The event, organised by the PC Chandra Group to commemorate the 119th birth centenary of its founder Purna Chandra Chandra, was held at the Science City auditorium.
"Introduced in the year 1993 as a tribute to the founding father of the PC Chandra Group, late Purna Chandra Chandra, the PC Chandra Puraskar has since been awarded to many eminent personalities like Manna Dey (1993), Professor U R Rao (1994), Sunil M Gavaskar (1995), P.T.Usha (2004), Mrinal Sen (2008), Gulzar (1997), Ustad Bismillah Khan (2002) to name a few." read an official press release.
Mukherjee congratulated the group over their achievements not just as jewellers, but also as a socially active corporate.
He also conveyed his congratulations to this year's PC Chandra Puraskar recipient Hema Malini, and said that she is "India's Suchitra Sen".
Speaking on the occasion, PC Chandra, Joint Managing Director, Pranshant Chandra said that Hema Malini represented, "ageless beauty, like gold, but which becomes more than gold, over time."
Hema Malini thanked PC Chandra Group for honouring her with the award, and also conveyed that it gave her, "even more pleasure to receive this award when we are celebrating 100 years of Hindi cinema."
She said that she is a jewellery lover like any other woman.
On films and future projects, she revealed that she has her focus on her dance troupe and that Aparna Sen is her favourite film personality.
"Politics is the platform I want to use to do something for the people who have showered me with love and accolades all through my career," she added.
The PC Chandra Group also conferred awards upon meritorious students of employees and 'Lifetime Service Awards' to employees of the PC Chandra Group.
The evening progressed with the performance of singer Kunal Ganjawala.
PC Chandra is a business group, with interests in jewellery, chemicals and general plastic industry, rubber plantations, software development, construction and housing, exports and hotels.
--IBNS (Posted on 22-04-2013)