Guru Basava Puraskar for Nana Patekar, Vachana Vijayotsava begins In Bidar

Actor Nana Patekar was conferred with the Guru Basava Puraskar for 2017 for his efforts to help farmers in distress in Maharashtra.

Bidar-based Basava Seva Pratishtana gave away the prize to the actor during the Vachana Vijayotsava that began in Bidar on February 9 and will go on 10 and 11th February.

The award includes a cash prize of Rs. 51,000, a citation and a statuette of Basaveshwara, the 12th century saint-poet. The three-day festival will have scholars speaking on the philosophy of Basaveshwara.

Interestingly, last year’s award winner was Prakash Amte, who Nana Patekar played on screen in a Marathi film. Earlier award winners include Anna Hazare and Shivaraj Patil, a judge.

A team led by Akka Annapurna, seer of the Basava Seva Pratishtana, and trust member Basavaraj Dhannur selected the actor for the award.

At the occasion of  Vachana Vijayotsava 2017 a Procession entitled Bidar Basava Ratha Yathre was undertaken. Basava Giri President Akka anna Purna thai, Bidar MP Bhagwanth Khuba, MLA Raheem Khan , Bharatiya Basava Balaga President Babu wali, others were present.

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