Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was honoured with the Pazhassiraja Purashkaram- 'Abhinaya Kaala Ratna' by the Pazhassi Raja Charitable Trust. Other recipients of this award were Lata Mangeshkar, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and many others from other fields. Earlier this award has only been conferred to Mr. Amitabh Bachchan from the Hindi Film Industry and now Lata Mangeshkar and Aishwarya have joined the eminent list of recipients.
Aishwarya could not attend the event as she had a prior family commitment out of town but a message was sent across where she said, "I'd like to dedicate this award to every professional I've worked with throughout my career and to all my audiences in India and the world over for their love, support and blessings.....and my family."
The ceremony was to happen in Delhi earlier in the year in the presence of the President of India but due to the sad demise of his Highness Sankara Varma (the senior Raja of Pazhassi Kovilalam) the ceremony as rescheduled to be staged in Mumbai in the presence of His Excellency, The Governor of Maharashtra now.
The Pazhassi Rajakeeya Puraskaram is an award which has been instituted by the Pazhassi Raja Charitable Trust and it's a distribution ceremony were eminent personalities of international reputation from across the country are honoured.
Pazhassi Raja Charitable Trust was formed with the noble intention of remembering the great pioneer freedom fighter Veera Pazhassi Rajaand his uncompromising patriotism and of introducing him to the new generation. This, we hope will enlighten them of the chivalrous stories of the fight against the alien rule. This enables them to redeem them of the dangerous philosophy of terrorism and extremism, which is the major threat to the integrity and unity of our nation. Dr. Peeyush M. Nampoothiripad a young doctor, hailing from Meppayur, a remote village in Kozhikode, is the Founder Trustee and former Chairman of the Pazhassi Raja Charitable Trust. The missions envisioned are the outcome of this young doctor's mastermind.
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