Sarjana Sharma, the Deputy Executive Producer at Zee News is being honoured with the Bharat Nirman Award for her contribution to the field of media. Bharat Nirman is a non-governmental organisation which honours citizens for their contribution in the fields of Social Service, Education, Administration, Journalism, Yoga, Astrology, Meditation, Spirituality, Industry, Art, Fashion and Entrepreneurship. The organisation has been following this tradition for the last 20 years.
For Sarjana, winning the award is a social recognition of her work. “It makes me feel that henceforth so many eyes are going to watch what I do, which means I am answerable to a larger society,” she says.
The award catapults her into a prestigious league of personalities like Kiran Bedi, Nandita Das, Indu Jain, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Nafisa Ali and other winners. How does it feel to be in such august company? The winners are legends in their own fields. Certainly, it is a great feeling to be selected for this honour,” says Sarjana.
It comes as no surprise that Sarjana has been selected for this award. Armed with a masters degree in political science, a post-graduate degree in mass communication, diplomas in translation and in Indian art and culture and a photography course, Sarjana has worked in various media houses and on different beats. She has been associated with The Times of India Group and Sunday Mail while also freelancing for various newspapers and magazines. She had a stint in the Hindi Cell of the United States Information Service. She has written scripts for All India Radio and also worked with NCERT (National Council for Education Research and Training).
Her brush with the electronic media started with a production house – Aakriti. She has been with Zee News since 1998. Her work coves a wide range of issues from art and culture, travel and tourism, environment, women issues, human interest stories, organisations of the United Nations and more. “My best stories so far are the ones on Tihar Jail, women in non-conventional professions and the condition of folk artistes,” she opines.
The Bharat Nirman Award ceremony will be held on April 30, 2007 at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. The other awardees this year are Om Prakash Aditya (Poem and Literature), J D Sharma (Public Relations), S C Jain (Judiciary), Prince Singhal (Public Service), Naseer Abdullah (Films), Salil Bhatt (Music), Jatin Das (Art), Kumar Rajesh (Journalism), BulBul Sharma (Art), Ambika Pillai (Beauty), Neera Misra (Social Service) and Seema Midha (Alternate Therapy).