Priyadarshni Academy’s internationally recognised Silver Jubilee Global Awards for the year 2008 honours the following eminent personalities who have made significant contributions in their respective fields.

Presided by

  • Mr. Sharad Pawar
  • (Chief Minister of Maharashtra)

Chief Guest

  • Mr. Balram Jakhar
  • (Union Minister for Agriculture, Govt. of India)

Special Guests :

  • Ms. Poonam Dhillon Thakeria
  • Ms. Meenakshi Sheshadri

Guest of Honour

  • Mr. Ramrao Adik
  • (Minister for Finance & Planning, Govt. of Maharashtra)
  • Mr. Villasrao Deshmukh
  • (Minister for Revenue, Govt. of Maharashtra)
  • Barrister Marzban J. Patrawala
  • (Minister of State for Gen. Information, PR and Finance Govt. of Maharashtra)

Guest of Honour

  • Smt. Prabha Rau
  • (Chairperson, Women's Commission, Maharashtra)
  • Mr. Govindrao Adik
  • (MP)
  • Mr. I. M. Kadri
  • (Sheriff of Mumbai)

Guest of Honour

  • Mr. Nana Chudasama
  • (Former Sheriff of Mumbai)
  • Mr. Harcharan Singh Josh
  • (President - Indian Council of World Affairs)
  • Rev. Fr. Aurelius Maschio
  • (St. Don Bosco School, Matunga)


Mr. Nari H. Gursahani, Senior Advocate, President, Constitutional Forum of India, International Sindhi Panchayats Federation. Receiving the Educational Award from Ms. Poonam Dhillion.

Mr. P. S. Deodhar, leading industrialist in the Electronics field. Receiving the National Award for Harnessing Technology for National Development from Mr. Sharad Pawar.

Mr. Anand Mahendroo, Managing Director, Video City India Ltd. Receiving the National Award for Prevention of Drug Addiction from Mr. Govindrao Adik.

Master Aditya Narayan Jha, Versatile Child Singer. Receiving the Kishore Kumar Memorial Award for Music for Music from Ms. Meenakshi Sheshadri.

Ms. Manisha Koirala, renowned Film Actress. Receiving the Smita Patil Memorial Award for Best Actress from Mr. Sharad Pawar.

Mr. Prahlad P. Chhabria, Chairman, Finolex Group of Companies. Receiving the Sucessful Businessman of the year Award from Mr. Sharad Pawar.

Mr. Kapil Dev, Well known Cricketer National Award for Sports.

Late Shri Lalit N. Doshi, Secretary, Industry Dept. Government of Maharashtra. National Award for the Public Service.