Mumbai: Well-known actor Nana Patekar will get the ‘Godavari Gaurav’ award, instituted by city-based ‘Kusumagraj Prathishthan’. The other awardees include dancer Kanak Rele, Chetana Sinha, Dr Shashi Kumar Chitre, Dr Balkrishna Joshi and endurance cyclists Hitendra and Mahendra Mahajan, who successfully completed the world’s toughest ‘Race Across America’, for their contribution in various fields, Prathishthan officials said on Sunday.
The award carries a prize of Rs 21,000 and a memento. The awards will be presented by Marathi writer Madhu Mangesh Karnik on March 10 – the death anniversary of well-known poet and writer V V Shirwadkar, who was popularly known as ‘Kusumagraj’, at the ceremony here, they said.
Sinha has worked in drought areas and formed a women co-operative bank while Doshi is an famous architect. Chitre is a mathematician and astrophysicist, known for his research in Astronomy and Astrophysics.