PUNYABHUSHANS

Punyabhushans Awardees

Every year one renowned personality of Pune from the field of art, music, culture, science, industry, social service and sports is chosen as the Pride of Pune and is felicitated at a very special public function in the city. We have been fortunate that many national personalities and dignitaries have attended the Punyabhushan presentation ceremony as the Chief-Guest-of-Honour.

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2016

Awardee : Shri. Bhai Vaidya

Field : Socialist

Awardee By : Shri. Sharad Yadav

Chief Guest : Shri. Sharad Pawar

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Shankar Bandobo Burungale
  • Shri. Baburao Balasaheb Patil (Kivalkar)
  • Shri. Yashwant Ramchandra Namjoshi
  • Shri. Balasaheb Baburao Jambhulkar
  • Shri. Arvind Vasudev Manolkar
  • Shri Datta Gandhi

2015

Awardee : Shri. Prataprao Pawar

Field : Journalism & Media

Awardee By : Shri. Pranab Mukherjee - President of India & Shri. Sharad Pawar

Chief Guest : Hon. Shri. Devendra Phadanvis - Chief Minister, Maharashtra

Freedom Fighters :

  • Smt. Malatibai Datane
  • Shri. Durganand Waman Gaitonde
  • Shri. Baburao Shankar Jangam
  • Shri. Shankarrao Mangesh Hodarkar
  • Shri. Vitthal Parshuram Mahajan

2014

Awardee : Dr. Cyrus Poonawala

Field : Serum and Vaccinations

Awardee By : Shri. Sharad Pawar & Shri. Narayan Murty

Chief Guest : Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar - Chairman, Punyabhushan Selection Committee

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Madhukar Sakharam Phadnis
  • Shri. Devichand Narsaji Rathod
  • Smt. Shanta Ranade
  • Shri. Eknath D Kothavde
  • Shri. Gajabhau Rakhmaji Pingale

2013

Awardee : Shri. Sudhir Gadgil

Field : Anchor and Comperer

Awardee By : Shri. Sharad Pawar & Smt. Asha Bhosale

Chief Guest : Shri. Amin Sayani - Veteran Anchor & Comperer

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Narayan Balwanta Surse
  • Shri. Chandrakant Keshavrao Payagude
  • Shri. Chaganlal Khivraj Anecha
  • Shri. Ganpat Dagdu Gaikwad
  • Shri. Balkrushna Dattatray Mirajkar

2012

Awardee : Smt. Nirmalatai Purandare

Field : Women and Child Welfare

Awardee By : Dr. Vikas Amate

Chief Guest : Prof. Dr. Ram Takwale

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Narayan Govind Shukla
    (92 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Madhukar Nirpharake
  • Shri. Vishwanath Khangte
  • Shri. Chandrakant Shankarrao Borate
  • Shri. Vasant Dattatray Joshi

2011

Awardee : Dr. H.V. Sardesai

Field : Medicine

Awardee By : Hon. Shri. Prithviraj Chavan - Ex Chief Minister

Chief Guest : Dr. Balaji Tambe - Yogacharya

Freedom Fighters :

  • Smt. Shantabai Mukanchand Raisoni
    (87 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Murlidhar Prabhakar Karnik
    (85 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Shankarrao Ramchandra Jagdale
    (90 Yrs.)
  • Lt. Shri. Dinkar Shantaram Mokashi
    (85 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Prabhakar Laxman Gawde

2010

Awardee : Dr. R.C. Dhere

Field : Literature

Awardee By : Dr. S.L. Bhairappa - Veteran Kannada Literary

Chief Guest : Shri. Mahesh Elkunchwar - Playwriter

Freedom Fighters :

  • Smt. Vijaya Shankar Chitale
    (84 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Bimlendu Sengupta
    (87 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Chagan Shantinath Bagewadikar
    (86 Yrs.)
  • Smt. Leelatai Ratilal Merchant
    (86 Yrs.)
  • Dr. Smt. Shanta Ratanlal Kotecha
    (85 Yrs.)

2009

Awardee : Dr. S.B. Mujumdar

Field : Education

Awardee By : Shri. Hamid Ansari - Vice President

Chief Guest : Shri. Hamid Ansari - Vice President

Freedom Fighters :

  • Smt. Sushilabai Moreshwar Bavre
    (91 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Raghunath Narayan Deshmukh
    (80 Yrs.)
  • Adv. Bhakchand Lakhichand Chajed
    (80 Yrs.)
  • Smt. Kusum Vasant Kale
    (81 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Kondo Ranganath Bokil
    (83 Yrs.)

