Celebrating 2 Billion Meals With Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Honourable President of India
The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s 2 Billion Meals celebration in the presence of Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Honourable President of India, was full of merry fervour! As part of the festivities, held on August 27, 2016, the honourable President unveiled the 2 Billion Meals art installation commemorating the Foundation’s milestone and also symbolically distributed sweets among beneficiary children of the Foundation.
The event was graced by numerous other prominent dignitaries and eminent political figures, including Shri Prakash Javadekar, Honourable Union Minister of Human Resource Development; Shri Siddaramaiah, Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka; Shri Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Honourable Governor of Karnataka; Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Member of Parliament, Former Minister of Human Resource Development, and Science & Technology; Worshipful Mayor of Bengaluru, Shri BN Manjunath Reddy; Member of Legislative Assembly, Mahalakshmi Layout constituency, Shri Gopalaiah K and Mrs Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation.
Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of Akshaya Patra; Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice Chairman of the Foundation and Shri Mohandas Pai, Independent Trustee of the Foundation presided over the event. After the festivities, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and other dignitaries proceeded to have dinner with beneficiary children. In a touching gesture, they also served the meal to the children.
The wonderful evening was anchored by Vasanthi Hariprakash, a renowned anchor and media strategist.
The cost of the kitchen was sponsored by Rural Electrification Corporation