When mighty moms take centre stage

7 wonder women, who gave birth to steel city achievers, felicitated

By Our Correspondent in Jamshedpur
  • Published 14.05.18
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EVERYDAY ICONS: Deputy commissioner Amit Kumar gifts a certificate to Meena Bose, one of the mighty moms, as Premlata Agarwal looks on. Picture by Bhola Prasad

Jamshedpur: What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than honouring the mighty moms of the steel city?

Recognising the contribution of mothers in raising their children, The Telegraph, in association with Super Power detergent powder, Chhaganlal Dayaljee Jewellers, GIIT Professional College and Hotel Jiva, hosted an event titled The Mighty Mom at a hotel in Sakchi on Sunday.

The event had East Singhbhum DC Amit Kumar as chief guest and Everester and Padma Shri Premlata Agarwal, XLRI professor Sanjeev Varshney and social worker Alokananda Bakshi as guests of honour.

But, the real stars of the show were the seven mighty moms.

They were Anjali Chatterjee, mother of Indian Idol fame and singer Rajdeep Chatterjee; Meena Bose, mother of Limca Book of Records holder for the smallest love story book and writer Ajitabha Bose; Sweety Chatterjee, mother of Swachh Bharat crusader Mondrita Chatterjee; Lakshmi Prasad, mother of artist Suman Prasad; Shashi Singh, mother of badminton player Adya Singh; Sangeeta Verma, mother of sport climber Aman Verma; and Salma Hansda, mother of promising archer Luthru Hansda. All the seven recipients were given a stole and a certificate.

"Many mothers in villages are not even aware about Mother's Day. The idea behind this is to respect mothers for all the sacrifices they make for their children," said DC Kumar.

Alokananda Bakshi said motherhood wasn't restricted to biological relationship. "Mother's Day is a celebration of maternal bonding," she added.

Felicitated mothers were overcome with emotion.

"A mother always wants her children to succeed in life. Nothing matters more than seeing one's child stay healthy and happy. I am truly grateful for this honour," said Anjali Chatterjee.

Their children were also equally overwhelmed. Teen archer Luthru Hansda said, "Today (Mother's Day) I promised my mother I will make her proud by taking part in the Olympics and winning gold."

Students of GIIT Professional College also staged cultural performances to entertain mothers with solo and group songs, Bollywood dances and a funny skit. A fun game was also held where blindfolded children had to identify their mothers only by touch. All mothers received roses.