- Mr. Manohar Joshi
- Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Priyadarshni Academy’s National Awards for the year 1996 honours the following eminent personalities who have made significant contributions in their respective fields.
Mr. Pramod Navalkar, Minister of Transport, Protocol, Cultural Affairs and Ports, Maharashtra. Receiving the Public Service Award from Mr. Nanik Rupani.
Mr. K. Padmanabhaiah, Union Home Secretary & Secretary, Justice and Secretary, Department of Jammu & Kashmir Affairs.Receiving the National Award for outstanding contribution to Investigative Journalism from Mr. Manohar Joshi.
Mr. Javed Akhtar, renowned Script Writer and Lyricist. Receiving the National Award for outstanding contribution to Film Lyrics & Script Writing from Mr. K. Padmanabhaiah.
Mr. Balaji Tambe, Founder, Shri Balaji Health Foundation-Research and Development of Ayurvedic Therapies and Medicines. Receiving the National Award for Preservation and Development of Ayurveda from Mr. Manohar Joshi.
Mr. Soloman Raj, Managing Director, Induslnd Bank Ltd. Receiving the National Award for outstanding contribution in the Banking Sector from Mr. Gopinath Munde.
Ms. Madhuri Dixit, Film Artiste. Receiving the Smita Patil Memorial Award for Best Actress from Mr. Manohar Joshi
Dr. Lekha Pathak, Hon. Director, Professor & Head, Department of Cardiology, J. J. Hospital, Mumbai. Receiving the National Award for outstanding contribution in the field of Medicine from Mr. Manohar Joshi.
Dr. I. S. Gilada, Founder, Indian Health Organisation. Receiving the National Award for Promotion of AIDS awareness from Ms. Meenakshi Sheshadri.
Mr. Zargham Haider, Senior Regional Director, ICCR, Ministry of External Affairs. Receiving the National Award for Promotion of International Cultural Relations from Mr. Ramrao Adik.
Mr. Adhik Shirodkar, M. P., Senior Criminal lawyer in India. Receiving the National Award for outstanding contribution in the Legal Field from Mr. Nana Chudasama.
Late Smt. Meenatai Balasaheb Thackeray, Committed Social Worker. Receiving Posthumously the Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Welfare. Mr. Balasaheb Thackeray, Shiv Sena Chief has attended the awards funct