Year after year JFW continues its search to identify women from various walks of life, who have made extraordinary contribution in their respective professions. In recognition of this outstanding effort, JFW celebrates womanhood in all its glory and honours these women with the JFW Award at a grand event.
This year, JFW, South India’s leading magazine and digital brand for women, is all set to host theprestigious11th edition of its VBJ JFWAwards on August 31st 2019 at Sir MuthaVenkataSubbarao Hall in Chennai.
This year, the celebrated women awardees Simran, Saalumarada Thimmakka,Dr.Vyjayanthimala Bali, K.S. Chithra, Meenakshi Vijayakumar, Nikhat Zareen, Rashmika Mandanna, Narthaki Natarajand Mana Anandavel will be felicitated for the excellence in their area of expertise.
About the awardees:
1. Vyjayanthimala Bali
Veteran actress, classical dancer, singer, choreographer and parliamentarian – this is Vyjayanthimala, South India’s artistic pride.
2. K.S. Chithra
K S Chithra is a name synonymous to the world of Indianplayback music. Born into a musically gifted family, the art was always in her blood and in her destiny. She was officially ushered into the film music world by M G Radhakrishnan in 1979 in Malayalam cinema. Her vocal strength soon carried her into all realms of all South Indian languages.
3. Rashmika Mandanna
She may be called the ‘Karnataka Crush’, but Rashmika has the hearts of the entire South Indian cinema today. Her first film ‘Kirik Party’ in 2016, was an instant commercial success and earned her the South Indian International Movie Award for Best Debut Actress.She has been a sensation ever since.
At 106 years of age today, Saalumarada Thimmakka may not seem like she is built for hard labour, but her hands and her determination are solely responsible for making her part of the country significantly greener.
5. Meenakshi Vijayakumar
Meenakshi Vijaykumar wears her police uniform with pride and purpose. Coming from a lineage of family members in administrative roles, public service is nothing new for her. The first Indian woman to join the fire service department, she began her stint as Divisional Fire Officer for 6 years in Chennai, with over 400 fire and rescue calls to her credit.
6. Narthaki Nataraj
For Narthaki, her love for Bharatanatyam became her life right from her childhood. Besides being a deserving Padma Shri recipient, she has been granted distinctive honours such as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar Award from the President of India, the title of Nrithya Choodamani, and the Kalaimamani title from the government of Tamil Nadu, among other accolades.
7. Nikhat Zareen
At only 23, Nikhat Zareen, is already a dominant force inside the boxing ring and a strong role model outside. In 2010, she earned her first title as ‘Golden Best Boxer’ at a national tournament in Erode.
The Golden girl of the 90s and 2000s in South Indian cinema…Simran marked her the spotlight even as a debutante with her magnetic performances in ‘Once More’ and ‘VIP’. These films put her in excellent standing, making room for more immediate hits like ‘Nerukku Ner’ and ‘Poochudava’.
9. Mana Anandavel
No hurdle is too big for this Queen of the Tracks. Mana Anandvel was all of 46 when she stepped into the sports arena, but has never taken her eyes off the finish line since then. First taking on shot put and discus throw, she soon branched out to hammer throwand track events.Since 2008, she has always won a medal from every event she participated in: at the international level her achievement.
The evening will have the audience in rapt attention with the inspiring stories of the women achievers besides being enthralled bythe various music and dance performances lined up during the awards night. The event will later be telecast on Star Vijay TV.
JFW magazine began its journey in 2007 and hosted its first awards in 2008 as an ode to every woman, to extol her simplicity, steadfastness and her ability to multitask and make a change. This year, the 11th JFW Awards is going to be yet another special edition in the 12-YEAR long journey of the magazine.