gives safety to customers from all types of virus protection for 90 days claims the organization.“The live demonstration given by IDMS Management to the witnesses with swab tests of before & after of the surfaces also gives confidence in Product and its activations. The molecular bond is formed on the surface and it instantly kills the germs giving utmost safety to customers,” adds Manoj Tayde.“This brings safety and happiness that greater technology has arrived which will ease the burden of Hoteliers in terms of safety of customers which is at the highest priority for any Hotel owner, this will give confidence to customers to enjoy Hotel facilities with highest security, it will also boost customer satisfaction and safety,” said Sanee Awsarmmel Chair Person – NUHII & HII.The Office has base in Maharashtra including Pune , Mumbai , Nagpur and is expanding in all corners of India. The team also has Mr. Karshan Dubariya as Director of the above Company & Mr. Utkarsh Khondalay as (Director Marketing) , Mr. Kapil Masirkar CEO, Mr. Mangesh Shahapurkar ( Director) , Mr. Kiran Kulkarni ( IIT Bombay (Channel Partner).The product is also effective on cars and two wheelers.Key Point : USA Patented Chemical & Approved by EPA (Environment Protection Agency) United States of America Testing done at Vidhan Bhawan Mumbai, Delhi Police, Maharashtra Police Satara, Collector Office Satara, Zilla Parishad Satara & many more corporate places too.
Mr. Utkarsh Khondalay, Director Marketing, IDMS, alongwith Mr. Kiran Kulkarni, MD – Airotek Group alongwith Shri Sanee Awsarmmel, Chairman Hospitality Industry of India witnessing the sanitization process.1594119711847 LPF continues its fight against COVID-19

Distributed food and essentials to over 1000+ families till dateIn the time of Corona virus, each passing day brings its own challenges about life and survival.With fear of day to day survival looming everywhere, having a roof and food over one’s head becomes a necessity. With things going out of hand and we are fearing another lockdown the Lila Poonawalla Foundation is going all out to take care of the underprivileged and downtrodden.Recently Mr. Firoz Poonawalla, Founder Trustee, Lila Poonawalla Foundation (LPF), with the support of its partner, Ansys Software Pvt. Ltd. distributed food grains to families of 150 LILA Girls who come from daily wage earners background and who are affected the most. The LILA Girls and their families were given one month of ration supplies, which would help the families to manage their basic survival necessity.“We have distributed daily needs like wheat flour, oil, rice, pigeon pea, yellow split gram, semolina, peanuts, flattened rice, jaggery, sugar, biscuits to150 LILA Girls and their families to last for more than one month.So far LPF has distributed essential grocery to 1000+ girls’ families and this work will continue till the situation gets to normalcy.” said Mr. Poonawalla.Inspite of his age of 84 years, he has been risking his life and tirelessly working to personally handover with love and affection sumptuous food grain kits to needy families.Mr. Rafiq Somani, Area Vice President – India and South Asia Pacific, Ansys said, “We have always been committed to making a difference in society and its larger interests. Ansys is happy to play a small but significant role by supporting the Lila Poonawalla Foundation in distributing food packets to the LPF scholars’ families, several of which are daily wage earners.We hope that this endeavour will help them to sail through these challenging times.We would also like to commend during this pandemic the Lila Poonawalla Foundation for their proactive work that will surely bring much needed relief to those in need.”1594046362459 A.K.International Tourism launches new gospel song ‘Tu Hi Hai’, gets a thumbs up

A.K.International Tourism launched their new gospel song ‘Tu Hi Hai’ a day before the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, which has been sung beautifully by popular gospel singer Shirin George.This melodious worship song has been music composed, penned and conceptualized by Dr. Amit Kamle, M.D (Russia), popularly known as A.K, Director of A.K.International Tourism and Founder of Glorify Christ.The song has been shot across the picturesque locales of Chicago, USA.This year marks the 5th Anniversary of Glorify Christ since its inception in 2016, under the umbrella of A.K.International Tourism, having created more than 50 gospel songs in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Punjabi, Assamese, Khasi, Nagamese languages and even in Hebrew.Glorify Christ is a complete non profit venture of A K International Tourism, who are specialists in organising the Holy land Tours of Israel, Jordan and Egypt and are venturing into Outreach program of the gospel through Gospel Music.“Glorify Christ is a musical platform for Gospel music across the globe. Creating worship songs is on our priority list. We are creating interesting worship fusion, sufi, ghazals, rock, pop and various other genres too. But currently we are focusing on Biblical Verse based songs”, smiles Dr. Kamle, who wears many hats – Doctor, Entrepreneur, Educationist, Consultant, Philanthropist, Globetrotter, Guide, Creative Director, Scenarist , Music Producer , Lyricist & now Music Director.Dr Kamle as a music composer has worked with prominent singers, namely, SP Balasubrahmanyam, Hariharan, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Shaan, Suresh Wadkar, Sudesh Bhosale, Keerthi Sagathia, Dev Negi, Divya Kumar, Abhay Jodhpurkar, Vijay Benedict, Vijay Prakash, Ash King and Cameron Mendes. Kamle directed gospel songs like Aardhana and Samay which featured Tridha Choudhury and Kamle’s daughter Adwita Amit Kamle in the lead respectively.A music aficionado, Kamle reminisces playing the Tabla in his school days, and even learnt to play the guitar.But his passion for music took a backseat for many years, after he went to Russia to pursue medicine. “I don’t have any formal training in music, but I create it with my heart and miraculously it touches the souls of the listeners. I am indeed in love, touched and inspired by Saint Paul’s writings”, says the humble doctor.Last month, they had launched the gospel song ‘Prarthana’ on World Environment Day to create awareness about the ill-effects of overpopulation, water usage, deforestation and climate change.“We have created 50 plus gospel songs as of now and God willing we wish to have more in the near future.We wish to collaborate with Indian as well as foreign artists be it singers, musicians, sound engineers, lyricists”, sums up Dr. Kamle.

A.K.International Tourism conducts pilgrimage and devotional tours of Israel, Jordan and Egypt for Christian believers.These tours are conducted twice a year based on the Jewish and Indian holiday calendars. The tour is a completely nonprofit one for us and gives us peace and connects us with Christ.IMG-20200702-WA0010

चित्रपट महामंडळाच्या ‘समारंभ आयोजन समिती’वर स्वाती हनमघर यांची सदस्य पदी निवड पुणे:-अखिल भारतीय मराठी चित्रपट महामंडळाच्या ‘समारंभ आयोजन’ समिती वर सदस्य पदी स्वाती हनमघर यांची निवड झाली.    अखिल भारतीय मराठी चित्रपट महामंडळाचे अध्यक्ष मेघराज राजेभोसले व संचालक संजय ठुबे यांच्या हस्ते पत्र देण्यात आले.   या वेळी स्वाती हनमघर म्हणाल्या,आज मला फार आनंद होत आहे मला माझ्या आवडीच्या क्षेत्रात काम करण्यासाठी मिळत आहे.नक्कीच मी या संधीला न्याय देऊन नवोदित कलाकारांसाठी या क्षेत्रात व्यासपीठ उपलब्ध करून देईल.महामंडळाचे ध्येय,धोरण व उद्धिष्ट तसेच घटना नियमास अधिन राहून महामंडळाकरिता जबाबदारीने काम करेल. तसेच मी समाजसेवा ,आरोग्य  या क्षेत्रात बरेच वर्षें काम करत आहे.  याप्रसंगी निर्माते प्रमोद पंडित,शुभांगी पाटील, पल्लवी तावरे यांनी शुभेच्छा दिल्या.

  IMG_20200701_105514ROUND TABLE INDIA –PSRT177 


In association with Jehangir Hospital
:  Round Table India is an organization of non-political and non-sectarian young members.The aim of the members is to promote service, fellowship and goodwill in national and international affairs. Pune based Round Table India – PSRT – 177 today felicitated over 50 doctors who are the actual frontline treating doctor’s for the COVID-19 positive cases on the occasion of the “National Doctor’s Day” at Jehangir Hospital.
Present at the occasion were Past Chairman Lalit Pittie and Rahul Wadhwa and Rishu Baweja the present Chairman of the RTI-PSRT-177. Also seen was Area Chairman Devesh Jatia amongst other dignitaries of RTI  at the function.
The function started with the lighting of the Traditional lamp by the Chief Guest, Mr. Jehangir who is the chairman of Jehangir Hospital along with other dignitaries, doctors and RTI members.
Rishu Baweja the Chairman of RTI-PSRT-177 felicitated Mr. Jehangir and gave certificates to the doctors and thanked them to be frontliners in the fight against the Pandemic and putting the lives of patients before their own.
Mr. Jehangir, the chairman of Jehangir Hospital said,“I am very happy with this gesture of RTI and thank them for this beautiful activity. I would also like to say that I would like to call my doctors as CORONA ANGELS and not Warriors as I feel they are doing a job of Angels by putting their own lives at stake and saving others.”
The function ended by a vote of thanks by the RTI Chairman.1593600812578 Lions Club, Bhosari felicitates Senior PoliceInspector Vivek Lawand and other Police personnel of Dighi Police Station for their service and awareness campaign of COVID-19Lions Club of Bhosari, Pune felicitates Senior Police Inspector Vivek Lawand and other Police personnel of Dighi Police Station for their service and awareness campaign of COVID-19Lions Club of Bhosari, Pune felicitatedSenior Police Inspector Vivek Lawand and other Police personnel of Dighi Police Station for their service and awareness campaign of COVID-19, at a simple function held at the Dighi Police station, in Pimpri Chinchwad on 1st July 2020.Lion Club, Bhosari, Pune also distributed Sanitization Equipments, Hand sanitizers, Face Masks, Face shield and other personal protective items for use by those working in the frontline in tackling COVID-19 and many containment zones..The Face masks and hand sanitizers were being distributed to limit the spread of COVID-19 while serving their jurisdiction. Hand sanitization equipment was placed at the Dighi Police station entrance and other areas. The hand sanitizers face shield and face masks were arranged by the members of Lions Club, Bhosari.Senior Police Inspector Vivek Lawand received these items from the President of Lions Club, Bhosari in presence of other Lion members and Police staff of Dighi Police station.  1593600812578IMG-20200630-WA0014 20200630_21433820200630_214338
पुण्याचा  विकास व नागरी प्रश्न सोडवण्यासाठी पंचसूत्री कार्यक्रमावर भर देणार -आबा बागुल 


पुणे महानगरपालिका काँग्रेस पक्ष गटनेते पदी माझी निवड करून माझ्यावर जो विश्वास टाकला त्याबद्दल काँग्रेसपक्ष अध्यक्षा  श्रीमती सोनिया गांधी,   खासदार राहुल गांधी, प्रदेश अध्यक्ष बाळासाहेब थोरात ,जेष्ठ नेते पृथ्वीराज  चव्हाण व अशोक चव्हाण,उल्हास पवार  आणि पुण्यातील पक्ष्याचे सर्व नेते पदाधिकारी,नगरसेवक यांच्याबद्दल कृतज्ञता  व्यक्त करतो १९९२ पासून सलग सहा वेळा मी काँग्रेस पक्षाचा नगरसेवक म्हणून निवडून आलो आहे, पक्षाने अनेक पदांची जबाबदारी माझ्यावर टाकली. 


या गेल्या २८ वर्ष्यांच्या अनुभवाचा फायदा पुण्याचा विकास आणि प्रश्न सोडवण्यासाठी नक्की होईल हा मला विश्वास वाटतो 
पुण्यात सत्ताधारी पक्षाने बहुमताच्या आधारे नागरिकांच्या हिता  विरुद्धचे निर्णय घेऊ नये याबद्दल मी दक्ष राहिलच याशिवाय काँग्रेस, शिवसेना व राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेस पक्ष यांच्या महाविकास आघाडीचे सरकार राज्यात आहे.


त्यांच्याकडून पुण्याचे नागरी प्रश्न सोडवण्यासाठी आणि विकास योजना राबविण्यासाठी मोठा निधी मित्र पक्षाच्या सहकार्याने राज्य सरकारकडून आणण्यावर माझा भर राहील.


पुण्याच्या पाच प्रमुख प्रश्नांबाबत मी विशेष जागृतीने व आग्रही भूमिकेतून काम करणार आहे.


पुण्याची कोरोना च्या पार्श्वभूमीवर  पुण्याची सार्वजनिक आरोग्यसेवा अधिक सक्षम करून पुणे सिटिझन्स हेल्थ ग्रीन कार्ड सारखी योजना राबविणे, इंदिरा संजीवनी झोपडपट्टी पुनर्वसन  योजनेस मान्यता घेऊन झोपडपट्या  आणि झोपडपट्टीवासियांचे सक्षम पुनर्वसन करणे , पुण्याच्या वाहतूक प्रश्नावर  रामबाण उपाय असणाऱ्या हाय कपॅसिटी मास ट्रानझिट रोड (एचसीएमटीआर) हा मूळ प्रस्तावित २४ मीटर चा एलेवेटेड मार्ग पूर्ण करून घेणे, तळजाई टेकडी पर्यावरण पूरक हरित कवच निर्माण  व्हावी यासाठी तळजाई विकास प्रकल्प राबविणे आणि जपानच्या जायका  कंपनीतर्फे पुरस्कृत मुठा नदी विकास प्रकल्प पूर्ण क्षमतेने व गतीने राबविणे.


पुणेकरांच्या दृष्टीने महत्वाच्या असणाऱ्या पाच बाबींवर  मी प्राधान्याने काम करणार आहे. या सोबतच कचरा व्यवस्थापन व  शुद्ध पाणीपुरवठा, प्रदूषण नियंत्रण आणि युवावर्ग  व महिलांना चांगला रोजगार आणि महिलांना सुरक्षित वातावरण याला देखील  काँग्रेस पक्षांच्या माध्यमातून मी प्राधान्य देणार आहे. 


पुणेकर नागरिकांचे मोलाचे सहकार्य मला लाभावे आणि पुणेकरांचे नागरी प्रश्न सुटण्यास व पुण्याचा चौफेर विकास गतिमान होण्यासाठी मी करणार असलेल्या कामास पुणेकरांचे आशीर्वाद मिळावेत हि भावना हे पद स्वीकारताना मी व्यक्त करतो.  

