The prestigious Annual Award Ceremony ‘Sawai Jaipur Awards 2018’ was held at the Pritam Niwas Courtyard of the City Palace. The ceremony was held in the commemoration of Late Brig. H.H. Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh, MVC of Jaipur. This year the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust gave away awards in as many as 24 categories. The categories had a wide range from service to mankind to preservation of heritage; from medical science to excellence in traditional crafts, among others. This year one more award was added for a significant start-up with great social impact.
The awards consisted of Rs. 31,000 cash, shawl, a replica of the silver urn (Gangajali) placed at the Sarvatobhadra Chowk of the City Palace, citation and a ‘shrifal’.
The programme began with the arrival of Rajmata Padmini Devi, Princess Diya Kumari and the ‘Dharamgurus’ on the stage. The photograph of Shri Govind Dev Ji was then garlanded and the lighting of the lamp was done by them. Later, the late Maharaja’s photograph was also garlanded. Royal Family members then made offerings to the ‘Dharamgurus’ and received their blessings. Then began the award ceremony.
The awards given on the occasion were Raja Dulha Rai Award for social services (Jagriti NGO); Raja Kakil Dev Award for Excellence in Preservation of Heritage and Architecture (Mrs. Parul Zaveri and Mr. Nimsh Patel); Raja Pajvan Dev Award for Excellence in the field of Medicine (Dr. Samaresh Srivastava and Dr. Vaishali Vasavada); Raja Bhagwant Das Award for Excellence in Traditional Crafts (Mr. Deepak Sankit); Mirza Raja Mansingh I Award for Bravery (Constable Sitaram Dogiwal); Mirza Raja Jai Singh I Award for distinguished service in the armed forces (Ms. Tanu Shree Pareek); Mirza Raja Ram Singh I Award for Excellence in Ecological Balance and Improvement in Environment (Ms. Suraj Bai Meena); Maharaja Vishan Singh Award for Excellence in Travel & Tourism (Mr. Sanjay Kaushik); Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II Award for Excellence in the field of Astronomy and related sciences (Pandit Ramesh Chandra Sharma); Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh Award for Excellence in the field of Journalism (Mr. Anand Choudhary); Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I Award for Excellence in enhancing the image of Rajasthan in India and Abroad (Mr. Ajay Piramal); Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh Award for Excellence in the field of History, Literature and Education (The Education Committee of The Maheshwari Samaj Society); Maharaja Sawai Jagat Singh Award for Excellence in Painting and Sculpture (Late Mr. Surendra Pal Joshi); Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II Award for Excellence in the field of Photography (Mr. Rajan Bhatt) and Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II Award for Excellence in the field of Theatre, Film & Television (Mr. Purnendu Shekhar).
Furthermore, other awards were given in the category of Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II Award for Excellence in the field of Sports / Polo (Mr. Amit Asawa); Maharani Marudhar Kanwar Award for MSMS II Museum Trust & JPCT Trust (Mr. Ranjeet Singh Rathore); Maharani Kishore Kanwar Award for excellence in Performing Arts (Kirtankar Babu Lal Saini); Rajmata Gayatri Devi Award for Women’s Excellence (Ms. Brigitte Singh); Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh Award for Excellence in the field of Business and Industry (Mr. Sanjiv Bali and Dr. Kanhaiya Lal Jain); Rajmata Padmini Devi Award for excellence in disciplined services (Mr. Ganpat Singh); Princess Diya Kumari Award for achiever in any field (Mrs. Manju Devi and Ms. Lachi Prajapati) and Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh Award for young achiever in Sports (Mr. Kamlesh Singh Nagarkoti).
The new category of award added this year was Princess Gauravi Kumari Award for significant start-up with great social impact. In this category award was given to ‘Bix42’ (formerly Merapaper).