PUNE: It was a day of celebration for Puneites when Sakal celebrated its 87th anniversary on Tuesday. Hundreds of citizens made it a point to visit Sakal office at Budhwar Peth to give their wishes for the newspaper, which has been a part of their lives for over eight decades.
Besides others, the city’s Who’s Who too graced the event. Sakal Media Group Chairman Pratap Pawar, Managing Director Abhijit Pawar and Director Mrunal Pawar welcomed all graciously and accepted their wishes. Chief Operating Officer Mahendra Pisal, Director (Operations) Bhausaheb Patil, Chief Editor Shriram Pawar and Resident Editor Samrat Phadnis were present.
As the newspaper entered its 88th year, several personalities from different walks of life wished and congratulated Sakal Media Group. Political leaders including District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak, MLA Medha Kulkarni and MIT World Peace University Founder Vishwanath Karad attended the event.
Dignitaries including Savitribai Phule Pune University Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar, Symbiosis Society Founder and President SB Mujumdar, historian Sadanand More, television and film actor Rahul Solapurkar, Pune Commissioner of Police K Venkatesham and Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority Commissioner and CEO Kiran Gitte attended the event.
Kishor Sarpotdar, owner of 83-year-old Poona Guest House and Secretary of Restaurant & Hoteliers Association (PRAHA) too attended the event. Popular film actress Taapsee Pannu too visited the office during the day.
Readers and people from different walks of life such as social, educational, literary and cultural were present to give their best wishes to Sakal group for achieving this milestone. The head office of Sakal was decked up with the lights with shehnai playing in the background. There were wall-presentations showcasing the different brands of Sakal Media Group and also depicting the journey of the media giant. Since its inception, Sakal has created a niche for itself and became an integral part of its readers’ lives.