Rotary Club Pune plans several social and medical initiatives
Good News
Rotary Club of Pune Magarpatta is doing to help amputees where they have already donated 250 artificial legs and now are starting a new project with Noble Hospital to donate and help amputees above the legs.
Rotary Club of Pune Magarpatta City plans several social and medical initiatives
-Supports 250 below the knee artificial legs-
-Starts above the knee projects with Noble hospital to help amputees-
P Rotary is an organisation that needs no introduction, world over, Rotary International has helped humanity in many ways and made a difference.
Closer home, in our own city, Rotary Club of Pune Magarpatta City – RCPMC had its customary installation ceremony for the new Rotary year with a big difference, the entire ceremony was VIRTUAL in line with the in-covid times. Dr.Kuldip Charak took over the Presidentship from Rtn.Sunil Harpale while Rtn.Ravi Mishra took charge as Secretary of the club from Rtn.Manoj Rajol.
The ceremony was attended by District Governor Elect Rtn.Rashmi Kulkarni and PDG Rtn.Mohan Palesha and other dignitaries.
RCPMC has carried out significant and socially impactful projects, especially in the medical and social fields. They recently completed a global grants project where they provided artificial legs, specifically aimed to support “below the knee amputees” and brought smiles to the faces and families of over 250 beneficiaries.
Now, another medical project is being undertaken to help ‘’above the knee’’ amputees, in association with Noble hospital who supported the previous project also, with their expertise and facilities. Besides, timely support, such as masks donation, pedal operated sanitiser stations were part of RCPMC’s contribution during the current times. Speaking on the occasion, DGE Rashmi Kulkarni encouraged the club by expressing that RCPMC appears to be a vibrant club based on the work being carried out and felt confident that their very good work would continue during the coming year too.
Incoming President, Dr. Kuldip Charak reiterated the commitment of the club and assured that RCPMC would embark on multiple initiatives in the areas of education and skilling, medical, healthcare and societal impact. He firmly believes that Rotary is engaged in selfless service to society and RCPMC will continue to diligently focus its efforts on helping the underprivileged on a sustainable basis.
Fourth from L to R- Rtn.Anil Mishra,Secretary,Dr.K.S.Charak,President and Rtn.Sunil Harpale,Immediate Past President and ADG PP Anil Shitole
—L to R, Rtn.Anil Mishra,Secretary,Dr.K.S.Charak,President and Rtn.Sunil Harpale,Immediate Past President.



Relief to Anand Nagar Slum by Sadhu Vaswani Mission during this corona pandemic.




  • Sadhu Vaswani Mission undertakes a massive relief effort distributes 2100 ration kits in Anand Nagar, PimpriChinchwad Municipal Corporation biggest slum
  • 50 volunteers engaged in procurement, packaging and distribution
  • Additional Commissioner of PCMC, Ajit Pawar joins survey, planning and field inspection
  • Additional Commissioner of Police, PCMC IPS Ramnath Pokle lauds efforts
  • Mission will serve adjoining slum areas also including Ram Nagar settlement 

 Sadhu Vaswani Mission Pune commenced a two day seva of distribution of ration kits in the COVID hotspot, Anand Nagar slums; largest slum in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) area.

“We heard of the mounting need growing in the Anand Nagar slums, a COVID hotspot where the enforcement of a strict and severe lockdown was adding to the slum-dwellers woes. They couldn’t get to their jobs nor could they procure groceries for themselves. The moment we came to know that the dwellers were running out of food essentials, we got in touch with the authorities,” said an official of the Mission.

“We were then put in touch with the Additional Municipal Commissioner PCMC Ajit Pawar and he joined in the survey, and planning efforts. A detailed list of persons in every household was collected, the number of houses counted and a list prepared. Once we received the list that stated 2100 households, we began with the procurement and packaging,” he added.

The packaging, loading and distribution involved 2 days of efforts with a ration kit that included 5kg rice, 5 kg wheat flour, 2 kg dal, 1 kg pulse, 1 kg sugar, 1 kg poha, 1 ltr oil & 250 gms tea powder. Volunteers relentlessly carried out the seva to meet the demands as early as possible. The distribution began once protocols were met.

Before beginning the distribution, every household was provided with a coupon that they were required to present at the time of collection. Real-time software was also set up by the commissioner where the identity of every recipient was confirmed against the coupon provided. The slums have been divided into three zones where the distribution was carried out.

A medical team was also set up to monitor anyone who showed symptoms to avoid contact and make sure all protocols are followed. We received all support from the Police Department and Local Corporation to ensure smooth distribution.

Additional Commissioner of Police, PCMC IPS Ramnath Pokle said, “The Mission has executed an excellent timely work in the supply of rations to the needy and poor of the Anand Nagar slums.” Additional Commissioner PCMC Ajit Pawar appreciated the efforts.

50 volunteers have been engaged in the massive effort to meet the needs of 2,100 households. The Mission is now continuing to reach out to micro-contained areas in PCMC in coordination with the authorities.


श्री. आबा बागुल
गटनेता, काँग्रेस पक्ष ,पुणे महानगरपालिका
मा. उपमहापौर, पुणे
नगरसेवक, पुणे महानगरपालिका
प्रतिनिधी, महाराष्ट्र प्रदेश काँग्रेस

ट्रान्सफार्मर व एमएसएबच्या केबल बंद पडल्यामुळे निम्मे पुणे पाण्याअभावी
स्मार्ट सिटी म्हणवणाऱ्या पुण्यातील भारतीय जनता पार्टीची शोकांतिका – आबा बागुल

पर्वती जल शुद्धीकरण केंद्रातील ट्रान्सफार्मर व केबल बंद पडल्यामुळे संपूर्ण दक्षिण पुणे व परिसराचा पाणीपुरवठा बंद झाला आहे.

कोरोनाला नागरिक धीराने तोंड देत असताना अशी आपत्ती येणे हि दुर्दैवी बाब आहे.

पुणे स्मार्ट सिटी बनले आहे.

असा धिंडोरा पिटत असताना वस्तुस्थिती किती विधारक आहे याचे हे चित्र आहे.

. पाणी पुरवठा वेळेत सुरु झाला नाही तर नागरिकांनी करायचे काय ?

हा प्रश्न अतिशय गंभीर आहे त्यासाठी शहरातील सर्व पंम्पिंग स्टेशनकडे एमएसइबीच्या केबल लाईन दुहेरी असणे अत्यंत गरजेचे आहे.

अशा आपत्तीना तोंड देण्यासाठी एमएसीबीच्या दुहेरी केबल टाकण्याची व बॅकअपसाठी येथे जेनरेटरची तरतूद करावी लागेल .

यासाठी यामध्ये पुणे महानगरपालिकेच्या आयुक्तानी लक्ष घालून अशा आपत्कालीन संकटांना तोंड कसे द्यायचे याची भविष्यात आखणी करावी व अश्या प्रकारे पुणेकरांना आकस्मित संकटांना सामोरे जावे लागू नये पाण्याच्या लाईन बरोबरच सुएज ट्रीटमेंट लाईनला देखील एमएसबीची दुहेरी केबल लाईन असणे गरजेचे आहे.

जेणेकरून अश्याप्रकारे संकट आल्यास त्वरित दुसऱ्या लाईनवर टर्न्सफार्मर लगेच सुरु होतील व पुणेकरांना अश्या संकटाना सामोरे जावे लागणार नाही. तसेच पर्वती जलकेंद्रातील बंद पडलेली एमएसइबीची लाईन लवकरात लवकर सुरु करण्यासाठी प्रयत्न करावे असे संकट पुन्हा ओढवू नये यासाठी महापौरांनी खबरदारी घ्यावी असे काँग्रेस पक्षाचे गटनेते आबा बागुल म्हणाले
अंदाजे ५० लाख लोक संख्येचे पुणे असताना एक एमएसीबी ची लाईन बस्ट झाल्याने अर्ध्या पुण्याचा पाणी पुरवठा बंद होतो.

जर १५ दिवस हा संकट ओढवले तर पुणे शहर कोणाच्या भरवश्यावर राहील याचा गांभीर्याने विचार करण्याची गरज आहे.

स्मार्ट सिटी बनवत असताना या सगळ्या गोष्टींची खबरदारी घेणे गरजेचे आहे असे आबा बागुल शेवटी म्हणाले


Information on the 12 Annual Monsoon Drawing Competition organized by Vidyanchal High School Aundh.


Open for students from classes V to IX from across Maharashtra..


The entry is FREE of cost and to be judged by acclaimed artists Puneeta Ranjan and Chetana Sudame.


Last date for sending entries is 4th July 2020.


Winners would receive trophies, certificates and gift vouchers for a book store

Inviting entries for the 12th Inter-School Monsoon Drawing Competition

Lets beat Covid-19 with a Splash of Colors

International Fame Artist Puneeta Ranjan to judge the entries

 Pune based Vidyanchal High School is inviting entries for its 12th Annual Inter School Monsoon Drawing Competition. The corona virus may be with us for a long time but we are learning to live with it rather than hope to vanquish its threat.

With this thought, this year we plan to conduct the drawing competition in a new way where students bring out their creativity from home.  Let us beat the pandemic with the Splash of Colors and a dash of creativity.

“Last year we received 400 entries from various Schools from across the city and this year we are hopeful to increase that number.  We are reaching out to schools from across Maharashtra and plan to make this event bigger and grander” said Sunita Phadke, Principal Vidyanchal High School.

The competition is open to all schools from across Pune and Maharashtra for students of classes V to IX

We are happy to announce that we have got on board acclaimed Artists Puneeta Ranjan and Chetana Sudame to judge the entries this year which will encourage students.  The top 3 winners will get a 1-1 session with the Artist where she will explain to them about the finer nuances of painting commercially and to make it as a career.





Sadhu Vaswani Mission works with civic and police officials of Anandnagar Pimpri to provide the hunger-stricken area with dry rations.

LIVE Updates from Anand Nagar, the worst-affected slum area in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Sadhu Vaswani Mission works with civic and police officials to provide the hunger-stricken area with dry rations.

*Meeting with Additional Municipal Commissioner – Mr Ajit Pawar of PCMC drawing out a plan for Distribution

Vehicles carrying ration kits from *Sadhu Vaswani Mission arrive. 4000+ ration kits will be distributed.

*The administration capturing pictures and verifying identity on real time software for complete transparency

*Police lady officers guide

* Distribution of ration kits has started now. 4000+ ration kits will be distributed. The distribution is expected to run through the night as the entire Anand Nagar is covered.


जगतगुरु संत तुकाराम महाराजांचा 335 वा पालखी प्रस्थान सोहळा यंदा कोरोनाच्या सावटाखाली (Palkhi Prasthan Sohala 2020) साजरा होत आहे.

कोरोनाच्या संकटामुळे यंदा पायी वारी सोहळा रद्द करण्यात आला आहे.

मात्र सर्व प्रथा परंपरांचे पालन केलं जात आहे.

खासदार श्रीरंग बारणे यांच्यासह तहसीलदार आणि मानाच्या 50 वारकऱ्यांच्या उपस्थितीत या सोहळ्याला सुरुवात झाली.

सोशल डिस्टंन्सिंगच्या नियमांचं पालन करत वारकऱ्यांनी टाळ मृदुगांचा तालावर ठेका धरला.

मोजक्याच वारकऱ्यासोबत ज्ञानोबा तुकोबांच्या जयघोषात देहूनगरी दुमदुमलीही.

मोजके वारी विवेकाची पताका खांद्यावर घेत, वारीची परंपरा जपताना दिसत आहेत.

दरवर्षी इंद्रायणीचा काठ हा लाखो वारकऱ्यांनी गजबलेला असतो.

इंद्रायणीत स्नान करत विठूनामाच्या जयघोषात तल्लीन होत असतात.

पण वारकऱ्यांनी गजबलेला इंद्रायणीचा घाट यंदा शांत आहे.

कोरोनाच्या सावटामुळे पायी वारी सोहळा होणार नसल्यानं वारकऱ्यांच्या मनात दुःख आहे.

मात्र, वारकरी संप्रदाय हा कायम विवेकाची कास जोपासत आला आहे.

त्यामुळं यंदा सगुण वारकरी करण्याऐवजी वारकऱ्यांनी निर्गुण वारी करत एक झाड लावून पर्यावरण रक्षण करावं, असं आवाहन सोहळा प्रमुख माणिक महाराज मोरे यांनी केलं आहे.

कोरोनाच्या सावटाखाली होणाऱ्या पालखी प्रस्थान सोहळ्याच्या पार्श्वभूमीवर आज देहूमध्ये मोठा पोलीस बंदोबस्त ठेवण्यात आला होता.

देहू गावच्या सीमा सील करण्यात आल्या आहेत.

देहूमध्ये कलम 144 लागू करण्यात आलं आहे.

मंदिराचंही निर्जंतुकीकरण करण्यात आलं आहे.

तसेच कोण कुठे थांबेल याचे मार्किंगही केलं होतं.

संत एकनाथ महाराजांच्या पालखीचा प्रस्थान सोहळा

तर संत एकनाथ महाराजांच्या पादुका पालखीचे अध्यात्म नगरी पैठण शहरातून प्रस्थान सोहळा पार पडला.

कोरोनाच्या सावटाखाली मोजक्या वारकऱ्यांच्या उपस्थितीत पालखीचे प्रस्थान झाले.

दरवर्षी पालखी प्रस्थान सोहळ्याला लाखो भाविकांची उपस्थिती असते.

एकनाथ महाराजांची पालखी समाधी मंदिरात विसावली.

या मंदिरात पुढील 18 दिवस पालखीचा मुक्काम राहणार आहे.

त्यानंतर आषाढी एकादशीला मोजकेच मानकरी वाहनाने नाथांच्या पादुका पंढरपूरला रवाना होणार आहे.

उद्या ज्ञानेश्वर महाराजांच्या पालखी प्रस्थान सोहळा

दरम्यान उद्या (13 जून) ज्ञानेश्वर महाराजांच्या पालखी सोहळ्यास आळंदीतून पालखी प्रस्थान होईल.

मंदिरातून पादुकांचं पालखीतून प्रस्थान होणार आहे.