2008

Awardee : Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar

Field : Science

Awardee By : Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam - Ex President

Chief Guest : Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam - Ex President

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Rupchand Jasraj Shrigod
    (87 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Madhav Hari Patwardhan
    (87 Yrs.)
  • Smt. Sena Mahajan
    (81 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Digambar Tatyasaheb Ammaldaar
    (77 Yrs.)
  • Smt. Sudhatai Dattatray Varegavkar
    (76 Yrs.)
  • Smt. Hashmatbi Shaikh Imam
    (68 Yrs.)

2007

Awardee : Dr. Shriram Lagoo

Field : Marathi Drama and Movies

Awardee By : Shri. Girish Karnad - Veteran Actor

Chief Guest : Shri. Gulzar

Freedom Fighters :

  • Prof. Narsinghrao Venkatrao Ratnalikar
    (79 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Prabhudas Dagdudas Sheth
    (78 Yrs.)
  • Sau. Bharati Ramkrushna Nakhate
    (78 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Panditrao Aatmaram Kirve
    (93 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Vilas Manikchand Gandhi
    (78 Yrs.)

2006

Awardee : Dr. Baba Adhav

Field : Labour Union Crusader

Awardee By : Hon. Sitaram Yechury - Khasdar

Chief Guest : Shri. P.B. Sawant - Retd. Judge - Supreme Court

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Namdeo Maruti Gholap
    (71 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Dinkarrao Bandoji Patil
    (86 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Dinkar Madhavrao Satarkar
    (93 Yrs.)
  • Dr. Tarachand B. Rakecha
    (82 Yrs.)
  • Smt. Usha Damodar Desai
    (81 Yrs.)

2005

Awardee : Dr. Rohini Bhate

Field : Dance

Awardee By : Shri. Sushilkumar Shinde - Ex Union Minster

Chief Guest : Smt. Vijaya Mehata

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Janardan Supadu Sonar
    (80 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Mohan Ranade
    (75 Yrs.)
  • Adv. Tulsiprasad Jayram Patel
    (85 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Kanayalal Hiralal Rathi
  • Shri. Ramchandra Dhanaji Jadhav
    (80 Yrs.)
  • Smt. Tarabai Shroff

2004

Awardee : Dr. K.B.Grant

Field : Medicine

Awardee By : Shri. Somnath Chatterjee - Ex. Loksabha Speaker

Chief Guest :

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Prurushottam N Bhogate
    (78 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Raosaheb Rangrao Khalkar
  • Shri. Shrikrushna Hari Thakurdesai
  • Smt. Malini Vasant Tulpule
    (82 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Ranganath Tryambak Pund
  • Smt. Tarabai Shroff

2003

Awardee : Shri. Rahulkumar Bajaj

Field : Industrialist

Awardee By : Sgri. N. Ram - Editor, The Hindu

Chief Guest : Shri. Sharad Pawar

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Babulal Premraj Jhamwar
  • Shri. Krushna Gopal Deshpande
  • Shri. Prabhakar Keshav Khare
  • Shri. Kishore Ramrao Pawar
  • Smt. Vimaltai Garud

2002

Awardee : Dr. Jabbar Patel

Field : Drama & Movie

Awardee By : Shri. Dilipkumar - Veteran Actor

Chief Guest : Shri. Vijay Tendulkar

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Ramchandra Gopal
  • Shri. Yashwant Sakharam Choudhari
  • Shri. Shivram Sitaram Abhyankar
  • Sau. Sheela Vishnu Gulavani
  • Smt. Leelatai Appasaheb Bhosale

2001

Awardee : Shri. Jayantrao Tilak

Field : Journalism

Awardee By : Shri. Vilasrao Deshmukh - Ex. Chief Minister

Chief Guest : Prof. G.P. Pradhan - Veteran Freedom Fighter

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Prabhakar Dashrath Gupte
  • Dr. Narendra Malkaji Chillal
  • Shri. Narayan Dattatray Shirolkar
  • Shri. Anandrao Ramchandra Gade
  • Sau. Vimal Vtthal Bhagwat

2000

Awardee : Shri. Chandu Borde

Field : Sports

Awardee By : Shri. Kapil Dev & Sachin Tendulkar

Chief Guest : Shri. Polly Umrigar & Bapu Nadkarni

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Vitthal Dasopant Sukatankar
  • Shri. Baburaoji Gopalraoji Jadhavrao
  • Shri. Gopalsingh Shankarsingh Pardeshi
  • Shri. Prabhakar Mahule
  • Sau. Nalini Gajanan Dubhashi

1999

Awardee : Shri. Prataprao Godse

Field : Social Work

Awardee By : Smt. Lata Mangeshkar

Chief Guest : Shri. Baba Maharaj Satarkar

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. K. L. Joshi
  • Sau. Indira Prabhakar Gupte
  • Dr. W.N. Kuber
  • Shri. Vitthal Ganesh Bhide
  • Smt. Shanta Dattatray Kelkar
  • Shri. Namdev Kaluram Kachi

