In a momentous announcement just before the jubilation of the 75th Republic Day, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, unveiled the distinguished recipients of the Padma Awards 2024. This coveted recognition, bestowed by the Indian Government, applauds exceptional achievements across diverse domains.
Triumphs in Spiritualism and Artistry Unveiled
The list of Padma Shri awardees proudly features Chitta Maharaj of Santi Kali Ashram (Chitta Ranjan Debbarma) and the venerable 63-year-old Rekha Chakma. The former is acknowledged in the realm of Spiritualism, while the latter is celebrated for her mastery in Art (Textile – Weaving – Loin loom). This accolade not only honors their individual brilliance but also marks a historic moment as they become the first from Tripura to receive such recognition in their respective spheres.
Heartfelt Congratulations from Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha
Following the revelation of the awardees, Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha took to his social media platforms to extend warm greetings to both luminaries. Their contributions to society acknowledged on a national stage, received commendation from the state’s highest office.
C.R. Debbarma’s Stalwart Commitment to Spiritualism and Social Upliftment
Renowned as a beacon of spiritualism and a dedicated advocate for the underprivileged Indigenous (Tiprasa) community, C.R. Debbarma has played a pivotal role in fostering education through the Santi Kali Ashram initiative. His endeavors include disseminating the tenets of Hinduism and safeguarding the rich religious heritage and cultural legacy of the Indigenous Tiprasa.
Mrs. Chakma’s Artistic Mastery and Eco-Conscious Initiatives
In contrast, Mrs. Rekha Chakma has earned acclaim for her transformative work with eco-friendly dyed cotton threads, crafting them into traditional designs while championing the use of natural dyes. Her substantial contribution extends to the establishment of “Ujeia Jadha,” a socio-cultural organization dedicated to imparting weaving skills to rural women.
National Recognition and Previous Accolades
This isn’t the first time Mrs. Chakma’s talent has been acknowledged. In 2020, she received greetings from Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani on National Handloom Day, observed on 7th August. As a President Award recipient, her dedication to the art of weaving has garnered attention and admiration at the national level.
In conclusion, the conferment of the Padma Shri Award 2024 upon Chitta Maharaj and Rekha Chakma signifies not just personal achievements but also a celebration of Tripura’s rich cultural tapestry. Their unwavering commitment to spirituality, social service, and artistic excellence brings pride and inspiration to the nation.