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Nandita Das honoured with Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award 2007
Bollywood Trade News Network
Internationally acclaimed film actress Nandita Das was amongst the 15 Awardees who received the “ Kalpana Chawla Excellence Awards 2007 for Women” from Kalpana Chawla’s father Banarsi Lal Chawla at a Function held on Ist Feb 2007 in Delhi. The Function was organised by Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh Old Boys Association (PECOBA) on the occasion of 4th death anniversary of Kalpana Chawla. Kalpana was an alumnus of Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh & had died in the crash of Space Shuttle Columbia on Ist Feb 2003. Nandita Das said that although she is the recipient of many International Awards, she will cherish memories of this Award for ever as it is instituted in memory of her idol Kalpana Chawla & she received it personally from Kalpana’s father.
Her citation read as under: Nandita Das – “Nandita Das is a Film Actress who has acted in 25 feature films in 9 different languages, including Deepa Mehta's 'Fire' & 'Earth'. 'Bawandar' directed by Jagmohan Mundra won her Best Actress Award at Santa Monica Film Festival in 2001. Also her film ' Amar Bhuvan' directed by Mrinal Sen won her Best Actress Award at Cairo Film Festival in 2002. A master's in social work, she supports social organizations & voices social concerns. She has worked with all top film directors including Mani Ratnam, Shyam Benegal. She herself has directed many short films.”
Kaskmiri folk singer & Padma Shree Shameem Azad, sarod player & Padma Bhushan Sharan Rani, Bharatnatyam exponent & Padma Shree Saroja Vaidyanathan, veteran film-writer Aruna Vasudev, Arjun awardee & India’s ex-Hockey Captain Sita Gusain, Rifle shooter & Arjun Awardee Shilpi Singh, reputed painter Arpana Caur, singing- film heroine of yesteryears Pushpa Hans(declared Padma Shree this year), Kalpana Chawla’s teacher Daljit Kaur Madan, health care specialist Dr Shikha Sharma, Hindi writer Chitra Mudgal & Tamana Chona were some of the other awardees.