On September 19, 1985, Priyadarshni Academy celebrated its first anniversary by holding an awards ceremony at Mumbai’s iconic Taj Mahal Palace and Towers. It is Mr Rupani’s belief that nothing encourages talent and endeavour better than acknowledgement.
The very first awards evening was attended by the entire cabinet of Maharashtra’s ruling government! Not only was this a feat in itself, but Mr Nanik Rupani had also invited the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Dr Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar and MPCC (I) President, Ms Prabha Rau to attend the ceremony in spite of the widely known political differences that had surfaced between them. It was widely said that reconnecting these two dignitaries was a unique showcase of the humanist in Mr Rupani at work – the ‘Rupani Cement’!