Christened “An Ode to the Nation,” the contest—being held in memory of the 41 CRPF jawans who gave up their lives to protect the nation—not only presented the students and youths of Bengaluru with an opportunity to showcase their talents but also to pay their tributes to these brave souls.
Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds, said, “These brave jawans have made the supreme sacrifice, laying down their lives to protect us and our nation. It is our way of saluting these martyrs, however small it is. The platform aims to bring together children, women and especially the youth – who are the future of our country, and mobilize them by inspiring them to contribute further to our nation. We are grateful to our partners and friends who have come forward to make our efforts a success.”
The fbb Colors Femina Miss India South 2019 winners walked hand-in-hand with the children from Gifts of God (Sri Sai Krupa Charitable Trust) to spread the message of unity and show the world that the little children are the future of the country.
St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Bangalore received a cheque of Rs. 50,001 towards Mid-day Meal for the needy students, Vasantharatna Foundation received Rs.1 lakh for the stronger future of martyrs’ families and empowering Veer Naris (War Widows) of our Nation, Honourpoint received Rs 50,001 for the development of the online memorial for Indian soldiers and creating support system for martyrs’ families and Sri Sai Krupa Charitable Trust received Rs. 70,001 for development of the education system for orphaned children.
Dr. Fr. Victor Lobo, Principal, St Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Bangalore said, “Life is a free gift from God, Lived not for oneself but others, Which makes life a gift back to God. It is an honor for us at St Joseph’s College (Autonomous) to host an event for a noble cause like this. The contribution of our soldiers is immeasurable and paying tribute to our martyrs is the least we can do.”
This initiative conceived by Senco Gold & Diamonds in collaboration with St. Xavier’s College (Calcutta) Alumni Association’s South Zone Chapter and St. Joseph’s College Alumni/ae Association with brands like Senorita contributing as the Gift Partner, esplanade the Food Partner and Red FM 93.5 the Radio Partner. The day culminated with spellbinding performances by Walking Violinist Dr. Aneesh Vidyashankar and versatile artist Carlyta Mouhini, aka Maria.
Mr. Rudra Shankar Roy, Convener, SXCCAA - South Zone Chapter & Chief Coordinator – ‘An Ode to the Nation’ said, “Today, we all have joined our hands for a cause, not for an applause. This initiative is first of its kind in India where Senco Gold & Diamonds has come together with St Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Bangalore and St. Xavier’s College (Calcutta) Alumni Association’s (SXCCAA) to not only empower the war widows and families of the martyrs’ but also stand beside the orphan children who are the future of this country”
The following guests from various walks of life came forward to express solidarity - Mr. K Unnikrishnan (Father of Maj Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Ashok Chakra) and Mrs. Dhanalakshmi Unnikrishnan (Mother), Ms. Salma Shafeeq Ghori, wife of Major Shafeeq Khan Ghori, Wing Commander M A Afraz (retired), Captain (retired) Naveen Nagappa, Sena Medal, 13 JAK RIF, Kargil War, Major Aditi Mohan (Retired), Lady Indian Army Major, Major Pankaj Adhar (Retired), Mr Saurabh Mukherjee, Deputy commandment of CISF, Regional Head CISB, Col Sandeep Sirohi (Retd), Paratrooper 7 Paras officer, Col Ashok Panghal, Administration K&K sub area, Mr. Rupak Kumar Dutta, IPS, former DG & IGP, Karnataka Police & Member, Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, Dr. K.V Jagadeesh, IPS, DCP (Traffic East), Bangalore, Dr. Fr. Victor Lobo, Principal, St Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Dr. Fr. Melwyn D Cunha, Rector, St Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Mrs. Shashi Shivarudra, Trustee Member, Sri Sai Krupa Charitable Trust, Mr. M Lakshminarayana, ex Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka, President, St Joseph’s College Alumni Association and Director - B.R. Ambedkar School of Economics, Mr. David Sagayaraj, Vice President, St Joseph’s College, Alumni /ae Association, Mr. J C Sharma, VC & MD, Sobha Ltd., Mr Prakash Raj, eminent Film personality and social activist, Mr. Ranjon Ghoshal, eminent theatre personality, Ms. Carlyta Mouhini, Indo-Brazilian Vocalist & Dadasaheb Phalke Music Awardee, Dr. Aneesh Vidyashankar, Walking Violinist, Mrs. Adrija Sen, Founder, Desh Family, Mr. Rudra Shankar Roy, Convener, SXCCAA - South Zone Chapter & Chief Coordinator - An Ode To The Nation, fbb Colors Femina Miss India Kerala 2019: Jane Thompson; fbb Colors Femina Miss India Andhra Pradesh 2019: Nikita Tanwani; fbb Colors Femina Miss India Karnataka 2019: Aashna Bisht; fbb Colors Femina Miss India Tamil Nadu 2019: Rubeiya SK; fbb Colors Femina Miss India Telangana 2019: Sanjana Vij and Mr. Tanmoy Banerjee, Managing Director, Senorita.