मंदिराला प्रदक्षिणा घालून पालखी माऊलींच्या आजोळ घरी जाईल.

या सोहळ्यास मंदिर परिसरात केवळ 50 वारकऱ्यांची उपस्थिती बंधनकारक असेल.

यानंतर दशमीला पुढील निर्णयानुसार पालखी पंढरपूरला प्रस्थान (Palkhi Prasthan Sohala 2020) करेल.





Sadhu Vaswani Mission starts new seva in Pimpri during Corona Pandemic

A plateful, a plentiful!
Fresh, Hot Meals Served at Pimpri!

*Sadhu Vaswani Mission eyes a need and increases it’s seva effort to fulfill it

* 500+ daily meals to Indryani Nagar slums, Pimpri

*The Mission also distributed Tarpaulin sheets (waterproof material) to 25 hutments families, as heavy rains damaged their current roofs.

*Serving even in heavy rains during the cyclone period of 3rd and 4th June with our #CoronaWarriors, the volunteers
Sadhu Vaswani Mission, in collaboration with Attukal Devi Trust and Sabarimala Ayyappa Seva Samajam, has undertaken to serve dinner to nearly 500 slum-dwellers at Indryani Nagar, Pimpri.

This is in addition to the regular sevas the Mission is conducting during the corona pandemic including ration kits and hot meals to shelters.

“The Trust members reached out to us and told us of the need for dinners that has arisen in the slums at Indrayani Nagar, Pimpri. Although we agreed immediately, the logistics of delivering food daily from Pune to Pimpri seemed difficult given the idea that the Mission wishes to serve hot-meals.

We therefore came up with a suggestion of setting up a kitchen at the temple,” said an official of the Mission.

“The Trust agreed immediately and volunteered to cook meals daily. About 10 volunteers from the Trust are engaged in the cooking.

We provided them with all cooking essentials; dals, pulses, rice, vegetables, and spices and condiments.

On the first day, dal rice was prepared. For the following days, the Trust being South Indian plans to cook varieties of rice and bring to the slum-dwellers plates delicacies from the South,” continued the official.

The packing and distribution of the meals is carried out by 5 volunteers of the Mission with help from the temple volunteers.

Food was also served to the homeless on the streets in that area. 500+ meals on average are being served daily.

The heavy rains and cyclonic weather of 3rd and 4th June did not deter the volunteers.* Remarked a female volunteer, “It feels awesome. Due to heavy rains, the slum dwellers could not cook food. They were all waiting for our food to come. They were telling us that we are God for them (Aap Bhagwan ho)*.”

Rain or shine, the seva arrangement initially for a week, will continue until the need remains.


future of homes –first of its kind ebook in HOME category to be formally unveiled.

20 industry stalwarts sharing their rich wisdom through authored articles

Pl Home is where the heart is, Home is a feeling, there is no place like home, work from home, it is HOME all the way,says Mr. Mahesh M, CEO Creaticity and Convenor- Home &Home plus Conclave 2020.HOME encompasses furniture,furnishing,décor and no time is more relevant than now to understand what Industry captains think about the future of this category as people learn to appreviate their homes better than ever.

Everyone is using the term NEW NORMAL.What does it mean if you are a home manufacturer, marketer, retailer, designer or technologist associated with this beautiful category called “HOME”.

If you are eager and curious, then please attend the finale webinar of the Home & Home plus digital conclave on Friday 5th June at 530 pm where we will unveil the #future of homes via an ebook,with contributions from 20 Industry stalwarts from varied backgrounds and collective wisdom of 500+ years.

Contributing authors include veteran leaders from Godrej Interio, Ikea, Pepperfry, @home, Ashley furniture to name a few.Ofcourse,there is much more in store during the webinar where the NEXT NORMAL will be discussed and views taken from these contributing authors on what they envisage in the coming times.

The full list of contributing authors include

· Anil Mathur Mahesh M

· Ankur Bisen Mahesh Shah

· Ashish Shah Manish Parekh

· Asim Dalal Mona Sharma Menon

· C.K. Nair Nitin Bahl

· Dr.GibsonVedamani Pratap Jadhav

· Govind Shrikhande Rajesh Mahajan

· Karan Jethwani Robin Lim

· Kavitha Krishna Rao Samir Patel

· Kirit Joshi Tanay Agarwal

While we are all coming to terms with living life in a new way, we felt that it is important to gather such valuable thoughts and insights from Industry leaders and share these with the stakeholders of the community in a meaningful manner. We are dedicated to the art ,science and heart of making homes what they are,and this is a small way to contribute to knowledge sharing says Mahesh.M,CEO-Creaticity while inviting all stakeholders to draw some inspiration from the thoughts contained in the ebook.

Friday, 5th June 2020

Timing:530 – 645 pm












EID MUBARAK – Sadhu Vaswani Mission serves to 1050 needy Muslim families on May 24, 2020

, as the crescent moon appeared in the peaceful night sky and spread its silvery, cool moonlight and announced the auspicious festival of our Muslim brethren — Eid-Ul-Fitr, millions of hearts joined in a prayer.

Joining in the festivities was Sadhu Vaswani Mission.

Volunteers at the Mission headed out with love to make the evening special for over 1050 Muslim families. Dates, bananas and rose milk were distributed with a warm ‘Eid Mubarak’ on their lips.

“The police officials informed us of 930 needy Muslim families at Tadiwala Road who were looking at a bleak Eid. But God willed otherwise; He wanted to make it special, He wanted to make them feel loved,” said an official. “We started the packaging immediately. To make it significant and customised, we included 1ltr bottle of Rooh Afza Sherbat, 1ltr milk, sevaiya, sugar, dates and 6 bananas in each plus an addition of 3kg rice, 1 kg dal and 1ltr cooking oil,” he added.

“The distribution was completed in 3 hours. Starting at 5:00 pm we were done by 8:00 pm. Also the area being a containment zone, our vehicles stood at the entrance while the lane in-charges under the supervision of police authorities collected the items from us.

50 volunteers were engaged in the seva and about 7 vehicles handled the logistics. Although we had a list of 930 families, we ended up distributing kits to 1050 families” he added.

“Their joy knew no bounds! They were thrilled and overwhelmed at the gesture,” said a volunteer.

“In pandemic times, this festival brings in a ray of hope; it spread the much-needed positivity. We were all smiles!” remarked another volunteer.

When times demand social distancing, hearts were closer than ever before!

Religion, let us talk of it less and practice more

—    Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani


Punyadham Ashram’s Humanitarian Service During Corona Pandemic

Pune-based Punyadham Ashram believes “Giving hands are better than praying hands!” and has always put it into practice.

As a small effort to the fight against the Corona pandemic, every little contribution makes a difference. From the beginning of the pandemic a number of goodwill activities have been conducted by the ashram.

Cloth handmade 3 ply masks with the specifications of WHO are being stitched by local women’s self-help groups, whereby Ashram provides them with the best quality cotton fabric.

They are very happy to earn a respectable livelihood and be gainfully occupied during the lockdown.

“To date more than 44,000 masks have been gifted to various Govt. & Army Hospitals – Sassoon Hospital, Pune Cantonment Hospital, Poona Hospital, Kashibai Navale Hospital, Desai Eye Hospital, AFMC, Police personnel, Leprosy Home, Sadhu Vaswani Mission, Mukul Madhav Foundation and other NGOs. 500 PPE suits and 500 KN 95 masks have also been purchased for distribution to hospitals”, says Maa Krishna Kashyap, Chairperson.

Thousands are dying of hunger and Maa Krishna feels that ‘For the hungry… Food is God!’

In the beginning more than 100 families in and around the vicinity of Kondhwa-Pisoli were gifted ration kits.

Now more rations have been procured for distribution as kits for another1000+ families to sustain them for a month.

The local Police personnel are extremely helpful in locating the most affected families and distribution of ration kits.

The condition of migrant workers is also pathetic and they are all travelling with hungry stomachs.

To relieve their suffering to some extent Maa decided to provide wholesome ‘ready-to-eat’ meal packets plus a mask to each of them.

“The distribution of these packets to reach the needy and famished migrant workers who were fortunate to travel by train, was possible only because of the selfless help from the Police Dept.”, adds Maa.

All this humanitarian service has been possible under Maa’s able guidance and unending motivation with the hard work and dedicated efforts of Punyadham residents and the staff.

“We are also extremely grateful to the valuable contribution of our well-wishers from far and wide who come forward with their unconditional support towards these noble social welfare initiatives”, says MaaS


Since the announcement of domestic flights from May 25 and train services in June, people in Pune have been wondering how they can travel to Pune railway station or Pune airport.
Pune police has partnered with City Glide auto and 130 auti rickshaw have been made available for various services you don’t have to pay extra fair but pay the fare as per meter.
Total of 350 auto are made avail to help people commute within PMC  limits
All autos are running as per meter only.


Coronavirus Pune: PMC launches mobile lab for testing in containment areas –

· The civic body on Wednesday signed an MoU with the Krishna Diagnostic Centre, which has made available the fully equipped, AC mobile labroratory bus for diaognastic services.

The lab has facilities for COVID-19 sample collection , an instant X-ray machine, blood tests, blood pressure check facility, etc.
PMC has already increased testing samples per day.

It has reached over 1,000 tests per day.

The civic body has arranged clinics, testing centres at sxchools in containment areas.

















Manjeet Singh Virdi



Guruji Da Langar


Shaina NC, Amayra Dastur and Manisha Koirala rejuvenate at Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat

L-R Shaina NC with Manisha Koirala at Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat

L-R Amayra Dastur with Shaina NC at Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat
Shaina NC, Amayra Dastur and Manisha Koirala rejuvenate at Mercure Goa Devaaya Retrea

Shaina NC, Amayra Dastur and Manisha Koirala recently visited Bollywood’s new getaway- Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat, an exquisite property dedicated to traditional healing to rejuvenate and escape from the city life.

Situated on the serene Divar Island on Goa’s beautiful Mandovi River, Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat offers authentic Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Yoga treatments with international hospitality standards.

Modern medicine is mainly aimed at symptomatic treatment and removal of the causative organism or toxin by some medicine, but the traditional ancient systems correct the imbalance of different energy principles in the human body.

Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat is where the healing is done by the surroundings nature. The property has created a niche for itself by being one of its kinds in offering rejuvenating experiences to guests.

Ace fashion designer, and BJP spokesperson Shaina NC is a frequent visitor at the Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat.

Post her recent visit with Amyara Dastur and Manisha Koirala, she said “she has never felt fitter, healthier, and happier after the rejuvenating experience at the Devaaya Retreat.

She goes on to add that the traditional healing practices performed at the retreat combined with satvik meals and being surrounded by nature truly refreshes you from within. A must visit for all health enthusiasts”.

The Ayurvedic and Naturopathy remedies offer holistic healing which promotes a healthy lifestyle along with positive and wholesome approach.

The Ayurvedic treatments such as Panchkarma, Pizhichil, Shirodhara, etc. help in healing ailments such as Joint Pains, Arthritis, High Blood Pressure, Stress-related disorders, among others; while Naturopathy remedies help in healing ailments such as Obesity, Spondylitis, Hypertension, Abdominal Disorders, Sinusitis, etc.

Actress Manisha Koirala who also visited this premium rejuvenating retreat said, “it’s eye-opening to see how therapeutic it is to indulge in all the Ayurvedic treatments, naturopathy and holistic Yoga practices. It was absolutely refreshing to bond with nature and have great company who think the same”.

These traditional healing practices are carried out by the highly skilled doctors, vaidyas & therapists. A personalised treatment plan is made for every guest considering each patron’s condition.

Amyra Dastur, young Bollywood actress who considers Devaaya Retreat a hidden gem of Goa said, “I couldn’t be happier to have been introduced to Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat.

The traditional healing practices, therapeutic Yoga sessions, satvik meals, and naturopathy therapies; all in the lap of nature with immaculate hospitality standards make it perfect for all those who are looking for that natural healing and rejuvenating experience.”

Being located within the lap of nature and by providing natural therapies has made this retreat a prominent and known name among several celebrities.


Food Delivery Chain Biryani By Kilo donates 40,000+ meals during the coronavirus pandemic

Food Delivery Chain Biryani By Kilo donates 40,000+ meals during the coronavirus pandemic

: Biryani By Kilo [BBK] India’s most premium biryani and kebab chain, known for delivering freshly dum-cooked handi biryani, has donated 40,000+ fresh lunch meals from all the operational stores in NCR and is also donating locally to limit transportation during the pandemic.

The meals were donated to public health institutions, police forces, migrants and NGOs to help the frontline workers in their fight against the virus.

Commenting on the initiative, Biryani by Kilo Co-founder, Vishal Jindal said, “We believe that nobody should ever have to miss a meal during this challenging Covid-19 emergency. Our customers who are part of the cities we serve are at the heart of everything we do and now, more than ever, we want to make sure we care for and cherish them during this time.

.I am proud of our team for stepping up and supporting our community in such a meaningful way.”

Biryani By Kilo as a regular practice used to do food distribution on every Thursday from all their outlets. Biryani BY Kilo is currently delivering in Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Pune, Jaipur, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Mohali, Raipur, Dehradun, Kanpur & other outlets–

To support the cause further, BBK has launched a campaign “BBK Cares” wherein all the customers can further contribute & support BBK to keep giving them food to all the needy ones.

Biryani by Kilo is focusing on contactless delivery, digital payments, sanitization of delivery bags before every delivery, sanitization of kitchen every hour and in providing tamper-proof seal on every bag. BBK also screens the temperature of every member of BBK before entering the kitchen & Delivery riders.

Also, BBK is probably the only Biryani chain to make Fresh Dum Biryani individually for every order, and deliver Biryani in the same Handi in which it was Dum cooked to ensure freshness, hygiene & safety. BBK has trained its delivery experts to undertake contactless delivery.

BBK is a premium biryani chain founded in 2015 by two veterans in the hospitality business, Kaushik Roy and Vishal Jindal, and is focused on Nizami and Mughlai style biryani and other complementary products such as Kebabs, Kormas, Bread, and Desserts.

Hyatt Regency Pune & Residences_Atul Dhonde_Director of EventsHyatt Regency Pune & Residences Appoints Atul Donde as the Director of Events

Hyatt Regency Pune & Residences is pleased to announce the appointment of Atul Donde as their new Director of Events.

