Faces of India – 345, Pankaj Advani

Faces of India

a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. I bring back souvenirs, frozen moments from my travels, why not some memories of people I have met and interacted during the travels. Faces of India is a weekly series in my blog since MARCH 2011. See more here…

Pankaj Advani in 2010

26th January 2018 dated newspapers featured the winners of various bravery and civilian award winners. The list featured Pankaj Advani for Padma Bhushan. As soon as I read that my mind went racing back to the time I had interacted with him for a short while. It was a charity event where he was welcomed by Have a Heart Foundation. (The HHF funds the life saving heart surgeries of financially weak people – infants to adults.)

Pankaj Advani made a generous donation for the surgery of an infant. This was in December 2010. He was fresh from winning the first gold of the Asian Games 2010 for India in the English Billiards Singles event.

The organisation had called me for photo coverage of the event. Pankaj Advani never looked straight in to the camera. I had to request his brother/friend to ask him to look at the camera once. And this is the picture, with no smile to my disappointment. However he seemed happy handling the infant and answering the press reporters. A winner of so many awards, he seemed such a down to earth person! I hope to capture him in action while playing billiards and snookers some day.

Pankaj Advani at a fund raising event

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Padma Bhushan

The Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India, preceded by the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan and followed by the Padma Shri. Pankaj Advani is the recipient of Padma Shri in 2009.

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