Muscat: Well-known social activist Sunitha Krishnan was honoured with the Kairali-Ananthapuri Award 2014 at the Indian Community Festival organised by the Kerala Wing of the Indian Social Club recently.
Sunitha has been a champion in the fight against exploitation of women and children. She is the co-founder and the chief functionary of Prajwala, an NGO that assists trafficked women and children find shelter and rehabilitation.
J. S. Mukul, Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman honoured her with the award.
In her address, Sunitha spoke about her journey as a social activist and chief functionary and co-founder of Prajwala, a non-governmental organisation that rescues, rehabilitates and reintegrates sex-trafficked victims into society.
The three-day event held recently at the Marah Land, Qurum under the banner of 'Children are not just children' was designed to enthral youngsters who benefited from the educational perspective, besides enjoying the pomp and pageantry in its real mood of festivity.
The event saw a huge turnout of audience who were treated to a plethora of programmes including an array of traditional art forms of Kerala like Panchavadyam, Chenda Melam, Maargamkkali, Thiruvathirakkali, Maappilapattu and other cultural programmes which were performed by veteran artistes.
Earlier, Sunitha Krishnan inaugurated the programme as the chief guest in the presence of distinguished guests, office-bearers of the Kerala Wing of the Indian Social Club, members of expatriate Indian community, mostly from the state of Kerala, teachers and students of Indian schools in Oman.
"Indian Community Festival has proved to be a very prestigious event in Oman for the past 11 years and this year, too, we saw a tremendous increase in the level of participation and audience footfall," said organisers.
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Amongst many stage as well as off-stage events on the cards, the Science Exhibition was one of the main attractions for the science enthusiasts in general and students in particular.
"The Kerala Wing of Indian Social Club, the name synonymous with the Indian community living in and around Muscat, has been in the forefront, taking many initiatives to provide interactive, participatory, innovative and creative learning experiences in the field of arts, sports and science to the students of Indian schools in Oman.
We are glad to have added the educational element to the festivities," said P. M. Jabir, chairman of the organising committee.
Rejilal K., Convener of Kerala Wing, said, "In order to provide a platform for our budding talents to showcase their skills in science and scientific aptitude, and keeping in mind the lack of exposure they receive, compared to their counterparts back in India, we for the first time in the history of this annual mega festival, decided to include a 'Science Exhibition' at school level. We received a tremendous response."