At the fourth edition of The Laadli National Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2011-12 it was Oscar-winning Bhanu Athaiya and Gauri Shinde who stole the spotlight.
The former took home the Laadli Lifetime Achievement Award while the latter was awarded Best Mainline Film for her directorial debut, English Vinglish.
Also spotted at the event were director Ashutosh Gowariker, singer Sunita Rao, R Balki and Pooja Bedi among others.
Shubha Mudgal brought in the entertainment factor with a couple of songs on women empowerment. Also rocking the stage were Shiamak Davar's students.
The awards is organized by NGO, Population First and has been instituted to recognize and encourage media and advertising professionals to keep working on gender issues.
This year's winners were judged by a panel that comprised Vishwanath Sachdev, Sathya Saran, Mahesh Bhatt, Vimla Patil, Pradeep Guha, Deepa Gahlot, Ramesh Narayan, Pradyuman Maheshwani, Prakash Bal Joshi, Aanand Mahendroo, Neeru Nanda, Sameera Khan, Goutam Rakshit, Juhi Chaturvedi and Mrinmayee Ranade.
Here is the complete list of winners:
P.P. Sandhya's Shisuva Vivaham (Child Marriage), Asianet News for Best Issue Based Programme
Shiny Benjamin's Ottayaal, Jaihind TV for Best Documentary
Prajakta Dhulap's Kolhapurchya Leki (Daughters of Kolhapur), IBN – Lokmat for Best Feature
Sharmista Choudhury's Tribal Warrior, The Week for Best Human Interest Story
Amita Bade's Mahila – Kacharavechak Nave…Swachata Vyavasthapak (Waste Managers, Not Garbage Pickers), Prahaar for Best Column
Priyanka Dubey's MadhyaYugeen Pradesh, Tehelka for Best Investigative Report
Neha Bhatt's What A Girl Wants, Outlook for Best Feature
Susama Misra's Sustha Samaj Gathanare Nari (Women in the Creation of a Healthy Society), Margadarshi for Best Article
Deepa Ranganathan's Boys Don’t Cry, The Alternative for Best Feature
DDB Mudra creative team's Age of Marriage (NRHM), DDB Mudra for Best Public Service Advertisement
Sumanto Chattopadhyay's Tejaswini (Tata Steel), Ogilvy & Mather for Best Advertisement
Ranjit Lal's Faces in the Water, Penguin Books India for Best Book (Fiction)
Gita Aravamudan's Disappearing Daughters : The Tragedy of Female Foeticide, Penguin Books India for Best Book (Non-Fiction)
Gauri Shinde's English Vinglish for Best Mainline Film
K V Suveeran's Byari for Best Feature Film
Purva Naresh's Ok Tata Bye Bye for Best Drama
Sylvester da Cunha for Amul Moppet
Bhanu Athaiya for The Laadli Lifetime Achievement Award
In picture: Gauri Shinde
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