Atul brings with him a rich 11 plus years of experience in the Hospitality industry and he has done his Diploma in Hotel Management IHMES, United Kingdom.

Atul has varied experience in different industries. Starting his career with an International Fund Management company, his first Hotel assignment was with Hilton Hotel – Isle of Man in UK.

He has since worked with renowned hospitality brands like Hilton, Ramada, Marriott and Hyatt in India & abroad. Prior to joining Hyatt Regency Pune & Residences, Atul briefly ventured into setting up a catering business capitalizing on his insights as the Associate Director of Events at Grand Hyatt Goa.

He brings with him varied experience & a wealth of knowledge.

In his new role at Hyatt Regency Pune & Residences, Atul will be responsible for managing operational and administrative functions to ensure the projects are delivered efficiently along with monitoring the progress of the planning and execution of each task that has to do with any event at the hotel.

Speaking about his new role, Atul Dhonde said, “I am elated to be a part of the team at Hyatt Regency Pune. I believe my experience and sound knowledge of the industry will help me enrich the execution of events at the hotel”.

Atul takes keen interest in swimming and playing snooker in his leisure time.

DoubleTree by Hilton Pune Chinchwad takes up the initiative to help intimes of COVID-19 pandemic
DoubleTree by Hilton Pune Chinchwad takes up the initiative to help in times of COVID-19 pandemic

Amid widespread concern regarding the growing threat of coronavirus, DoubleTree by Hilton Pune Chinchwad is serving the community at large in times of this lockdown in the country

As our frontline warriors wage their battle with the pandemic of Coronavirus outbreak, DoubleTree by Hilton, Pune – Chinchwad isn’t far behind in delivering the light and warmth of hospitality as they distributed specially packaged packets of food to the hard-working professionals and the needy in Pimpri Chinchwad.

With limited resources and services available, the team, most of them stranded at the hotel due to the lockdown, used the opportunity to cook delicious and nutritious meals for those in the service of society.

These food packets were then distributed to our dutiful law enforcers, utility workers and the humble private guards.

The small gesture touched the hearts of many, bringing a smile to their face.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Pune – Chinchwad will keep distributing such specially prepared food packets to these people as a gesture of gratitude and kindness until the situation is under control.

Talking about this initiative, Aditya Shamsher Malla, General Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton, Pune – Chinchwad said, “We are truly grateful for the extraordinary work by these selfless members of the Administration in an unprecedented situation.

We will continue to support their efforts to the best of our ability.

Hospitality professionals have always stood shoulder to shoulder with the warriors in any calamity, and we deem it an honour to reach out and do our bit as a token of gratitude.”


Dive into flavorful dishes this Republic Day at Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort

Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort is hosting a “Flavours of India” Sunday Brunch to add the sense of patriotism in the food, that offers a wide array of tantalizing dishes of Awadi, Punjabi, Kerala, Goan, Andhra and Tamil Nadu.

The brunch will present the mesmerising flavors of the country that will take you back to your favorite destination of the country as the Executive Chef Jerson Fernandes puts up his best spreads to commemorate this special day.
Venue:  Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort

Date:     26th Jan 2020

Time:     12:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Enjoy a Vegan meal at Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort’s Burger Festival

Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort cares about the guests’ well-being and the future of our planet and as sustainability has become huge issue and veganism is becoming increasingly popular, Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort is organizing a Vegan Burger Festival where the burger looks, cooks, and tastes like a buff patty.

The patrons can select the flavor and toppings to create their own Vegan burger.

Around the world, consumers are becoming more open to plant-based diet like the Beyond Burger for their health, the animals, and for the environment.

Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort is all set to squash the myth that vegan diets are boring, by making the burger with plant based ingredients instead of animal meat.

Not only this, but one can also enjoy the appetizing combo of one Burger and a beer throughout the festival.

So, mark your calendar to enjoy a plant based diet at Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort where everything that will be served to your table looks amazing and tastes even better.

Venue: Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort

Dates:   25th Jan to 31st Jan’20

Time:   12: 00 PM to 11: 00 PM


India Book Of Records Registered the biggest towel art

in Pune By Pune I-PHA India

Pune I-PHA India recently announced first time in pune the biggest towel art of the country.

This towel art took place at Lemon tree Premier Restaurant at pune station and it has been registered in the ” India books of record “ Recently .

Towel’s 50 feet crocodile Art been presented at venue and around 800 towels used for making the artwork.

The program was aimd to seminar on hotel business and through many businessmen were invited across the country.

The seminar was announced for the discussion on hotel industrial skills and art.

On the occassion of its 05th Anniversary Celebrations , I-PHA India had organised the Housekeeping Smart Seminar Recently at Lemon Tree Premier Pune.

The HSS meet witnessed housekeepers, facility heads from various regions of West India networking, sharing knowledge and learning at this event.

The highlight of the event was a 51 feet Towel Art that was created using around 800 towels , which was officially recognised by India Book of Records.

The event also featured a book launch by one of the core commitee members, panel discussion on 5S and a talk by eminent speaker Dr. Sudhir Andrews.

The Seminar was aimed for knowledge sharing, networking, and learning and housekeepers, facility heads and hotel management institutes from various regions of West India participated in this event.

On the occasion Shri. Kunal Mane, commitee members , said the art is been made by housekeepers and we are trying to push this artwork to its bright future.

The Association also announces its 5th anniversary on this day. So this was the perfect time to show this art to the world.


Shri. Javed Khanji alumni ftii film acting ( 1977) batch was felicitated at a Special function in the Vidhan Sabha Auditorium organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra and Madhya Pradesh Aids Awareness Committee for Aids Awareness.


Pamper your skin with the Apricot and Lemongrass Skin Refinement Treatment at The Sohum Spa, Radisson Blu Resort Goa

Life moves quickly.

A rejuvenating spa treatment helps your mind, body, and soul find the balance it requires and is also the perfect way to slow down and live each experience as it comes.

At Radisson Blu Resort Goa, you can experience this as you try their ‘Apricot and Lemongrass’ spa treatment at the Sohum Spa.

The treatment will leave you with a sense of well-being, total relaxation and rejuvenation along with a serene and beautiful setting.
Relax yourself with this skin refinement and experience the enriching; soothing benefits of this the treatment.

The thirty minute Apricot and Lemongrass spa treatment is the best way to pamper your skin.

Apricot is well-known for its anti-aging properties.

The beta carotene, minerals and other plant compounds from this fruit seep into the skin and trigger cellular renewal and maintenance.

Lemongrass perfectly complements apricot with its antiseptic and mood elevating properties, thus providing a well- being experience to the skin.

The treatment will not only leave you feeling refreshed, but leave you with supple skin and bring about a natural glow!
Visit Sohum Spa and reap the surplus benefits of the Apricot and Lemongrass spa treatment and pamper your skin to a healthy, youthful glow and buff away the layers of dead skin!

DATE: February – March, 2020

VENUE: Sohum Spa, Radisson Blu Resort Goa

COST: INR 2000

DURATION: Thirty Minutes

: As India celebrates 80 years of being a Republic, The Café at Hyatt Regency Pune & Residences invites you to experience food from around the country.

Indulge in a delicious spread that brings you the best of the diverse Indian cuisine and beverages that showcase the local flavours!
The award-winning Sunday Brunch at The Café will feature multiple live stations and a showcase of authentic regional dishes along with the all-time popular favorites.

Some of the signature dishes this Sunday include Chole Bhature, assorted Chaats, flavourful curries from around the country, and an array of Indian Mithai to end your meal on a sweet note.
Head to The Café at Hyatt Regency Pune & Residences this Sunday and soak in the myriad of Indian flavours as the culinary experts take you on a culinary journey through the country!
DATE: Sunday, January 26, 2020
TIME: 12:30 Pm- 4:00 Pm
VENUE: The Café, Hyatt Regency Pune & Residences
COST: INR 1695++ onwards


A good brunch makes your day. 

Aiming to provide a brunching experience like never before Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan organizes a mouth-watering brunch every Friday where the guests have a plethora of choices and a lavish buffet spread.

The extensive Brunch menu offers something for everyone and you can choose from a variety of delicious and organic appetizers; handmade pastas in your favorite sauce, decadent desserts to sweeten the palate and much more.

Drop by at Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan and enjoy the charming ambience and meticulously prepared dishes by the chef and his team.

Venue: Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan

Dates: Every Friday

Time: 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Sardar Charanjit Singh Sahani ji
( President, Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar)
Pune camp seen felicitating
Pune BJP
MP Girish Bapat with the
Dilip Bhau Kulkarni Saman instituted by the
Patit Pawan Kamgar Sanghatana


India Book Of Records Registered the biggest towel art in Pune

By I Professional Housekeepers Association

Pune housekeeping federation association recently announced first time in pune the biggest towel art of the country.

This towel art took place at Hotel Lemon tree Premier  Pune station and it has been registered in the ” India books of record ” on 18 January,2020.

Towel’s 50 feet crocodile Art been presented at venue and around 800 towels used for making the artwork.
The program was amid to seminar on hotel housekeeping, networking etc. and through many housekeepers were invited across the country.

The seminar was announced for the discussion on hotel industrial skills and art.

On the occasion Mrs. Soniya Mittal Founder member of  IPHA,, said the art is been made by housekeepers and we are trying to push this artwork to its bright future.

The Association also announces its 5th anniversary on this day. So this was the perfect time to show this art to the world.

On the occasion Mr. Kunal Mane,
Assistant Executive Housekeeper.lemon Tree
Organizer, was also present.


Painting Visions Workshop for Art Enthusiasts

: For all the art and painting aficionados in Pune,Hands Full of Earth presents a Painting Visions Workshop with the artist – Ainhoa Neith.

Learn the ways of modern and ancient visionary art masters over the course of 9 days. Try your hand at Mishtechnique from the surrealist world of art.

 With the exploration of optical greys and colour mixing, get habituated with brushwork, Imprimatura, Decalcomania and many more classical methods.

Mischtechnik , as well as being a powerful, venerable technique, is a fantastic way to enter into layered or glazed approaches to painting because of the inspiring ‘step-by-step’ process involved.

 That said, many times the fundamental principles of the technique are often overlooked or unexplained.

 The way we will approach mischtechnik is thorough explanation and exploration of the principles of optical grays & optical color mixing, through which the fundamentals may be grasped and many variations and experimental approaches can be glimpsed.

The Artist, Ainhoa Neith brings to the workshops her spirited love of art and painting. Ainhoa has dedicated herself to painting and endeavoured to create and develop and facilitate environments and events sharing this world, particularly to audiences who may never have encountered it before.

 She then held group space and taught in Anam Cara Healing Centre, Belgium, and then in Bali, Indonesia.

 She continues to be interested in pioneering and groundbreaking territories to expand visionary art.

Join this artists’ haven at Handsfullofearth headquarters from 3rd-11th Feb. Get more details on handsfullofearth@gmail.com.

Venue: Handsfullofearth

Lane Number 7,

Samrat Society, Kalyani Nagar.

Dates: 3rd Feb – 11th Feb 2020.

Time: 10 am to 5 pm


तालमयी अनोखी मैफल…

गायन वादन यांना एकत्रितपणे संगीत म्हटले जाते. पुण्यात मधुमती संगीत विद्यालयाच्या वतीने विद्यार्थ्यांच्या कलागुणांना वाव मिळावा यासाठी वार्षिक स्नेहसंमेलनाचे आयोजन करण्यात आले. ख्यातनाम तबला वादक तालभूषण पं नचिकेत मेहेंदळे यांच्या ५० विद्यार्थ्यांनी एकल, स्वतंत्र शास्त्रोक्त तबला वादन सादर केले.

 त्यात गंधार जोशी याने त्रितालात वादन करून सर्वांना जागीच खिळवले,ओंकार जोशी ,सुमेध पाथ्रुडकर, सार्थक चव्हाण यांनी तीनतालात एकल वादन केले, तसेच रूषभ खळदकर यानेही त्रितालात वादन केले, तसेच सिद्धेश्वर साठे याने १५ मात्रांच्या पंचम सवारी तालात स्वतंत्र तबला वादन करून सर्वांना जागीच खिळवून ठेवले, तसेच एकतालात सिद्धार्थ कुंभोजकर याने वादन करून पसायदानाने मैफलीची सांगता झाली.

यावेळी तन्मयी मेहेंदळे –  देशपांडे यांचे गायनही झाले अवघे गरजे पंढरपूर, जय शारदे वागीश्वरी आदि गाण्यांनी मैफलीला रंगत आणली निवेदन निवेदिता मेहेंदळे यांनी केले तर संवादिनी साथ देवेंद्र पटवर्धन यांची लाभली तर प्रमुख उपस्थिती दयानंद घोटकर,प्राची घोटकर व पं. विजय दास्ताने यांची होती.

फोटो अोळ :- मधुमती संगीत विद्यालयातील विद्यार्थी संगीत मैफलीच्या वेळी प्रमुख पाहुणे पं.विजय दास्ताने आणि गायक दयानंद घोटकर यांच्या समवेत, संचालक नचिकेत मेहेंदळे, निवेदिता मेहेंदळे,प्राची घोटकर आणि तन्मयी रोहन देशपांडे.


Education system in a mess and teachers in a pathetic condition: Dr Chanakya Jha

Dr Chanakya Jha, Dean Research, ISBM Engineering College, Pune, chairman, IEEE)

“The state of Maharashtra makes a maximum contribution to nation’s GDP at 35 per cent. Yet the education system of the state continues to be in a dismal state and its teachers
are in a horrible condition.

How does one imagine the future of such a state whose younger generation is being imparting education which has no merry whatsoever ?

“It seems in last 8 to 9 years, there has been no improvement in the education state of Maharashtra.

Also, it seems those who were elected from the teachers’ constituency and become education ministers or representatives, have taken no pain to improve the state of education.

“If a child is given a wrong education, then entire generation is wrecked.

Considering this, we can say that our current education system is heading nowhere and it is our moral responsibility to speak up against this malaise.”

“Teachers are not responsible for the current mess, but are victims of the system in place. It is disconcerting to note that teachers have to virtually beg before those who run the institutes or the government for their legitimate salaries
There are thousands of teachers who do not get their monthly salaries on time which is highly shocking.

