Srinagar: An award ceremony for achievers belonging to the different walks of life was held at SKICC by the Centre for Research and Development Policy (CRDP). The work and contribution of nineteen such achievers was acknowledged. The awardees were from the categories of Social Reform, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Research, Literature, Craft, Innovation, Art, Media, Music, and Sports.
The 19 awardees included Javed Ahmad Tak under the Social Reform category; Dr Mohammad Muzaffer Khan, a clinical psychologist, Dr Rashid Maqbool, an ophthalmologist working during the 2016 crisis, Ghulam Mohammad Sofi, an ambulance driver who despite being hit by pellets drove the patients to the hospital, under the Health category; Adil Mir, owner of ‘Pureweave’ got the award under Entrepreneurship category; Prof. Shakeel A Ramshoo, head, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Kashmir, under the Research category; Dr Sohan Lal Koul, a writer, under the Literature category; Zufa Iqbal, an 18-year-girl who works in the field of Namdagari, under the Craft category; Omar Nissa, boy from remote Tral who owns an online radio FM known under the Innovation category; Zehru Nissa, a Greater Kashmir correspondent, Zuhaib Maqbool, a photojournalist, under the Media category; legendary kashmiri singer Abdul Rashid Hafiz and Ms. Shazia Bashir, a female singer, under the Music category; Mohd. Arif Khan and Sajad Yousuf Dar under the Sports category.
Besides these 11 categories, two more awards were announced by the CRDP which included ‘CRDP Young talent of the year’and the ‘Lifetime Achievement award’. Young talent award went to Ms. Zaira Waseem, a Kashmir child actress featuring in a recent hit bollywood movie Dangal. and the Lifetime Achievement award was given to Bashir Ahmad Bashir, the legendary cartoonist of Srinagar Times.
Bashir Ahmad Bashir expressed his gratitude for the people who have liked and appreciated his work. He said, “Awards often carry dust at shelves but the claps of my own people today is the real award that will reverberate in my heart till I am alive,” he said.
Zaira Waseem, young bollywood said that she feels humbled for being selected for this award.
“I am speechless, I can’t thank people enough for choosing me for this award” Zaira said.
“The CRDP extends congratulations to all the award winners whose genius endowment had made our Kashmir proud on local as well as global platform and we feel this is a proud moment for all us,” said Dr. Peer G.N. Suhail, head of the CRDP.
Musical performances by budding artists, and special performance by Kashmir’s renowned singers Waheed Jeelani and Shazia Bashir also added to the entertaining aura of the event.