Goan origin girl conferred Amitabh Bachchan Media Scholarship


A Goan by origin, Saloni Sakhardande, who is currently studying in Whistling Woods International (WWI) and specialising in cinematography, has been awarded the prestigious Amitabh Bachchan Media Scholarship for her meritorious performance in the field of film making.

WWI institutes scholarships in the name of legends namely Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, along with Subhash Ghai Vidyadaan and Sunanda Murali Manohar scholarships, among others.

Every year WWI confers scholarships to deserving students during Celebrate Cinema, its annual open-for-all event. Celebrate Cinema offers a platform to cinema and media lovers and aspirants to learn and explore the world of media and entertainment through celebrity panel discussions, workshops, screening, exhibits, and much more. Owing to the unprecedented scenario, this year the institute hosted the virtual edition of the event over a span of three days.

Staying true to its tradition, this year as part of the three-day virtual annual event, Celebrate Cinema 2020, the prestigious Amitabh Bachchan Media Scholarship instituted by ace film producer, Anand Pandit was awarded to Sakhardande, a meritorious filmmaking student at Whistling Woods International. The scholarship is awarded each year to deserving filmmaking student after a meticulous and exhaustive evaluation process. This includes their skills, creativity, imagination, art of implication, among other parameters. This scholarship motivates them to strive harder to achieve the said recognition.

The scholarship ceremony was held on the second day of Celebrate Cinema, which began with a fascinating panel – ‘Celebrate the Grand Narratives of Indian Mythology’ – featuring founder and chairman, WWI, Subhash Ghai and award-winning author, Amish Tripathi.

Addressing about the scholarships offered, president, WWI, Meghna Ghai Puri said that one of the biggest goals in building WWI is to offer a platform to the aspirants to make a mark in the industry. “At WWI, we have always recognised young talents and motivated students to add merit to their growing careers. By offering various scholarships to meritorious yet deserving students, we encourage the students to strive for excellence.”

She further added: “When we began the programme, it was difficult to get students admitted for subjects like cinematography and now we are giving this scholarship of one of the brightest girl students in the cinematography department. It indeed feels special.”

Upon announcing the scholarship, Subhash Ghai shared the following words of wisdom: “A scholarship is not just a reward, but a responsibility on a student to do even better in life and become a thought leader to inspire younger generations.”

Congratulating Sakhardande, Amish Tripathi said that her win was a fantastic achievement. “Cinematography is one of the most important aspects of filmmaking, which is an audio-visual medium,” he said, while wishing her the best and stating that he is looking forward to some fantastic work from her.