The Bitein awards Nite Season Two took place at the banquet hall of Melhua -The Fern
on the 9th day of the 10th month of the 11th year of the century. It was a fitting
encore to the innaugural awards that happened on the 10th day of the 10th month of the
10thyear of the century. Season Two saw the introduction of the UG and PG awards by
nomination. A total of 11 awards were given away and it included the 8 general
category awards, the 2 nomination awards and a corporate award.
The evening kickstarted at 8.00 pm with the musicians setting the tone with a couple
of lively numbers. The guests were welcomed by Dr. Ramesh Shankar and Dr. Ilhaam
Sheikh who coordinated the evening with great élan and poise. Immediately after the
welcome Dr.A.Kumarswamy was invited to introduce the concept of the Bitein awards and
share the evolution over the past year and then unveil the BITEIN trophies. After the
introduction, the first award in the category of Continuing Dental Research was
awarded to Dr. Dinesh Daftary
for his dedicated service over the years in oral cancer
research. Dr. Dilip Pol handed over the award. The next award for Academic teaching
was awarded to Dr. Neelima Mallik
by none other than Dr. R.P.Nayak who was a recipient
the previous year in the same category. The awards were interspersed with excellent
music scores by the eight man orchestra. Dr. Mona Kakar opened up the vocal renderings
with a lively R.D.Burman composition. One of the highlights was the brilliant number
presented by Swapnil Karnik a tremendous young talent on the Indian music scene.
This was followed by the Beyond Dentistry award which went to Dr. Mayuri Panse
her exceptional success in wildlife filming while maintaining a dental practice.
Mayuri was in Los Angeles and could not return in time but was very much present at
the awards nite with a live video conference and expressed her thanks and
excitement at recieving the award. Fittingly presenting the award was Ms Shruti a
leading model and Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani. Dr. Sibi Xavier
was the awardee for
publications and received it from last years awardee Dr. Anil Arora. The doyen of
ENT in India, Dr.L.H.Hiranandani graced the occasion for a brief period.
The corporate award for the year was given away to Ultradent. Mr. Nicholas Sondaz
who flew in from Kuala Lumpur and Dr. Girish Narayanan received the award from Dr.
Ramesh Shankar. The next was the UG awards. Dr. A Kumarswamy was called up to
announce the winner from among the five nominees who had gone through an elaborate
process to be nominated. The five nominees Ms Purva Bakshi, Mr. B. Krishna Prasanth,
Mr. Rushil Dang, Ms Smita Kumar and Ms Priyanka Dalvi received a plaque of appreciation.
Mr.Ramchandar Nanda was then invited to announce the winner from the top five.
The award went away to Ms Priyanka Dalvi.
The songs presented between the awards were
a set of foot tapping Shammi Kapoor numbers.The next award for administrative
finesse was given away to Dr. Shailesh Lele
who unfortunately could not be present as
he was away in Philadelphia pursuing some management seminars. His wife, Dr. Gauri
Lele, received the award on his behalf from Dr. Ashok Dobhle.
Dr. Paresh Thakkar
received the dental entrepreneur award which was given to him by
Mr. Raj Grover, a very enterprising young entrepreneur currently involved in creating
a chain of teaching institutions in India. This was followed by the clinical dentist
of the year given away to Dr. C.R.Suvarna
for his amazing clinical work. He received
the award from none other than Dr. Ajit Shetty who was the recipient for the same the
previous year. The entertainment he then took an upward turn with some amazing numbers
being belted out by Ms Amy from Bangkok who kindly consented to sing Hindi songs and
she got everyone to get on their feet and dance away to the tune of Kajra re and
Sheila ki jawani and Munni badnam.
Dr. Dinesh Jain
was the recipient of the Technicians award with his amazing dental
laboratory set up in Bandra. This brought the last award of the evening which was the
PG award. Once again, Dr. A.Kumarswamy was requested to call all the nominees on stage.
Dr. Suniana Jodka, Dr. Sachin Shivnaikar, Dr. Akshay Dhoble and Dr. Tejas Melkote who
had traveled from various parts of India received their plaques of appreciation and
then Mr. Ramkrishnan Iyer was called up on stage to announce the winner, Dr. Tejas
The awards Nite was accompanied with an art exhibition by an upcoming young artist
Swati who had nine pieces on display. The exhibits were very well appreciated by the
invitees. The evening was accompanied by drinks and dinner. An evening enjoyed by one
and all. A big thanks to Colgate, M & M Dental, Ultradent, Prime Dental and 3M Espe
for the support provided. Special thanks to Levis for making it possible for us to
have a “DENIM BITEIN AWARDS NITE"