IAM Lifetime Achievement Award
IAM Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 was presented to to MR. MUKTHAR THAKUR in gratitude and deep appreication of his devotion, loyalty and dedicated service to the community
The award was presented at a glittering ceremony on February 11th at DoubleTree at Park Place, St. Louis Park in front of a full house comprising various regional non-profit organizations, dignitaries including state senators and legislators, city mayors including Chris Coleman and Attorney General Lori Swanson who came fresh from the success of challenging and winning in the courts against the latest immigration ban along with the state of Washington.
Mukhtar has been a familiar presence within and outside of the community for decades – helping, reaching out and sustaining the culture and traditions of South Asia through his own love for music and the Gandhian tradition of helping communities through action.
A true citizen of the world, Mukhtar was educated in Minnesota and Great Britain and has worked globally before settling down in MN. He has a Masters in Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors in Civil engineering from Wales. Did you know he can speak 5 languages?
Since 1987, he has worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation as Director of the Office of Statewide Radio Communications and worked on challenging projects including Interstate Highway bridges and the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit project.
He is the Creator and Executive Director of 2 Television Programs aimed at the diverse immigrant communities in the Twin Cities - aired on the Twin Cities Public Television channel 2-2. - Geetmala- a music based program and Diversity in Focus TV (DIFTV) a talk show- “bringing your immigrant neighbors into your living rooms”.
He was appointed to the Council on Asian–Pacific Minnesotans by Governor Dayton, on which he served for many years. Since 1990, Mukhtar co-hosts a music based radio program “SANGAM- all the hits this side of Mumbai on this side of town”. He enjoys playing golden oldies going back to 70 years of Bollywood hits. This airs on KFAI Fresh Air Radio in the twin Cities on 90.3 and 106.7FM and also on the web at KFAI.org.
He has occasionally reported for the BBC on Community affairs as well as a familiar figure for the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune on Community Issues.