The Award for Overall Contribution to Art Conferred to Rama Pandey
Pune, 20th April 2017: Media veteran Rama Pandey was conferred with the Vishwa Vageshwari Samman given by the Vishwa Hindi Sahitya Parishad, for her immense contribution to the arts, in an event in Pune, on Wednesday. The award was given in presence of spiritual Guru Shri Shri Ravishankar, former President of India Dr. Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Maharashtra Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat among other dignitaries.
A multi- dimensional woman of caliber, Rama Pandey has served as a journalist with BBC Hindi, Voice of America, CBC Canada and Radio Netherland TV Centre Holland. Besides this, she has also acted in films, has written, directed and produced many TV soaps. She has been constantly working to help promote the Indian culture not only in India but also abroad. Her TV show Jaane Apna Desh is specifically about India’s forgotten heritage.
Rama Pandey says, “It’s an honour that I have been recognized for my overall contribution to art. I am using my experience in theatre, television and films to preserve the traditional arts. “I have recently started a foundation called RATNAV to protect the oral and folk art traditions of India. The idea is to give unconditional service to bring the folk artists involved in traditional oral arts before vast audiences,” she adds.
The Vishwa Vageshwari Samman is bestowed every year in recognition of the service in the field of art, literature, social service, journalism, education, health and cultural heritage. Many artists and scholars from all over India were present at the event to mark the extravagant celebration.
The co-recipients of the award include Justice Gyan Sudha Misra (Retd. Supreme Court), Dr. Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti (Sancheti Hospital), Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (Sulabh International), Dr. Harish Naval (Prof. Hindu College), Dr. Aruna Dhere (Marathi Author), among others.
About Rama Pandey: Rama Pandey is the founder of Rama Theatre Natya Vidya (RATNAV) and Montage Films. Born and brought up in Jaipur, she started her career as a child artiste. She has played the role of lead actress in many popular plays like Shatranj Ke Mohre, Ashar Ka Ek Din, Bhumija, Kanchanrang, Jasma Odan and Shuturmurg etc. Apart from Doordarshan and Aakashwani she was associated and worked with BBC Hindi, Voice Of America, CBC Canada and Radio Netherland TV Centre Holland. She has written, produced and directed many documentaries, tele-films and TV shows for Doordarshan and various Central and State ministries, PSUs, universities and other organizations. She has written books on women and children. “Begum Bano Aur Khatoon”, “Faisle” and “Suno Kahani” are her popular books. She has won many national and international awards for her contribution in the field of theatre and television.
About Ratnav: Rama Theatre Natya Vidya (RATNAV is a foundation for the preservation of traditional oral arts of India and is Rama Pandey’s dream venture. RATNAV works on livelihood of artists and promotes their art through theatre performances. Their first production ‘Giraftari’, a Hindi adaptation of Franz Kafka novel ‘The Trail’, used Keerat from Rajasthan and Tasha Dhol and Nafiri instrument from the street of Delhi. Their next production is an exceptional play in Dogri, using Kalali, a little known folklore tradition from Rajasthan.