“Maharashtra is a prosperous state. It’s education system should be compared to the one in existence in Finland. The current state of education in Maharashtra is sadly sinking by the day.

“It is worth noting that neither education facilities nor merit has improved over the years. Teachers don’t get salaries on time, pregnant teachers are deprived of the special facilities and concessions meant for them, forget about PF and pensions plans for teachers. MLAs get pensions in five years, teachers don’t get pension even after decades of service. …

Teachers have been found to be working on a salary of Rs 5000 to Rs 7000 which is what a daily laborer draws… The government deserves to be condemned for keeping the education system in such an abysmal state…

“If we leave side secondary and higher secondary colleges, the state of professional colleges is in utter bad shape. The engineering colleges have assumed a criminal look…”

“What is needed is classification of the education system, but instead teachers have been classified. Teachers have been classified in 30 categories which includes fulltime teachers, contractual teachers, aided teachers, unaided teachers, old pension teachers, permanent teachers.. Govt should stop such ridiculous policies…”

“It is time to stop criminalization of education system otherwise this demon will gobble up entire nation. I have made a resolve to give teachers their pride of place for which I expect support from the entire society…”

Here’s the true state of affairs of the education system in Maharashtra.

In 2010, Maharashtra had computers only in 12 per cent schools.
By 2018, it shot up to 64.4 per cent.

Even today, one fourth of the schools do not have computer facilities and we are dreaming of digital India.
Only 35 per cent school have computer teachers.

As a result, only 19 per cent students could use computers.

In 2010, 83.1 per cent and in 2018, 88.4 per cent schools had libraries. In 2010, 62.4 per cent and in 2018, 34 per cent students were taking advantage of the facility.

In 2018, only 74.9 per cent schools had security wall. Even today, 30 per cent schools have drinking water problem.

There are more shocking facts.
In 2018, it was found in a survey of class 5 students that 66 per cent of them could not write Marathi alphabets.

And 31 per cent students could not solve math’s. It raised questions like do we approve of such an education system ? Did Chhatrapati Shivaji dream of such a nation ? Did Veer Savarkar dream of nation ? Answer is no.

Our MLAs and MPs whom we elected and expected them to improve our education system as also other living conditions have let us down in a big way.

We are far far away from setting up a robust system.

It is time we need to join hands to raise our voice against such a dismal education system.


Truefitt and Hill Opens its door in JW Marriott, Pune
2nd store in Pune, 24th across India.


Having groomed the Monarchs of Great Britain for 214 years through nine consecutive reigns, Truefitt & Hill ( T & H) continues the legacy by bringing their sophistication to the cultural capital and very well known as ‘ Oxford of the east’, city Pune.


This new venture makes this exotic place a house of luxurious experiences all under one roof for the quintessential men with impeccably crafted internationally acclaimed grooming services.


Keeping the tradition forward, the ambience of JW Marriott outlet is royal, and of the highest standards.

The classy interiors, done up with mahogany wood and chic blue wallpaper, provides a relaxing environment to the brand’s discerning patrons.


The salon is spread in an area of around 1000 sq ft ( 5 barber chairs, 1 manicure pedicure chair).


It offers services for men only, which includes Royal or Clasic Shave, Haircuts, Manicure, Pedicure, Head Massage, hand and foot massage, facial, hair grooming, hair coloring and more.


Krishna Gupta, Founder and MD of Lyods Luxuries shared his thoughts.


Photo Caption: Music Composer,Director,Producer & Singer Harry Anand with Co-star Nivedita Chandel at the launch of BURN album in Pune.

BURN released in Pune By Harry Anand

: – Music producer, director, singer, film-maker and actor HARRY ANAND was in Pune today to release and talk about his latest album “BURN.” 

This video has been launched in association with Zee Music Company and the video features Harry Anand and his co-star Nivedita Chandel and is being received lovingly by the fans all across and has garnered more than 100k views already.

Speaking at the press conference Harry Anand said that, “BURN was shot in Mumbai at the Stadium Bar club and it was shot in a period of 1 day with a team of 150 crew members who assisted in the making of this music album.”

He also spoke about his last release Naach Nachaniya which features Kaviczar along with 2018 Miss Universe India – Nehal Chudasama; and his upcoming song with the Miss World India 2018 – Anukreethy Vas.

His will unveil his future project 9 On the Floor which will release in the upcoming three months.

Some of the very popular songs which Harry has given the music industry are Kaanta Laga, Kaliyon ka Chaman and Saiyaan Dil Mein, Pardesiya, Chardi jawani to name a few.

He has won 13 awards including 3 MTV Immies and has launched more than 30 artists and models in the industry. As a music director, he has worked with several big names of the music industry like Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Armaan Malik, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan amongst others.

About Harry Anand

Harry Anand is an Indian music producer, director, singer, film-maker and actor, known for his work in Nakshatra and Vodka Diaries with all menon, mahesh bhatta first punjabi film DUSHMAN, with arbaaz khan jeena is ka naam hai NIRDOSH with arbaaz khan

Nivedita Chandel is one of the most talented actresses. She made her acting debut with the film Love Ke Funday in 2016. … The actress earlier featured in several hits like Yaara, Pyaar Ho Na Jaaye and Case Bari. Nivedita Chandel will soon be featuring in a new Hindi Sufi love song called ‘Dilla Ther Jaa’.  Her latest work is in the album BURN with Harry Anand.

Digital Conclave at Classic Rock Kalyaninagar

Connect. Collaborate. Cultivate

  Clicks technologies along with SULA Vineyards is organizing an evening which will have the best minds from the world of Digital marketing and Technology professionals who will come and share their views on the latest trends of marketing in the real estate industry or for start ups and a talk on women entrepreneurs and leaders

SUNDOWNERs – connect, collaborate and cultivate is an excellent platform for all individuals to come and socialize and grow their business.

Few of the speakers at the panel would be Dhawal Panjwani (Head – Digital, Kohinoor Properties), Vivek Shenoy (Senior Director- Product & operations, Ziff Davis B2B) from product development & Marketing Strategies and Deeksha Ahuja (Ed tech Entrepreneur & start up consultant) from women entrepreneur & leaders- The Need Of the Hour.

Date: Saturday,18th January,2020, 4.00 to 8.00 Pm.

Venue: Classic Rock Café’, Kalyani Nagar


VST Tillers Tractors Launches Compact Tractors.

Introduces VST Shakti Gro tech – an end-to-end solution for Sugarcane farmers
Expected to result in increased productivity up to 20 %

: VST Tillers Tractors Limited (VST Tillers Tractors), pioneers in manufacturing of tillers and compact tractors for over five decades, as part of its continued efforts to offer innovative solutions to agricultural sector, has launched Gro Tech – a new line of solution which aligns with the ambitious Government of Indias vision of doubling farmers income.

In the first phase Gro Tech line of solution is being offered to sugarcane farmers which is tailor made to optimize productivity and thereby boost sugarcane yield. In-addition, Gro Tech line of solution is calibrated to help sugarcane growers in saving labour, water, time and fuel.

Importantly, the initial investment needed to get the Gro Pro line of solution running on ground with all implements is expected to be 50 % lesser in comparison with Higher HP Tractor.

CEO of VST Mr. Antony Cherukara Spoke and expressed VSTs undeterred commitment towards innovative quality products and simplified systems will go a long way to help farmers in not only improving productivity but also optimizing several costs including labour, farm inputs, cultivation and harvesting. Going forward, he pointed out, VST would have crop specific focus on increasing productivity for farmers.

As part of Gro Tech solution, we are happy to offer VST Shakti Viraat MT 270, a fuel-efficient compact tractor, and is positioned as complete sugarcane mechanization solution that is projected to increases productivity up to 20% with modern method of farming.

VST SHAKTI MT 270 is built with a fuel efficient 4-cylinder engine, Power steering as optional, OIB, Smart Hydraulics, Ultra cooling radiator, 6 + 2 Sliding Mesh Gear box with automatic depth and draft control and best in class 2.1 meter turning radius assures better coverage with less fuel consumption

The mechanization solution of VST Shakti Viraat MT 270 bridges the gap between low returns from small land holdings and higher cost of labor and inputs through better use of  technology and smart tools. It helps aspiring farmers to cross the threshold at ease by increasing productivity. Further, he added, GROTECH line of solution helps aspiring farmers to cross the threshold at ease by increasing productivity.

In the event,  Sr Vice President Mr. Jujhar Singh Virk  launched 45 HP & 50 HP products for the MH farmers & handed over keys to customers. Unique feature of this product is high power with less maintenance and informed that the product suitable for both Agri and Haulage operation.
There was special requirement of high torque 4 WD tractor for Grapes/Pomegranate growers, Today VST launched this model with high Torque engine which works with 600 litres sprayers.  Unique ness of this product is High Torque and diesel saving which make this product Win- Win Tractor. VST SHAKTI MT 270 High torque comes with Dumdar Torque and Dumdar Diesel Kshmatha which will be India Ka true win win tractor. The VST SHAKTI MT 270 High torque comes with Facelift of bonnet and many more techncial and asthetic features.
Noor Mohammed Shaikh , AGM of Maharashtra expressed that the Launch of Gro tech, 27 HP High toque tractor – India Ka win win tractor and Launch of Higher HP tractor in the same platform is a moment of Celebration. Gro tech we are going to take to launch across MH through our network in coming days.
This Event has been launched by Shr. Sharad Pawar.. Mr. Pawar also visited VST Shakti Gro tech stall.

व्हीएसटी टिलर्स ट्रॅक्टर्सनी लाौच केले कॉम्पॅक्ट ट्रॅक्टर 
ऊस उत्पादकांसाठी एंड टू एंड पर्याय असलेल्या व्हीएसटी शक्ती ग्रो टेकचे पदार्पण.
२०% पर्यंत उत्पादकता वाढण्याची शक्यता
 व्हीएसटी टिलर्स ट्रॅक्टर्स लिमिटेड (व्हीएसटी ट्रॅक्टर्स)  पाच दशकांहून अधिक काळ टिलर आणि कॉम्पॅक्ट ट्रॅक्टरच्या निर्मितीमध्ये अग्रगण्य आहे. कृषी क्षेत्राला नवीन उपाय देण्याच्या निरंतर प्रयत्नांचा एक भाग म्हणून शेतकर्‌यांचे उत्पन्न दुप्पट करण्याच्या भारत सरकारच्या महत्वाकांक्षी संकल्पाला अनुसरून जीआरओ टेक हे – वन लाईन सोल्युशन ट्रॅक्टर बाजारात आणला आहे.
 पहिल्या टप्प्यात उत्पादनक्षमतेसाठी ऊस उत्पादकांना अनुकूल ग्रो टेक लाईन देण्यात येत आहे. याव्यतिरिक्त ऊस उत्पादकांना कामगार, पाणी, वेळ आणि इंधन वाचविण्यात मदत करण्यासाठी सोल्युशनची ग्रो टेक लाइन कॅलिब्रेट केली आहे. महत्त्वाचे म्हणजे, सर्व उपकरणांसह ग्रो प्रो सोल्यूशन प्रत्यक्ष जमिनीवर उपलब्ध करण्यासाठी सुरुवातीची गुंतवणूक उच्च एचपी ट्रॅक्टरच्या तुलनेत ५०% कमी अपेक्षित आहे.
 कमी देखभालसह उच्च उर्जा हे या उत्पादनाची विशिष्ट वैशिष्ट्‌य आहे आणि कृषी आणि मालाची वाहतुक या दोन्हीसाठी हे उपयुक्त आहे, अशी माहितीही त्यांनी दिली आहे.
 शेतकर्‌यांना केवळ उत्पादकता सुधारण्यास मदत
होणार नाही तर कामगार, शेती साधने, लागवड व कापणी यासह अनेक खर्चाचे अनुकूलन करण्यात मदत होईल. अशी नाविन्यपूर्ण दर्जेदार उत्पादने व सरलीकृत प्रणालीं विषयी व्हीएसटीची अतूट कटिबद्धता व्हीएसटीचे मुख्य कार्यकारी अधिकारी श्री. अँटनी चेरुकारा स्पोक यांनी व्यक्त केली.
 पुढे जाऊन शेतकर्‌यांच्या उत्पादकता वाढविण्याच्या दृष्टीने व्हीएसटीने पीकांवर लक्ष केंद्रीत केलेले असेल, असेही त्यांनी निदर्शनास आणून दिले. ग्रो टेक सोल्यूशनचा एक भाग म्हणून, आम्ही ईंधन कार्यक्षम कॉम्पॅक्ट ट्रॅक्टर व्हीएसटी शक्ती विराट एमटी २७०
ऑफर केल्याबद्दल आम्हाला आनंद होतो आहे.
 आणि ऊस यांत्रिकीकरणाचे संपूर्ण समाधान आहे. हे यांत्रिकीकरण आधुनिक शेतीत २० टक्क्‌यांपर्यंत उत्पादकता वाढवू शकेल, असा अंदाज आहे. व्हीएसटी शक्ती एमटी २७० इंधन कार्यक्षम ४-सिलेंडर इंजिन, पॉवर स्टीयरिंग ऑप्शनल, ओआयबी, स्मार्ट हायड्रॉलिक्स, अल्ट्रा कूलिंग रेडिएटर, ६ + २ स्लाइडिंग मेष गियर बॉक्ससह स्वयंचलित खोली आणि ड्राफ्ट कंट्रोलसह आणि वर्ग २.१ मीटर टर्निंग रेडियससह सर्वोत्कृष्ट आहे.
 कमी इंधनाच्या वापरासह चांगले कव्हरेज देण्याची ग्वाही यामुळे दिली जाते. व्हीएसटी शक्ती विराट एमटी २७० च्या यांत्रिकीकरणामुळे स्मार्ट साधनांचा चांगला वापर करून कमी जमीन
धारणा आणि कमी मजुरीमधील तफावत दूर करते. हे उत्पादनक्षमता वाढवून शेतक शरीश्‌यांना सहजपणे उंबरठा ओलांडण्यास मदत करते, असेही ते पुढे म्हणाले.
 कार्यक्रमात, वरिष्ठ उपाध्यक्ष श्री. जुझारसिंग विर्क यांनी महाराष्ट्रातील शेतकर्‌यांसाठी ४५ एचपी आणि ५० एचपी उत्पादने बाजारात अधिकृतपणे लॉंच केले आणि त्याच्या किल्ल्‌या ग्राहकांच्या स्वाधीन केल्या.
 द्राक्षे, डाळिंब उत्पादकांना उच्च टॉर्क ४ डब्ल्यूडी ट्रॅक्टरची विशेष आवश्यकता होती. आज व्हीएसटीने ६०० लिटर स्प्रेयरसह काम करणारे उच्च टॉर्क इंजिनसह हे मॉडेल लॉंच केले आहे. उच्च टॉर्क आणि डिझेल बचत ही या उत्पादनाची खासियत आहे. व्हीएसटी शक्ती एमटी २७० उच्च टॉर्क बोनेटच्या फेसलिफ्टसह बर्‌याच तांत्रिक आणि दमदार वैशिष्ट्‌यांसह आहे.
 यामुळेच हे या उत्पादनाला विन-विन ट्रॅक्टर बनवते.व्हीएसटी शक्ती एमटी २७० हाय टॉर्क डमदार टॉर्क आणि डमदार डिझेल क्षमथासह आहे.
 त्यामुळेच तो ‘इंडियाचा खरा विन विन ट्रॅक्टर’ असेल. २७
एचपी हाय टोक ट्रॅक्टर – इंडिया का विन विन ट्रॅक्टर आणि त्याच व्यासपीठावर हाय एचपी ट्रॅक्टर लॉंच करणे हा एक सेलिब्रेशनचा क्षण आहे, असे मत महाराष्ट्राचे एजीएम नूर मोहम्मद शेख यांनी व्यक्त केले.
 येत्या काही दिवसात ग्रो टेक आमच्या नेटवर्कमधून महाराष्ट्रभर लॉंच करणार आहोत, असेही त्यांनी सांगितले.
या कार्यक्रमाला श्री. शरद पवार हे देखील होते. श्री. पवार यांनी व्हीएसटी शक्ती ग्रो टेक स्टॉललाही भेट दिली.

