The highly prestigious national award Champions of Change Award 2021 was organized on 26 February 2023 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Former Hon’ble President of India Sh. Ram Nath Kovind was the Chief Guest of the occasion. Sh. Ram Nath Kovind conferred the awardees with Gold medal and certificates.
The dignitaries who were awarded were Union Minister, Revolutionary Laxmi Sehgal, Legendary author Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Pt Chhannulal Misra, Sub Major Sanjay Kumar, Former PS to Hon'ble PM of India Sh Nripendra Misra, Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, Sh Anuj Wahi, Dr Sundeep Aanand, Former Union Minister Ashok Pradhan, Founder of MeghaShrey NGO Seema Singh, Film Actress Juhi Chawla, Indian actor R Madhavan, Astrologer Sohini Sastri, Dr Mir Jawad Zar Khan, Dhyara Batra, and Sh Debashish Patnaik.
Famous Indian Classical Singer and Padma Vibhushan Pt Chhannulal Misra received the award at the hands of Sh Ramnath Kovind.
Pandit Chhannulal Mishra is a celebrated Hindustani classical singer from Banaras, and is widely regarded as one of the foremost exponents of the Kirana gharana of Hindustani classical music, particularly the Khayal and the 'Purab Ang' – Thumri. He is also a recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India.
With a career spanning over six decades, Pandit Mishra has established himself as a prominent figure in the world of Indian classical music, and has won numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the art form.
Throughout his career, Pandit Mishra has been a champion of traditional Indian music, and has worked to preserve and promote this rich cultural heritage for future generations. He has also been actively involved in various social initiatives, including the promotion of education and art music, and has used his platform to raise awareness about important social issues.
Pandit Mishra's contributions to Indian classical music are truly remarkable, and his dedication to social causes is equally inspiring. For his immense contribution in the field of music and arts, he is being conferred with the Champions of Change Award, 2021.
Champions of Change is an Indian award, for promoting Gandhian values, (Swachata), community service and social development in Aspirational (undeveloped) districts in India, selected by Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Former Chief Justice of India and Former Chairman NHRC along with former judges of the Supreme Court of India, diplomats and senior journalists.
Interactive Forum on Indian Economy annually organizes Champions of Change Award at International, National and state-Level in India and it is usually presented by the President, Vice-President, Governor or the constitutional persons of India. From this year onwards, this award will be organized internationally at Washington DC, USA by the name of ‘Global Champion of Change’. Advocate Nandan Jha is the founder and Chairman of Champions of Change Award.