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Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, author, and philanthropist, Sudha Murty, was conferred with the Global Indian Award by the Canada India Foundation at the biggest Indo-Canadian gala.
The Global Indian Award, which has a cash prize of $50,000, is given each year to a prominent Indian who has made a significant mark on his or her chosen field. Murty donated the award money to The Field Institute, University of Toronto, which is internationally renowned for strengthening collaboration, innovation, and learning in mathematics and across various disciplines.
“We are so pleased to present the Global Indian Award to Sudha Murty. She has spent her entire career paving the way for future generations to find success in whatever field they choose, and is passionate about giving back to society,” said Canada India Foundation chairman Satish Thakkar on Saturday, September 30, night. Sudha Murty was accompanied by the parents of her son-in-law and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to the Toronto gala event.
Accepting the award from Indian High Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Verma, Murty said, “It is my honor to get this award from your country.” Thanking the Canada India Foundation (CIF) for choosing her for this award, Murthy said, “The CIF is like Krishna in the Mahabharata. Krishna is the son of Devki as well as Yashoda. Devki was his biological mother and Yashoda brought him up. You were born in India but settled here – Yashoda – and your mother is India. You belong to both mothers.”
Lauding the Indo-Canadian diaspora as a bridge between the two countries, she said, “You are the carriers of Indian culture in a different land. Please keep it up.”
As her husband was also given the same award in 2014, Murty said amid laughter, “There is a funny thing about this award because Narayana Murty also got it in 2014 and I got it in 2023. So, we’re the first couple to get this award.”