Amrita Awards for Outstanding Contribution 2013
The “Amrita Awards for Outstanding Contribution 2013”, instituted by Amrita TV to recognize exemplary achievers in different arenas of endeavour were conferred on E.Sreedharan, Kapil Dev, V V S Laxman and Abhilash Tomy.The Awards were given away at a public event by Prof K.V.Thomas,Union Minister on 20 April 2013 at Cochin.
At the glittering ceremony held along with the Amrita Film Awards, attended by a galaxy of film stars and eminent people from all walks of life, Mr Sreedharan whose pathbreaking engineeering marvels changed the lives of people across India, announced that he would be donating the Prize amount of Rs 5 Lakhs for charity. Kapil Dev expressed his gratitude to Amrita TV for the award, remarking that he prided in playing for the country and that ‘he loved Keralites who were very simple; he loved Kerala food even better’. VVS Laxman was thrilled to be sharing the dais with Kapil Dev ‘his childhood hero’, and remembered his days with the erstwhile IPL Team,Kochi Tuskers .
Abhilash Tomy said that while thousands of adventurers have climbed the Everest or gone to space, only 79 persons have undertaken a solo voyage across the oceans–and that he couldnt fathom from where he gathered the confidence and fearlessness to undertake the voyage.