It was a dramatic emotional moment for guru-shishyas, who had gathered at the IBN7 Guru Shishya Awards Night to celebrate the sacred Indian concept of the ‘guru-shishya parampara’.
Speaking on the occasion, Ashutosh, Managing Editor, IBN7 said, “The guru-shishya relationship has been the cornerstone of our religious and educational traditions, and today we honour this unconditional and selfless bond.”
The Chief Guest BJP President Nitin Gadkari felicitated the winners.
Celebrated duo from the ad world was prominent as they formally acknowledged their guru-shishya relationship. Guru Piyush Pandey and Shishya Prasoon Joshi took centre stage to talk about the special bond they shared.
Joshi paid a big tribute to his guru by stating that, “Piyush knows how to teach like a guru and then set the shishya free.” That, observed Guru Raghu Rai, an eminent photographer, was the most poignant, fitting description of a true ‘guru’.
Both, Pandey and Joshi, spoke exclusively to exchange4media about this bonding. Despite the cut-throat, rat race image that the ad world has, Pandey said that leaders do not shy away from sharing. If ego comes in the way, he said that it would be “unfair to the guru and the shishya”. About the quality that made Joshi his favourite shishya, he said, “We shared the common platform of Indian-ness, we are sensitive to this aspect, trying to do things in the Indian way for the Indian people – for the common people and not the elite.” The biggest thing that Joshi has learnt from his guru is “self belief, be honest and be true to what you believe in”.
Another touching moment was when veteran actor Om Puri saluted his guru Ebrahim Alkazi, who embodies the tradition of theatre and is an institution by himself. Om Puri said he was immensely grateful, adding, “Learning acting can actually increase your vision and can enrich society.”
India is no stranger to the tradition of Guru and Shishya, which has been in existence for ages. IBN7 Guru Shishya Awards celebrated the unconditional relationship between a student and a teacher.
This initiative recognised the extraordinary contributions made by inspirational gurus in the lives of their shishyas, across different walks of life. The awards are aimed at recognising, celebrating and honoring the Guru-Shishyas who are extraordinary achievers and have made significant contribution across various fields. It awarded Guru-Shishya duos, highlighting the achievement of the Shishya that has made his Guru proud.
IBN18 Editorial Board selected the Guru-Shishya winners, comprising remarkable achievers in fields such as advertising, sports, entertainment, business, education, arts, photography and social service.
Guru Shishya Award Winners for 2012
Guru Ebrahim Alkazi and Shishya Om Puri (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Guru Piyush Pandey and Shishya Prasoon Joshi
Guru Shiamak Davar and Shishya Aneesha Dalal
Guru Popatrao Pawar and Shishya Rajendra Thange
Guru Rana Kapoor and Shishya Raakhe Kapoor
Guru Mahabir Singh and Shishyas Geeta and Babita Phogat
Guru Anjolie Ela Menon and Shishya Vimmi Indra
Guru Shovana Narayan and Shishya Madhura Phatak
Guru Raghu Rai and Shishya Nitin Rai
IBN7 in partnership with Pratap University had organised the second edition of Guru Shishya Awards in the Capital on July 5.