Ushta-te Foundation's 8th Annual Award
9th February 2008, was a very memorable day for Ushta-te Foundation, which hosted
its 8th Annual Award Function. The Programme began with a Monajat sung by the
young ZAGAites. Managing Committee Trustee Ms Meher Medora introduced and
welcomed the dignitaries. The Chief Guest, Dr. Dinyar Pestonjee, the Guest
of Honour Padmavibhushan Smt. Mrinalini Sarabhai, and special Guest Mr.
Hosi Mehta, from Chicago. Ms. Minnie Patel briefly re-counted the activities
of the Trust, during the year.
were given away to the children for Prayer competition, and also to those getting
high percentage marks in S.S.C. & H.S.C. Examinations. Smt. Mrinalini Sarabhai
presented awards in memory of the late Rustomji and Meher Contractor for a Visually
Impaired person, a successful puppeteer and to an organization for its committed
mention must be made here for the three young Zarthusti achievers , who received
the Ushta-te Foundation Awards.These special Awardees were - Ms. Delnaz Jokhi
, who got her M.Phil degree with 1st Class 1st in Statistics , Dr. Shazneen Commissariat
, who got her Ph.D from Lancaster University for her Thesis on " The Aftermath
of Rape in Gujarat - the dialectics of Voice and Silence " and Dr. Roozaan P.
Bharucha who is the chief Scientist at TRDO (Technatronics Research & Development
Organisation) . His work profile includes Space Vehicle Modules, Defence Vehicle
Modules, Radioactive Technology Modules, Artificial Intelligence Systems, Medical
Systems, Self-Intellectual Software & Hardware, Radiation Technology for Medical
Sciences, Hyper Intelligent Robotic System, Cosmic Radiation Systems and its uses.
March 2008, Dr. Roozaan P. Bharucha is nominated to receive The International
R & D Reward for the Best Scientist of 2007-8. No surprise that Dr. Roozaan Bharucha
received a standing ovation. Mr. Jamshed Pardiwalla raised a vote of thanks. Ms.
Pearl Sabawala very ably conducted the proceedings of the programme.
after the awards presentation a dance-drama "And they came to India " , by Ms.
Mallika Sarabhai and her NATRANI Group , was staged .The Times of India , in its
article the next day , very aptly described it as "Reliving Parsi History on stage
". Ms. Mallika Sarabhai , as the narrator , took the audience through 3500 years
of history of the Zarthustis starting from King HOSHANG to the time of their arrival
in the court of Jadav Rana . The entire presentation was , very uniquely & effectively
conceptualized . The lively detailed commentary, the colorful costumes , and the
graceful dancing in tune with the martial & Persian music , made the whole experience
an extremely enjoyable and enthralling one .
Sarabhai giving away the prizes)
Meher Medora addressing the audience)
singing devotional songs