फोटो ओळी
फोटो १ – पुणे फिल्म फाउंडेशन आणि महाराष्ट्र शासन आयोजित १८ व्या पुणे आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट महोत्सवात यावर्षीचा प्रभात सर्वोत्कृष्ट आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट पुरस्कार ट्युनिशियाच्या ‘अ सन’ या चित्रपटाने पटकावला. रोख रूपये दहा लाख, मानचिन्ह व मानपत्र असे या पुरस्काराचे स्वरूप होते. या वेळी ट्युनिशियाच्या दूतावासाचे प्रथम सचिव अली मेफ्ताही यांनी हा पुरस्कार स्वीकारला. यावेळी फोटोत (डावीकडून) डॉ. जब्बार पटेल, बिश्वदीप चॅटर्जी, अली मेफ्ताही आणि विक्रम गोखले. या चित्रपटाने यावर्षी सर्वोत्कृष्ट प्रेक्षकांची पसंती पुरस्कारही पटकाविला.


फोटो २ – समीर विध्वंस दिग्दर्शित ‘आनंदी गोपाळ’ या चित्रपटाने ‘संत तुकाराम आंतरराष्ट्रीय मराठी चित्रपट’ पुरस्कारावर आपली मोहोर उमटविली. यावेळी महाराष्ट्र शासनाच्या वतीने रोख रूपये पाच लाख, मानचिन्ह व मानपत्र देऊन ‘आनंदी गोपाळ’ चित्रपटाच्या चमूला गौरविण्यात आले. यावेळी दिग्दर्शक समीर विध्वांस, अभिनेते ललित प्रभाकर सह चित्रपटाचा चमू.
फोटो ३ – पुणे फिल्म फाउंडेशन आणि महाराष्ट्र शासन आयोजित १८ व्या पुणे आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट महोत्सवात सुजय ढहाकेच्या ‘तुझ्या आईला’ या चित्रपटाने चार विविध पुरस्काराने गौरविण्यात आले. हे पुरस्कार स्वीकारता फोटोत (डावीकडून) डॉ. जब्बार पटेल, सुजय डहाके, बिश्वदीप चॅटर्जी आणि विक्रम गोखले.


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Photo Caption

Photo 1 – Ali Meftahi, First Secretary, Embassy of Tunisia accepting the ‘Government of Maharashtra Prabhat Best International Film’ award at the hands Biswdeep Chatterjee & Vikram Gokhale. Dr. Jabbar patel also seen in the picture (L)

Photo- 2 – Sameer Vidwans, Director of film ‘Anand Gopal’ along with his team accepting ‘Sant Tukaram Best International Marathi Film’ award at the hands of Vikram Gokhale, Bishwadeep Chatterjee also seen in the picture.

Photo 3 – Young film director Sujay Dahake received multiple awards at 18th PIFF. Sujay receiving one of the aeard from Bishwadeep Chatterjee & Vikram Gokhale. Dr. Jabbar patel also seen in the picture (L)

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‘आनंदी गोपाळ’ चित्रपटाला यावर्षीचा संत तुकाराम आंतरराष्ट्रीय मराठी चित्रपट पुरस्कार

– ‘अ सन’ या चित्रपटाने पटकावला ‘प्रभात सर्वोत्कृष्ट आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट पुरस्कार’
– ‘तुझ्या आईला’ व ‘अ सन’ चित्रपटांना प्रेक्षकांच्या पसंतीचा (ऑडियन्स अवॉर्ड) पुरस्कारपुणे, दि. १६ जानेवारी, २०२० : पुणे फिल्म फाउंडेशन आणि महाराष्ट्र शासन आयोजित १८ व्या पुणे आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट महोत्सवाचा दिमाखदार समारोप सोहळा आज प्रभात रस्त्यावरील राष्ट्रीय चित्रपट संग्रहालय येथे पार पडला. यावेळी ‘आनंदी गोपाळ’ या चित्रपटाने यावर्षीच्या ‘संत तुकाराम आंतरराष्ट्रीय मराठी चित्रपट’ पुरस्कारावर आपली मोहोर उमटविली. तर ‘अ सन’ या ‘ट्युनिशियन चित्रपटाने ‘प्रभात सर्वोत्कृष्ट आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट पुरस्कार’ पटकावला. सदर पुरस्कारांची घोषणा महोत्सवाचे अध्यक्ष आणि संचालक डॉ. जब्बार पटेल यांनी समारोपाच्या कार्यक्रमात केली.रोख रुपये पाच लाख, सन्मानचिन्ह व सन्मानपत्र हे ‘संत तुकाराम आंतरराष्ट्रीय मराठी चित्रपट पुरस्कारा’चे तर रोख रुपये दहा लाख, सन्मानचिन्ह व सन्मानपत्र हे ‘प्रभात सर्वोत्कृष्ट आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट पुरस्कारा’चे स्वरूप आहे. हे दोन्ही पुरस्कार दरवर्षी राज्य शासनाच्या वतीने प्रदान करण्यात येतात. सुजय डहाके दिग्दर्शित ‘तुझ्या आईला’ या चित्रपटाने परिक्षकांची पसंती पुरस्कार, अखिल भारतीय चित्रपट महामंडळ सर्वोत्कृष्ट मराठी पटकथा, सिनेमेटोग्राफी(छायाचित्रण) व प्रेक्षकांच्या पसंतीचा पुरस्कार मिळाला.यावेळी प्रसिद्ध अभिनेते विक्रम गोखले, प्रसिद्ध ध्वनि दिग्दर्शक व ध्वनी डिझायनर बिश्वदीप चॅटर्जी, महोत्सवाचे सचिव रवी गुप्ता, महोत्सवाचे कलात्मक दिग्दर्शक समर नखाते, ‘पिफ’चे निवड समिती सदस्य मकरंद साठे, सतीश आळेकर, अभिजित रणदिवे, अभिजित देशपांडे, डॉ. मोहन आगाशे यांबरोबर अखिल भारतीय मराठी चित्रपट महामंडळाचे अध्यक्ष मेघराज राजेभोसले, चित्रपटांच्या परीक्षणासाठी जगभरातून आलेले परीक्षक यांबरोबरच एमआयटी-एटीडीच्या डॉ. सुनीता कराड आदि उपस्थित होते.पुणे फिल्म फाउंडेशन’ आणि महाराष्ट्र शासन यांच्या संयुक्त विद्यमाने दरवर्षी पार पडणा-या पुणे आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट महोत्सवाचे हे १८ वे वर्ष होते. ज्यामध्ये ६० देशांतील १९१ हून अधिक चित्रपटांचा आस्वाद पुण्यातील चित्रपट रसिकांना घेता आला.यावर्षी समीर विध्वांस दिग्दर्शित ‘आनंदी गोपाळ’ या चित्रपटाने ‘संत तुकाराम आंतरराष्ट्रीय मराठी चित्रपट’ पुरस्कार पटकाविला. या चित्रपटाला महाराष्ट्र शासनाच्या वतीने रोख रूपये पाच लाख, मानचिन्ह व मानपत्र देऊन गौरविण्यात आले. या पुरस्काराच्या रकमेपैकी ५० टक्के रक्कम ही दिग्दर्शक व ५० टक्के रक्कम ही निर्मात्यांना दिली जाते.याबरोबरच दरवर्षी अखिल भारतीय चित्रपट महामंडळाच्या वतीने देण्यात येणारा मराठी स्पर्धात्मक विभागातील सर्वोत्कृष्ट दिग्दर्शक पुरस्कार यावर्षी अजित वाडीकर (वाय) यांना, सर्वोत्कृष्ट अभिनेता पुरस्कार ललित प्रभाकर (आनंदी गोपाळ) यांना, सर्वोत्कृष्ट अभिनेत्रीचा पुरस्कार मुक्ता बर्वे (वाय)यांना ,सर्वोत्कृष्ट पटकथा लेखक पुरस्कार नियाज मुजावर (तुझ्या आईला)  यांना तर सर्वोत्कृष्ट सिनेमेटोग्राफी पुरस्कार विजय मिश्रा (तुझ्या आईला) यांना प्रदान करण्यात आला. प्रत्येकी रोख रुपये २५ हजार, मानचिन्ह, मानपत्र असे या पुरस्कारांचे स्वरूप आहे. याशिवाय सुजय डहाके दिग्दर्शित ‘तुझ्या आईला’ व मेहडी बरसौई दिग्दर्शित ‘अ सन’ या चित्रपटाला प्रेक्षकांच्या पसंतीचा (ऑडियन्स अवॉर्ड) पुरस्कार देत गौरविण्यात आले.याबरोबरच आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपटांच्या स्पर्धात्मक विभागात मेहडी बरसौई दिग्दर्शित ‘अ सन’  या चित्रपटाला ‘प्रभात सर्वोत्कृष्ट आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट पुरकार’ देत गौरविण्यात आले. रोख रु. १० लाख मानचिन्ह व मानपत्र असे या पुरस्काराचे स्वरूप आहे. या पुरस्काराच्या रकमेपैकी ५० टक्के रक्कम ही दिग्दर्शक व ५० टक्के रक्कम ही निर्मात्यांना दिली जाते. तर याच विभागातील ‘प्रभात सर्वोत्कृष्ट चित्रपट दिग्दर्शक पुरस्काराने ‘सुपरनोवा’ चित्रपटाचे दिग्दर्शक बर्तोज कृहलिक यांना गौरविण्यात आले. रोख रुपये ५ लाख व मानचिन्ह असे या पुरस्काराचे स्वरूप आहे. आंतरराष्टीय चित्रपटांच्या स्पर्धात्मक विभागात ‘अ सन’  चित्रपटाला प्रेक्षकांच्या पसंतीचा (ऑडियन्स अवॉर्ड) पुरस्कार प्रदान करण्यात आला.यावर्षीपासून पुणे फिल्म फाउंडेशन आणि एमआयटी आर्ट, डिझाईन व टेक्नॉलॉजी विद्यापीठ यांच्या संयुक्त विद्यमाने ‘एमआयटी- एसएफटी ह्युमन स्पिरीट’ पुरस्कार सुरु करण्यात आला आहे. यावर्षी ‘मार्केट’ या चित्रपटाचे दिग्दर्शक प्रदीप कुरबाह यांना हा पुरस्कार एमआयटी-एडीटीच्या डॉ. सुनीता कराड यांच्या हस्ते देण्यात आला.आंतरराष्ट्रीय चित्रपट स्पर्धा –
पटकथा लेखनाचा परीक्षक विशेष पुरस्कार – मायकल इडोव (चित्रपट – द ह्युमरिस्ट)
परिक्षक विशेष प्रमाणपत्र – चित्रपट ‘मारिघेल्ला’विद्यार्थी लघुपट पुरस्कार
बेस्ट लाईव्ह अॅक्शन लघुपट पुरस्कार – चित्रपट ‘अ पीस ऑफ होप’ – (दिग्दर्शक स्याहरेझा फाहलेवी)
बेस्ट लाईव्ह अॅक्शन लघुपट दिग्दर्शक पुरस्कार – अलीरेझा घासेमीअॅनिमेशन लघुपट पुरस्कार
सर्वोत्कृष्ट अॅनिमेशन लघुपट –
1)   मझाईक्स आर्क 2)  स्टीप्स ऑफ खजर
3)  सर्वोत्कृष्ट दिग्दर्शन – चित्रपट स्टीप्स ऑफ खजर (दिग्दर्शक  सोफिया मेलनेक)

आदिवासी लघुपट पुरस्कार-
1)    चित्रपट ‘द माइटी गोंट्स ब्रिक्स ऑफ चंदागड – विप्लव शिंदे
2)    चित्रपट पडकाई – दिग्दर्शक अमर मेलगीरी
3)    चित्रपट रानी बेटी – दिग्दर्शक धर्मा वानखेडे

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Sound in the movie has to compliment the script- Bishwadeep Chatterjee

‘‘While working on a film, we simulate and recreate the sounds as per the need of the story and blend it in the scenes with dialogues, background score and songs .

The sound effects in the movie have to compliment the script,’’ said the national award winning sound designer Bishwadeep Chatterjee.

