Every year the Group pays homage to its Founder on the occasion of his birthday and has introduced a National award in memory of our Founder. The award P. C. Chandra Purashkar also carries an honorarium of Rs. 5,00,000/-(Rupees five lacs only)which is tax exempted and has been conferred to eminent personalities of our country for their life time achievement, such as Padmashree Manna Dey, on the occasion of 50 years of his outstanding contribution to Indian Music, Prof. U. R. Rao, the Scientist and the then Chairman of ISRO and Chairman Planning Commission, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the legend of Indian Classical Music, Sri Gulzar, the celebrated Lyricist, Sri Sunil Monohar Gavaskar, the living legend of International Cricket, Smt. Mahasweta Devi, eminent writer and recipient of the International Award Magsaysay for her outstanding contribution in Social Welfare and Literature, Sri Prakash Padukone, the legendary Badminton Player, Prof. Ashima Chatterjee, an eminent Scientist, Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan, the Shehnai Maestro, Sri Soumitra Chattopadhyay, the receipient of Chevalier Des Arts Et Des Metiers from Government of France and famous actor, Pandit Jasraj, the legendary vocalist in Hindusthani Classical Music, PT. Shivkumar Sharma, Santoor Maestro Smt. P.T. Usha, the sprint queen, Smt. Sandhya Mukhopadhyay for her outstanding contribution to music, Smt. Anju Bobby George for her outstanding contribution to sports, Shri Mrinal Sen, the International Film Maker, Shri Saurav Ganguly, Eminent Cricketer, Shri Mithun Chakraborty, Smt. Hema Malini amongst others.