1998

Awardee : Dr. Jayant Naralikar

Field : Astronomy

Awardee By : Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Chief Guest : Shri. Manohar Joshi - Ex. Chief Minister

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Chunilal Sethiya
  • Shri. V.V.Nene
  • Shri. Abdul Latif Sayani
  • Smt. Kusum Randive
  • Smt. Vijaya Patwardhan

1997

Awardee : Shri. Mohan Dhariya

Field : Environmentalist

Awardee By : Shri. Pandurang Shastri Athavale

Chief Guest : Hon. Shri. Chandrashekar- Ex. Prime Minister

Freedom Fighters :

  • Smt. Anjani Gulabrao Pawar
  • Shri Yashwant Shankarrao Bhongle
  • Dr. Shankar Krushna Purandare
    (80 Yrs.)
  • Dr. Surendra S Barlinge
    (77 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Ananatrao Patil
    (78 Yrs.)

1996

Awardee : Dr. R.N. Dandekar

Field : Orientalist

Awardee By : Dr. Shriram Lagoo

Chief Guest : Shri. Madhav Gadkari

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Chandrakant Ganpat Khatri
    (75 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Kantilal Jivraj Shah
    (73 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Baburao Venkatesh Patil
    (76 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Rambhau Tupe
    (75 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Ganpat Sambhaji Kharat
    (76 Yrs.)

1995

Awardee : Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar

Field : Yoga

Awardee By : Shri. Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari - Judge

Chief Guest : Prof. Shivajirao Bhosale

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Narubhai Limaye
  • Shri. Vasantrao Aalekar
  • Shri. Shantibhai Jobanputra
  • Shri. Chandmalji Katariya
  • Shri. Gopalrao Patwardhan

1994

Awardee : Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare

Field : Historian

Awardee By : Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Chief Guest : Shri. P.L.Deshpande

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Balasaheb Bharde
  • Smt. Ushatai Aalekar
  • Shri. Shivlinga Ramlinga Swamy
  • Shri. Chatursingh Shankarsingh Pardeshi
  • Shri. Vasantrao Shankarrao Mahagavkar

1993

Awardee : Shri. P.L.Deshpande

Field : Sahitya - Literature, Drama & Arts

Awardee By : Shri. Madhu Danadvate - Ex Union Minster

Chief Guest : Pt. Bhimsen Joshi

Freedom Fighters :

  • Smt. Tarabai Ramchandra Sathe
    (80 Yrs.)
  • Shri. S.G. Thorat
  • Smt. Anusuya Shripad Limaye
    (77 Yrs.)
  • Prof. Vasant Bapat
  • Shri. Madhavraoji Memane
    (83 Yrs.)

1992

Awardee : Dr. Banu Koyaji

Field : Medicine

Awardee By : Shri. Sharad Pawar

Chief Guest :

Freedom Fighters :

  • Adv. G.N. Joglekar
    (62 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Anant N Sathe
    (72 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Jayvant Jagganath Walavkar
    (64 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Namdevrao Balwantrao Mujmale
    (78 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Prabhakar Bhaskar Kale
    (68 Yrs.)

1991

Awardee : Shri. Shantanurao Kirloskar

Field : Industrialist

Awardee By : Shri. C Subramanyam - Governor

Chief Guest :

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. G.P. Pradhan
    (68 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Babumiya Bandwale
    (85 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Mastarrao Genba Mandekar
    (82Yrs.)
  • Shri. Chandrakant Pitambar Mehta
    (66 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Ramlinga Limbaraj Sontakke
    (76 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Govind Mahipat Kale
    (63 Yrs.)

1990

Awardee : Late. Dr. D. G. Kelkar

Field : Archeaology

Awardee By : Nanasaheb Gore - Veteran Leader

Chief Guest :

Freedom Fighters :

  • Smt. Kamal Bhagwat
    (74 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Ramchandra Baburao Bhosale
    (69 Yrs.)
  • Dr. D.T. Danadvate
    (68 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Yashwant Venkatesh Javadekar
  • Sri. Krushnaswami Aapayya Gudmethi
    (79 Yrs.)

1989

Awardee : Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

Field : Music

Awardee By : Shri. Vasant Sathe - Ex Union Minster

Chief Guest : Shri. Shantanurao Kirloskar

Freedom Fighters :

  • Shri. Shiribhau Limaye
    (73 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Abbas Bandubhai Shaikh
    (72 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Narsinha Mahadev Tilekar
    (71 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Dattatray Mahadev Jagtap
    (72 Yrs.)
  • Shri. Vitthal Harilal Khatri
    (71 Yrs.)