Narayan Athavalay Smruti Puraskar

Narayan Athawaley Smruti Patrakarita Puraskar

(Born -1932,Died – 2011)

Lokvishwas Pratishthan, a social organization committed to the education and rehabilitation of all types of special children was founded by the Editor of Gomantak, Shri. Narayan Athawaley. He was actively involved in various social and cultural movements in the state. During his tenure of 10 years of service to the daily Gomantak, as its Editor, he proved that newspapers can create constructive work for the development of people of this state. Late Shri Athawaley was also a journalist and Editor in his state of Maharashtra for several decades, for various newspapers.

This luminary passed away an 28th of April, 2011. The Management of Lokvishwas Pratishthan pays a tribute to him by recognizing the remarkable work of a journalist, editor or any institution involved in similar activities, across Goa and Maharashtra. The award is named as Shri. Narayan Athawaley Smruti Patrakarita Puraskar. This award is presented on 28th April annually to mark the death anniversary of Late Shri. Narayan Athawaley.

Narayan Athawaley was a leader of Shiv Sena and a member of Lok Sabha from 1996 to 1998, elected from Mumbai North Central. He was a writer and trade unionist. He was also the president of Mumbai Patrakar Sangh in 1972 and member of press council of India from 1985 to 1988. He had also served as the member of all India Marathi Patrakar Parishad in 1978.  With a pen name Anirudh Punarvasu, Athawaley had in his credit 16 novels, two short –story collection and a humorous novel ‘Mumbai Geeta’.     After retiring from profession journalism, Athawaley joined Shiv Sena and was elected  as MP from central  Mumbai in 1996 .  He is survived by his wife Anuradha and his two daughter’s   named Aradhana and Ashlesha.                                       

      Athawaley is known in Goa as a vibrant and dashing editor, when he edited Gomantak Marathi daily for a decade, since 1980.  His major contribution to Goa is Lokvishwas Pratishthan, a school for Hearing Impaired students, which he initiated as a Founder trustee by raising funds from common Goans in 1980. He also took several initiatives to raise funds through Gomantak at the time of several disasters, beginning with a canoe that overturned taking lives of farming workers form Madkai .   

The Award consists of: Shawl, Shreefal, Citation, and a Cash prize of Rs..15000/-.


Sr No Year of Award Division Name of the Awardee Designation of the Awardee
1 2012 Goa Shri. Paresh VasudavPrabhu Editor, DainikNavaprabha, Panaji-Goa.
2 2013 Mumbai (Maharashtra) Shri. Sandip Acharya Sub-Editor, Dainik Loksatta, Mumbai.
3 2014 Pune (Maharashtra) Shri. Parag Hanumant Karandikar Reporter, Maharashtra Times, Pune.
4 2015 Konkan(Maharashtra) Shri. Arvind KrushnajiSirsat Sawantwadi Correspondent,Dainik Sakal
5 2016 Marathwada (Maharashtra) Shri. DharmarajHallale Sub- Editor, Dainik Lokmat,Nanded
6 2017 Belgaum (Karnataka) Shri. Dr.SarjuHanumantraoKatkar Sub- Editor, Indian Express, Belgaum Edition.
7 2018 Vidharbh (Maharashtra) Shri. Gajanan Narayan Janbhor Resident Editor,Dainik Lokmat, Nagpur Edition
8 2019 Goa Shri. Prakash V. Kamat Goa Correspondent, The Hindu Chennai


Sr.No. Name
1 1)Shri. Ramakrishna Naik, Madgaon
2 2)Shri. Vijay Kuvlekar, Pune
3 3)Shri. SitaramTengse, Madgaon
4 4) Shri. Anup. S.S. Priolkar, – Chairman, Lokvishwas Pratishthan
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