4 Oct :Seven professionals from different fields were honoured by First Friday Forum, at a special function held here on October 4, for outstanding work in their respective fields. Founder of the Forum Dr SS Bhatti, Former Principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture, conferred the awards on: Ar RR Handa, Mrs Shobha Koser, Pandit Yashpaul, Mr NS Rattan, Mr SD Sharma, Ar Balvinder Saini, and Ar Surinder Bahga. Certificate of Commendation was awarded to Angadbir Singh, student of class X-A, Vivek High School, and Oshin Kataria, student of class Plus I, Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, for the essay on “Architecture and Music” entered in First Friday Forum Essay Writing Contest-2009
First Friday Forum was established in October 1999 to provide an open platform for experience-based discourses, initiated by professionals from different fields of human endeavour, to evoke active participation and interaction from people of diverse backgrounds and occupations. The Forum acts as an Art Nursery for Interactive Propagation of Creativity, Culture, and Civility. It has been regularly organising lectures and audio-visual presentations, on the First Friday of every month, on themes and issues as varied as Indian Classical Music, Rainwater Harvesting, Art and Culture, Heritage, Architecture, Theology, Vãstu, Yoga, and Modern Urbanism.
The Built-Environment is the product of multi-aspected, many-layered, collaborative creativity of architects, planners, engineers, landscape designers, administrators, and builders. When put to use, it comes alive by the vital inputs from litterateurs, writers, poets, painters, sculptors, theatre artistes, musicians, educationists, shopkeepers, service-providers, and the animating contribution of thousands of anonymous people. It is this hard-to-define exceptional talent for the promotion of Psycho-Social Urbanism which First Friday Forum constantly endeavours to identify, articulate, and honour in the old and the young alike covering all walks of life.
First Friday Forum Awards for Creative Excellence (FFFACE) were instituted in 2006 to honour those professionals/select individuals who have contributed significantly to the aesthetic enhancement of the Built-Environment through outstanding work in their own unique ways. The Award comprises a Shawl, and a Citation.
Ar RR Handa, the senior-most Architect living in Tricity, was honoured in recognition of his glorious services to the cause of Architecture as an accomplished Architect and an able Administrator. He has enhanced the prestige of the profession by the quiet nobility of his spirit and sensitive architectural designs, and done the City Beautiful proud by his creativity and professional commitment.
Mrs Shobha Koser, who, as a captivating performer, calls forth her gazelle-like grace and exceptional virtuosity, to weave a web of fluid rhythm on stage—to take Kathak to new heights of choreographic glory. She was given the award for being one of India’s most successful art and cultural ambassadors among foreign audiences all over the globe!
Pandit Yashpaul won the award for his life-long dedication towards preserving musical heritage, and its continuation through loving cultivation of many upcoming disciples in Guru-Shishya Parampara. Through the life-long Sangeet Sadhna of “Sagun-Piya” [his pen name as a composer], Hindustani Classical Vocal Music has carved for itself a durable niche in the modern world. He is truly the Musical Monarch of India’s north-western region!
The award conferred on Mr NS Rattan recognised his noteworthy contribution to modern Punjabi poetry and short story. His distinction lies in that he writes in his mother tongue, Punjabi, to which he brings the freshness of vibrant contemporary consciousness in offbeat metaphor and engaging narrative. He truly belongs to a genre of creative artists whose existence among the Indian bureaucrats is extremely rare!
Mr SD Sharma was conferred the award in recognition of the enormous contribution he has made to public awakening leading to an aesthetic appreciation of the literary, visual, and performing arts. He brings to his beautiful writings distinguished expertise and experience in the theory, practice, and communication of Fine Arts. The art and cultural ambience of the Tricity’s Built-Environment is so much the richer for his magnificent contribution.
Ar Balvinder Saini won the award for her exceptional architectural and administrative abilities, whereby she has contributed to the aesthetic enhancement of the Built-Environment magnificently. The New Architecture, which she has created for the Judicial and Administrative Complexes, Engineering Colleges, and Polytechnics, is changing the face of modern Punjab.
The award was conferred on Architect Surinder Bahga for his glorious contribution to the Profession of Architecture as a brilliant Architect, Author, Researcher, Journalist, Editor, and an able organiser of seminars and workshops. He has brought together Indian and foreign professionals in interactive discourses to extend the prestige of Architecture to global import.
Certificate of Commendation was awarded to Angadbir Singh, student of class X-A, Vivek High School, and Oshin Kataria, student of class Plus I, Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, for their essay on “Architecture and Music” entered in First Friday Forum Essay Writing Contest-2009