t is a moment of great Pride and honour for us to have Prema Gopalan receive 2018 Devi Awards from Hon’ble Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director of The New Indian Express.

We would also like to congratulate other winners: conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah, pole artiste Aarifa Bhinderwala, Actor Bhumi Pednekar, educationist Deepali Gogate, entrepreneur Falguni Nayar, city chronicler Karishma Mehta, social activist Prema Gopalan, shooter Rahi Sarnobhat, policewoman Rekha Mishra and singer Rekha Bhardwaj.

The Devi award is given to exceptional Indian women who display dynamism and innovation in their work, and who change the lives and lot of people around them through that work. The initiative was started in December 2014. The Devi events organized across the country honor women from different fields and different regions. So far honoured 168 women achievers across India have been honored.

Chosen by the senior editorial team of The New Indian Express through a transparent methodology, the winners are decided based on the contribution they have made to their chosen line of work and to society in general.