He was delivering a lecture in the 18th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) organized by Pune Film Foundation and Maharashtra Government. Dr. Jabbar Patel, Director, PIFF was present among the dignitaries.

Chatterjee said that, ‘‘Our generation of sound designers experienced working with all the mediums like vacuum tube, analog magnetic platform and digital.

Today, the technical limitations are slowly getting out of the way.

So this is very interesting time for us.’’

He mentioned that in the 80s the VHS tapes came and people started preferring to watch movies at home. It was the Dolby Surround sound that played important role in bringing the audience back to theatres.

Chatterjee gave examples of the movies ‘Bajirao Mastani’, ‘Uri’ and ‘Chintu Ka Birthday’and explained how they created different sound effects.

He said that he had first read the book about Bajirao Peshwa before reading the script of the film.

‘‘To show the home background of Bajirao Peshwa in the movie, I went to the place Wai near Panchgani and recorded the Brahmin worshippers chanting Sanskrit Vedas.

We also used some old Marathi Bhajans. We used the rumbling sounds to show the aftermath of war and deliberately designed sound effects to show Bajirao’s character larger than life.

While designing for the movie ‘Chintu Ka Birthday’, we had to create the war-like environment in Iraq as per the story.

The movie is low budget and shot in closed setting.

So we created create sound effects to make it look like happening in Iraq. ’’


A list of great artists would be incomplete if Dr. Shriram Lagoo’s name is not included: Vikram Gokhale

“Dr. Shriram Lagoo was an asset to Indian theatre and if a list of great artists is prepared without mentioning the name of Dr. Lagoo then it would remain incomplete.

Honoured with the PIFF Distinguished Award at the film festival which is dedicated to Dr. Lagoo was very heart-warming and gratifying,” said national award winner veteran actor, Vikram Gokhale.

He was speaking at a Press conference organized by Pune Film Foundation and Maharashtra Government as a part of the 18th Pune International Film Foundation (PIFF) today at Deccan Rendezvous, Pune in presence of Dr. Jabbar Patel, Director, PIFF.

“Dr. Lagoo besides being famous was also an intelligent actor and I learned a lot from him.

Once while watching me perform on the stage he had told Dr. Shanta Jog that my acting prowess was natural and spontaneous.

I guess that was the biggest compliment I had ever received,” he said.

Speaking on theatre, Gokhale said, “I think theatre is the only place that can develop self-confidence among budding actors.

Theatre is different from films where you can get several takes. Theatre gives you a chance to learn more and more and makes you a good actor,” he added. He also complimented Jabbar Patel for being his positive critic since the early days of his career stating how Patel’s criticism helped him to improve.

Gokhale accordingly also pointed toward the recent controversy involving Vinayak Savarkar.

“I am a fan of Savarkar as I know what he stood for. The people who have been vilifying and belittling Savarkar should read and do some research about him first.

I also ask Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi what do they know about Savarkar and who has given them right to malign him,” Gokhale said.

He also spoke regarding the recent protest over Citizenship Amendment Act, which he said was unwanted. “I am in support of CAA.

Why should an Indian taxpayer take the burden of illegal immigrants? When it comes to such issues, I am with the PM,” he said.

Since there has been no censorship in the entertainment content shown on OTT platforms, Gokhale said that it was being misused.

“Time has come to think about what steps can be taken to stop this misuse.

But at the same time, it should be done on government level and no unauthorized or unofficial faction should get involved in it,” he said.

(L-R) Dr. Jabbar Patel and Vikram Gokhale at a Press Conference organized by Pune Film Foundation and Maharashtra Government as a part of the 18th Pune International Film Foundation (PIFF).

Chef Ho Chi Ming appointed as Specialty Chef at The Market, The Westin Pune Koregaon Park

: The Westin Pune Koregaon Park has announced the appointment of Chef Ho Chi Ming as the Specialty Chef for The Market – newly launched all day dining restaurant.

A talented and dynamic chef, Ming, comes to The Westin Pune Koregaon Park with over 11+ years of rich experience in culinary operations in the hospitality industry.

Having worked in 5-star hotels previously like Sheraton Hyderabad, Le Meridien Thimphu, Hyatt and Ista Pune, Ming has worked in the award winning restaurant Baan Tao at Ista/ Hyatt Pune.

Ming is all set to treat the guests at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park to some sumptuous, rich Asian flavors at The Market.

A pioneer in his field, he believes that creativity is key to his signature cooking style.

His love for producing high quality, innovative dishes, is driven by his passion to put his own interpretation in signature dishes.

Chef Ho Chi Ming has introduced Vietnamese and Indonesian food in Thimphu.

He loves designing new menus at different occasions to give his guests a memorable dining experience.

His spontaneity and imagination while concocting dishes is what makes him stand out in the Asian culinary scene.

Earlier last year Chef Ming also curated and designed an Asian menu for an Asian Festival at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park.

Chef Ming is elated to be a part of The Westin Pune Koregaon Park.

He is delighted to be on board with the team for a long culinary journey and looks forward to creating some unforgettable dining experience for guests

. His vast knowledge, experience, and passion for Asian cuisine is sure to take guests on an exotic culinary journey!


Sadhu Vaswani’s 54th Mahayagna (Anniversary) – January 15 to 17, 2020

Sadhu Vaswani lives and will continue to live, age after age. The sun and stars may become cold, the earth may vanish into nothingness. Death has not touched Sadhu Vaswani. He continues to be our Guru. But Sadhu Vaswani will continue to live for evermore!

—     Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani

Sadhu Vaswani Mission is observing the 54th Mahayagna of Gurudev Sadhu Vaswani. On the 16th of January, 1966, at 8.22 a.m., he entered the Unseen.

Each year, the Mission revers the Great Master through, havan, bhajans, kirtans and seva. Talks of Gurudev Sadhu Vaswani and Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani are played. Rev. Dada’s talks in remembrance and longing for his Guru bring to life Gurudev Sadhu Vaswani.

Educational institutions of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission observe the Mahayagna by performing skits and carrying out seva activities. Healthcare institutions of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission offer free and concessional treatment across the medical centres.

This year, the schedule of the programme is as below:

Sadhu Vaswani’s 54th Mahayagna Programme January 15th -17th 2020

Wednesday, Jan. 15 (Makar Sankranti)

  • Mystical Moments, Sadhu Vaswani’s talk, Youth Meet — 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Thursday, Jan. 16 (At Dada Kutiya)

  • Prabhat Pheri — 5:30 AM
  • Havan, Satsang, Sadhu Vaswani’s talk — 8 AM to 9 AM
  • Satsang (Mahayagna Songs), Sadhu Vaswani’s talk and Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani’s talk — 6:30 PM to 8 PM
  • Vigil — 10:30 PM to 12 midnight

Friday, Jan. 17

  • Service of Daridra-Narayana — 10:30 AM
  • Yagna, Havan, Commencement of Akhand Path of Nuri Granth and path of Guru Granth, Kirtan, Service of Sufedposh, the disabled and the aged — 11:30 AM to 1 PM
  • Dada Langar (Fellowship Meals) — 1 PM to 2 PM
  • Havan, Satsang and Prayer by Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani at sacred Samadhi (Audio) (At sacred Samadhi) — 5:15 PM to 6 PM
  • Deepak Yatra to Sadhu Vaswani Chowk — 6 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Satsang, Sadhu Vaswani’s talk, Scenes from the life of Sadhu Vaswani — 6:45 PM to 8:15 PM
  • Aarti (At sacred Samadhi) — 8:15 PM

Samar Nakhate
( Creative Director)


In conversation with the

Photo Prem (Marathi Competition)

Director Gayatri Patil, Producer Mehul Shah, Cinematographer Kedar Phadke and Editor B. Mahanteshwar were present for the press conference.

were present for the press conference.


Pune International Film Festival

The story of the movie is about a housewife who has camera shyness.

Mehul Shah said that the they had always thought of the movie with actor Neena Kulkarni in the central character.

Explaining the plot of the movie he said, ‘‘While attending a funeral, the housewife Maee realizes that in situations like these, people often look for a photo of the deceased.

She decides to overcome her fear for camera to get a good picture that can be put up in her remembrance.’’

Phadke said that, ‘‘As the budget of the movie was low, we cut down many expenses such as use of generator equipment and use of more lights.

To stress the lack of confidence in Maee’s mind to face camera we used some filming ideas like deliberately keeping her off-centre in most of the frames.’’


18th piff Samar Nakhate with Isteyak Khan,Director actor “Shadow of Othello” is comic take on Shakespeare’s one of the most popular plays “Othello”.

Produced under banner Vsquare films, movie  Sanjay Mishra, Ipsita Chakraborty, Vikram Kochar, Tina Bhatia Ashish Shukla.

Movie- The Shadow of Othello (India)
Associate director, actor and song writer of the movie Faiz Khan, associate director Jagtar Singh Kalwana and actors Abhinay Sharma and Anil Jatav were present for the press conference.
The story of the movie unfolds in a village in north India where the villagers are very much impressed by the Hindi film ‘Omkara’ (which is the adaptation of the Shakespere’s ‘Othello’).

The villagers hire a passionate theatre professional and try to create the same story in a play. As they move ahead, they see the drama of Othello happening in their own lives.

Jagtar Singh Kalwana said that the movie in a way presents the conflict between rich and poor.

Faiz Khan said that the movie is shot in a village in Jharkhand.

‘‘We met very good actors from the local theatre groups who acted in the movie.
Some of the locations that we were shooting in were near the Naxal affected area and we were concerned about it.
Local drivers gave us support and told us that nothing bad will happen.
The villagers were so enthusiastic about the movie that they were helping us to arrange the sets without even asking for money,‘’ said Faiz.

Samar Nakhate

( Creative Director)

18th Piff in conversation



Dir: Bartosz Kruhik





Movie- Supernova (Poland)
Actor Michat Pawlik was present for the press conference.

The story of the movie revolves around a deadly accident, the people directly related to it and general human response to situations.

Michat Pawlik said, ‘‘Our director Bartosz Kruhlik was very careful in creating realistic settings.
It helped the actors to be in the scenes and situations with more integrity.
The movie is not a commercial one, but the story is very moving.
We have got great reviews from the people from all walks of life and also here in PIFF. The audience connect to the story in some or the other way.
The budget of the movie was low, but if you have a good team, the money doesn’t remain to be a problem.’’

Meet The Press


Movie- Y

Dr. Ajit Wadikar, Director, Nandu Madhav, Actor, Swapneel Sojwal, Screenplay writer and Rakesh Bhilare, Cinematographer.


The film Y highlights the bane of female feticide plaguing the society. Connecting four different storylines, this is a film about social issues that includes a couple who decides to do something barbaric in the 9th month of their pregnancy.

A husband who cons his wife.


A medical professional who shuns his ethics and a woman who solely fights against all evils, mentalities and the system and eventually turns into a torchbearer.


“The hospital is the focal point of the film that goes through many levels.

In one of the stories, we have highlighted demand for female feticide, and in the other we talk about an organization that seeks to stop this evil.

Though the stories are fictional, they numb you at one level and coerce you to think,” said Dr. Ajit Wadikar, Director.

“Even though such films are often limited to the festivals, the concept re-emerges and reaches out to the community and inspires the audience,” said Actor, Nandu Madhav.


Smt. Usha Khanna

recepient of

SD Burman International award for creative music and sound


edition of

Pune International Film Festival

The music director Usha Khanna has made her mark as a successful composer in this male-dominated profession.

Her journey started with the popular movie ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ (1959) which became a sensation for its music.

She has contributed in the movies like Bin Fere Hum Tere, Lal Bangla, Hum Hindustani, Aap To Aise Na The, Saajan Bina Suhagan, Sautan, AaoPyaar Karen and many more.

Meet the Press




Movie- Bonsai

Sameer Asha Patil, Director and Gaurav Ponkshe and Sanjay Shankar, Producers

The director, Sameer Asha Patil’s journey has been from a village to big city like Mumbai, which according to him was a significant transition.

“This story was born from my own experiences.

It is difficult for a villager who has lived among nature, following rural customs to adjust in a sprawling city, which is made of artificial and technical things.


We have created a different kind of bonsai society, which is artificial with our own roots making our lives colorless and dull.


I have made the movie black and white and have kept the ending colored as I wanted to convey that when love blooms, the results can still be colorful,” said Patil.


The movie is about an old man who has spent his whole life in a small village and later moves to the city at his son’s insistence even though he dislikes the idea.


When he lands into the city, he finds no connection with the artificiality and complexities of modern life and misses his village but finds solace in his granddaughter.

He decides to flee from the city before the bull festival, but his granddaughter prevents him from doing that.

He finds himself in dilemma of the love towards his village and his granddaughter and tries to adjust to this new life in the city, where he doesn’t belong.

“Cinema can’t change perception of the society, but it can lift one’s thought. We have to understand that if we want a secured future, we have to free our thinking,” said Patil.

    Movie- Tujhya Aaila / Up your Mother’s

– Sujay Dahake, Director, Megha Pramanik, Producer

For Sujoy Dahake, it was a random and offbeat incident that triggered him to make this film.
“While directing the movie Shaala, I had abused a co-worker for not performing his duty.


We met again after 7 years and when he recalled the incident, I was taken aback and wondered how an insult can carry so much weight.

It was then I decided that I must talk about verbal violence through a film and accordingly the idea to make ‘Tujhya Aaila’ was born,” said Dahake.


The film revolves around a 12-year-old urban boy who gets admitted in a rural school after his family moves to a village following his father’s transfer.


Unknown to the rural culture, the boy is surprised when he is exposed to the culture of verbal abuse prevalent among his fellow-students.

While he works hard to adapt and blend in, the events around him make him question the very practice of verbal abuse that exists in society.

“The film deals with contrasting ideas, caste, culture and corporal punishment.

It has a layer of violence, but it mainly talks with feminism.

Why does verbal abuses refer only to females and not men and why abusing someone always matter?

The gravity of verbal violence can be dangerous,” Sujoy added.


Media Interactions
18th Piff
Samar Nakhate
( Creative Director)
In conversation wirh the maker of the

Movie: A Night A Day
Prathap Joseph T., Director
The film- A Night A Day / Oru Rathri Oru Pakal deals with the subject of ‘honour crimes’ and natural disasters in the state of Kerala.

“I like the cinematic way of looking at things. Kerala had been affected with lots of calamitiesincluding incidents involving honour killings, floods and a drought.

I wanted to connect everything with the hierarchal social minds and make a film.

The title of the film implies something known and something unknown.

We’ve had 5 screenings in Kerala and have received good response from the youth,” said Prathap Joseph T., Director of the film.

The story is about a pair of lovers get into a house that was deserted in flood.

The woman has left her home because the news of the affair led into a conflict at home, while the man is not in a condition to start a life with her.

Slowly they move toward the reeds on the river where the affects of nature and human drives face each other.


NFAI Press Conferences
– PIFF Interactions with

Samar Nakhate

NFAI on Sunday, January 12, 2020

Movie- Widow of Silence
Praveen Morchhale, Director, Screenwriter, Producer

“A news report about the conditions of half-widows in Kashmir propelled me to make this film.

I went to Kashmir to interview these women and during an interaction one of them told me that ‘nobody considered them alive’.

So accordingly, I did a research on the subject and formed the stories of these women into one story,” said Praveen Morchhale, Director.

The Urdu-language drama set in conflict-ridden Kashmir, highlights the state of Aasia, a half-widow whose husband is taken by Indian police and is presumed dead.

However, without a death certificate she can neither remarry nor settle her dire financial situation.
A corrupt government clerk offers her the documents she needs, in return for agreement to sell her small plot of land to a buyer of his choosing, plus a commission and sex.

“I wanted to tell a story of distraught families, where the people who suffer the most are woman and children and had no intention of turning it into a political one.

Most of the characters in my film are non-actors who belong to the conflict-zone in Kashmir,” added Morchhale.

Vijay Tendulkar memorial lecture.

Filmmakers feel pressure to be different and original in today’s world- R. Balki

: ‘‘Today we are exposed to a lot of content.

We see more interesting, weird things happening in people’s lives.

There is a lot of pressure on filmmakers to be different and original in such a world,’’ said renowned Director R. Balki.

He was speaking today while delivering the Vijay Tendulkar Memorial Lecture at PVR Icon as a part of 18th

Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) organized by Pune Film Foundation and Maharashtra Government.

Dr. Jabbar Patel, Director, Piff interviewed Balki.


Balki recalled meeting playwright Vijay Tendulkar in his last days. ‘‘Tendulkar was the bravest writer of our times and he is rather more relevant today.

He was brave not only because he was not afraid to speak his mind, but whenever there was disturbance in the society, he didn’t let that disturb him but used it to be more creative,’’ said Balki.

Balki talked about his advertising career and some of his very well received films like ‘Cheeni Kum’, ‘Paa’ and ‘Padman’. He also mentioned that the true purpose of cinema is to give back to society.

Talking about the audience, Balki said that, ‘‘People talk about which cinema will appeal to B centre, C centre or A centre etc. I think that there is no such thing. There is only one centre and its your head.

When you start formulating things, you are creating something for the people you don’t even know. The content you make should appeal to the normal sensibility.’’

Speaking about the movie ‘Paa’, Balki said,‘‘I thought the idea of the film when I once saw Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan speaking with each other and realized that they were talking in the way very opposite to their personalities.

I thought what would happen if Abhishek plays the role of the father and Amitabh of the son.

We shot this movie without the VFX effects and most of the film was shot from the top angle to make Amitabh Bachchan look like a child.’’

PIFF Interactions held at NFAI on Saturday, January 11, 2020

Samar Nakhate, Creative Director, PIFF conducted these interactions

1). Movie- Mosaic Portrait
    Wang Zijian, Producer


“We decided to make this film after a news of a 14-year-old girl being pregnant in a city in China was reported in the local newspaper.

However, newspapers in China do not have freedom, so whatever news that is printed is considered as true.

Many times, the truth behind a particular story is not revealed,” said Wang Zijian, Producer.
The movie is about a sexually abused teenager called Ying. Ying’s father discovers her to be pregnant and seeks for justice in vain.

Jia, a journalist from Shenzhen, shows interest in the case and gets lost in trailing into the rebellious girl’s real life.

Zijian said that the story in the film was based on real life characters.


“It is a critical issue and we want to broadcast it so it could reach out to people.

However, we are yet to receive permission to show the film from the police and government in China.”

2). Movie- Chivti / The Remains  

Samar Nakhate

( Creative Director) in conversation with

Rajkumar Tangde, Director, Kailash Sanap and Ajinath Dhakne, producers and actors including Sambhaji Tangde, Kishore Udan, Ashwini Bhalekar, Milind Shinde, Yogesh Shirsat, Vishnu Kedar, Gajendra Tangde and Narendra Bhide, Music composer.



“We wanted to tell the story in a different way and through this film we have tried to show many things from the same framework.

I was not very inclined to make a film based on a fictional story but wanted to focus on events that were happening around me.
Each of the actors working in the film has a great deal to do with the subject itself,” said Rajkumar Tangde, Director, who had been working on the script for past 5 years.
 The movie is about Vitthal, who belongs to the young, educated generation of a socially backward community and is forced to rely on a life-threatening occupation like sugarcane cutting for survival.
He travels along with the rest, while they live like outcasts, sacrifice their self-respect, and endure bitter hardships.

18th Piff

Distinguished Awardee

Vikram Gokhale

is an accomplished actor who has given a remarkable contribution to Marathi theatre and Marathi and Hindi cinema.

He was honoured with the national award for the best actor for his role in the Marathi movie,‘Anumati’ in which he depicts the role of an emotional man struggling to save his dying wife.

Some of his most appreciated performances include plays like:

Barrister, Kamala, Swami, Mahasagar, Nakalat Saare Ghadle, Ke Dil Abhi Bhara Nahi,

Marathi movies like :

Vazir, Mahananda, Kalat Nakalat, Maher chi Saadi, Aghaat, Natasamrat and

Hindi movies like :

Agnipath, Thoda Sa Rumani Ho Jaye, Hum Dil De ChukeSanam and many more.

He also acted in several television serials. Apart from being an actor, he is also known for his work for disabled soldiers


3). Movie- Tall Tales/ Apromesek
Dir: Atila Szasz


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TIME: 4.45 PM

( Creative Director)

In conversation with

Vica Kerekes, Actress

“After World War II, the times were trying and desperate and there was lots of insecurity in Europe.

The film deals with lots of secrets, as to who’s telling the truth and who’s lying and people everywhere looking for happiness,” said Vica Kerekes, who plays the lead role of Judit in the film. ‘

Tall Tales’ is the first feature film of director, Attila Szasz, which deals with a thrilling story of a con man who tries to find an opportunity during the World War II.

The man flees to Budapest, where he is given shelter by a woman and her son.

The man then has a love affair with the woman, whose husband is about to return home from the front.
“There are scenes of domestic violence as well.

I got a chance to play a very interesting character and it was an important role for me,” said Kerekes

4). Movie- Anandi Gopal
Sameer Vidwans, Director and Bhagyashree Milind and Lalit Prabhakar, Actors



Movie- Tree Under the Sun
Bijukumar Damodaran, Director


“It was the toughest film that I shot as we had to shoot in extreme cold, which the people in South India have never experience.

The film deals with the people from the lower strata of the society who have no option but look for job elsewhere as the government gives them a cold shoulder.

Despite high literacy rate in Kerala the problem of caste discrimination still exists though not on a very large level, but nevertheless its creeping through certain elements,” said Bijukumar Damodaran, Director.

Synopsis :

The movie is about a Dalit family from Kerala who migrate to a lower Himalaya village in search of better living conditions.

It shows how the socially backward community in India grapples with caste discrimination in their daily life.



Pune International Film Festival

Day: 01

B. P. Singh and CID team addressed the press on Friday

Mr Brijender Pal Singh ( Chairman FTII) seen here along with Dr. Jabbar Patel. ( Chairman PIFF)

(L to R)
Dayanand Shetty, Shivaji Satam, Aditya Srivastava, B.P. Singh and Dr. Jabbar Patel.

Television programs should be family – oriented- B.P. Singh

“Television programs should be family-oriented and family members from all age groups should be able to sit together and watch the soaps.

Even crime thrillers need to be transformed into watchable series and for that, the writers have to become sensitive and raw and come up with new thoughts.

To become a good story-teller, one has to merge entertainment with reality but in an upright way,” said B.P. Singh, Chairman, FTII and Director of the popular TV series, CID at a press conference organized by Pune Film Foundation as a part of the 18th Pune International Film Foundation (PIFF) today at Deccan Rendezvous, Pune.

Dr. Jabbar Patel, Director, PIFF and the actors of the CID program including Shivaji Satam, Aditya Srivastava and Dayanand Shetty were present at the conference.

“Along with time, the society changes and so does the stories and the films.

For filmmakers, whatever they learn through the camera and it is only through its lenses that you see the reality and life experiences.

Camera becomes a part of life,” B.P. Singh added.

Speaking at the conference, Shivaji Satam said, “Working with experience people pays and makes your job easy. Every actor has their own style and character whether they are on stage or in films while facing the camera.”

Aditya Srivastava said, “The late theatre director and actor, Habib Tanvir used to tell me that ‘acting is a journey and not a destination.’ It does not matter whether you are a good or a bad actor, what matters is how much you offer.”

Dayanand Shetty said, “I come from a non-acting background and it was my destiny which got me here. CID series influenced our lives in many ways.”




Media Meet

Movie- The Seed / JWLWI  
Rajni Basumatary, Director and Actor.

In conversation with

Shri. Samar Nakhate

( Creative Director)
“The film deals with the insurgency that rocked Assam during the 80’s and 90’s. There were lots of tragedies that took place with families destroyed or dislocated including mine and even after 20 years the ordeal is yet to see the end. Since the women in Assam were the ones who were most affected, I was able to address their problem through this movie,” said Rajni Basumatary, Director and Actor.

The Seed is a Bodo-language Indian film which reflects the insurgency problem, excesses of security forces, insecurity among the rural masses who were tortured or killed in Assam.

“Some of the characters in the film are the victims themselves who gave a natural and powerful performance even though it was painful for them to relive the moments,” said Basumatary.


पुण्याचा  विकास व नागरी प्रश्न सोडवण्यासाठी पंचसूत्री कार्यक्रमावर भर देणार -आबा बागुल 
पुणे महानगरपालिका काँग्रेस पक्ष गटनेते पदी माझी निवड करून माझ्यावर जो विश्वास टाकला त्याबद्दल काँग्रेसपक्ष अध्यक्षा  श्रीमती सोनिया गांधी,   खासदार राहुल गांधी, प्रदेश अध्यक्ष बाळासाहेब थोरात ,जेष्ठ नेते पृथ्वीराज  चव्हाण व अशोक चव्हाण,उल्हास पवार  आणि पुण्यातील पक्ष्याचे सर्व नेते पदाधिकारी,नगरसेवक यांच्याबद्दल कृतज्ञता  व्यक्त करतो १९९२ पासून सलग सहा वेळा मी काँग्रेस पक्षाचा नगरसेवक म्हणून निवडून आलो आहे, पक्षाने अनेक पदांची जबाबदारी माझ्यावर टाकली. 


या गेल्या २८ वर्ष्यांच्या अनुभवाचा फायदा पुण्याचा विकास आणि प्रश्न सोडवण्यासाठी नक्की होईल हा मला विश्वास वाटतो 
पुण्यात सत्ताधारी पक्षाने बहुमताच्या आधारे नागरिकांच्या हिता  विरुद्धचे निर्णय घेऊ नये याबद्दल मी दक्ष राहिलच याशिवाय काँग्रेस, शिवसेना व राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेस पक्ष यांच्या महाविकास आघाडीचे सरकार राज्यात आहे.


त्यांच्याकडून पुण्याचे नागरी प्रश्न सोडवण्यासाठी आणि विकास योजना राबविण्यासाठी मोठा निधी मित्र पक्षाच्या सहकार्याने राज्य सरकारकडून आणण्यावर माझा भर राहील.
पुण्याच्या पाच प्रमुख प्रश्नांबाबत मी विशेष जागृतीने व आग्रही भूमिकेतून काम करणार आहे. पुण्याची कोरोना च्या पार्श्वभूमीवर  पुण्याची सार्वजनिक आरोग्यसेवा अधिक सक्षम करून पुणे सिटिझन्स हेल्थ ग्रीन कार्ड सारखी योजना राबविणे, इंदिरा संजीवनी झोपडपट्टी पुनर्वसन  योजनेस मान्यता घेऊन झोपडपट्या  आणि झोपडपट्टीवासियांचे सक्षम पुनर्वसन करणे , पुण्याच्या वाहतूक प्रश्नावर  रामबाण उपाय असणाऱ्या हाय कपॅसिटी मास ट्रानझिट रोड (एचसीएमटीआर) हा मूळ प्रस्तावित २४ मीटर चा एलेवेटेड मार्ग पूर्ण करून घेणे, तळजाई टेकडी पर्यावरण पूरक हरित कवच निर्माण  व्हावी यासाठी तळजाई विकास प्रकल्प राबविणे आणि जपानच्या जायका  कंपनीतर्फे पुरस्कृत मुठा नदी विकास प्रकल्प पूर्ण क्षमतेने व गतीने राबविणे.पुणेकरांच्या दृष्टीने महत्वाच्या असणाऱ्या पाच बाबींवर  मी प्राधान्याने काम करणार आहे.


या सोबतच कचरा व्यवस्थापन व  शुद्ध पाणीपुरवठा, प्रदूषण नियंत्रण आणि युवावर्ग  व महिलांना चांगला रोजगार आणि महिलांना सुरक्षित वातावरण याला देखील  काँग्रेस पक्षांच्या माध्यमातून मी प्राधान्य देणार आहे. 
पुणेकर नागरिकांचे मोलाचे सहकार्य मला लाभावे आणि पुणेकरांचे नागरी प्रश्न सुटण्यास व पुण्याचा चौफेर विकास गतिमान होण्यासाठी मी करणार असलेल्या कामास पुणेकरांचे आशीर्वाद मिळावेत हि भावना हे पद स्वीकारताना मी व्यक्त करतो.