Inspirational Achievers Awards a great success
At capacity gala with awardees and honorees
New York, May 29- From Community Service to Media, honoring our men in Uniform to the predominant women of the year and from Bollywood to Pop, the glitterati of the South Asian community attended the Inspirational Achievers Awards organized by the Roshni Media Group, at the Taj Pierre Hotel.
Festivities kicked off on Thursday May 28th at the Pre Awards dinner at Junoon with Arshad Warsi, Pooja Batra, Rohit Roy, and a bevy of corporate captains to meet and greet the honorees and awardees.
With almost 400 people gracing their presence at the exclusive ballroom at the Pierre after a star studded Red Carpet Reception presented by Star Plus, the awards were off to a great start with opening remarks and a heartfelt thank you from the owners of Roshni Media, Dr. Rashmee Sharma and Mani Kamboj. Consul General of New York – Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay fondly recalled his first meeting with the ladies and applauded them for pulling off an award ceremony that highlighted the achievements of the South Asian diaspora.
Mrs. Shauna Hinduja presented the Banking & Finance award to both Ms. Nandita Bakhshi and Jyoti Chopra. Dr. Rewa Kumar – noted vastu specialist gave the Cultural Ambassador award to Dr. Kamlesh Mehta.
Etihad representatives also presented the Global Professional award to Dr. John Balian. Ali Velshi from Al Jazeera gave the Emerging Entrepreneur of the year award to the ever-inspiring Mr. Ankur Jain. Respected Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann presented the News Award to Mr. Vipp Jaswal who hosts the Vipp Jaswal report on Fox News Radio.
Ms. Raj Girn, Mr. Ajay Jain Bhutoria and Miss. Poonam Barua were all awarded for their Community Service that was presented by Mr. Asim Mishra. Mr. H.R Shah picked up the award for his passionate work in the field of Media by presenter, Dinesh Khosla.
The audience lauded the aesthetically pleasing decorum, the inspiring people and the charged atmosphere all thanks to Dr. Rashmee Sharma and Mani Kamboj – the owners of Roshni Media Group. Both have worked tirelessly in their efforts to create a platform and a standard for South Asians to reach.
The awards also served as the platform for the launch of the third edition of the Roshni coffee table Book, “Global and Emerging” that details the awardees and honorees as well as Vikas Khanna’s “World of Feast” by Arshad Warsi, Maria Goretti and published by Ajay Mago.
“For the first time, we were able to recognize some of these unsung heroes, who have made the community proud and also contributed towards the evolution of our diaspora, we are very happy that they all graced the occasion.” said Dr. Rashmee Sharma, Founder of the Roshni Media Group.
“I am just delighted at the excellent turnout and the support we have received from the community to help us highlight these inspirational achievers who serve as role models for the up and coming generation, “ said CEO of Roshni Media Group, Mani Kamboj
Jay Sean and Poonam Kay shared the award in the entertainment category, Nandita Bakshi and Jyoti Chopra shared the awards for achievers in the women category while Paula Shugart was named the woman of the year. Restaurateur Rajesh Bhardwaj was named Global entrepreneur of the year, filmmaker Mira Nair, the global icon and Dr. John Balian, the global professional. Additional awards in Jewelry and fashion went to designer Bibhu Mohapatra and Rayaz Takat while Ajay Banga of MasterCard was named Businessperson of the year. Other awardees included Abhay Deol for Movie personality of the year, emerging professionals Rajji Kumar and Ketul Patel, emerging entrepreneur Ankur Jain and Colonel Ravi Choudhary for Uniformed and Civil services. A complete list with pictures is available for viewing on www.roshnimedia.com
In 2001, what began as a quiet gathering of inspirational South Asian men and women, evolved into Roshni Media’s institution of globally celebrated South Asian luminaries. From that pivotal point and beyond, Roshni Media Group has consistently strived to deepen the global understanding of the merits of cultural diversity—and its impact on all aspects of our community. And through the Roshni Book Imprint, our “One World” mission is realized through publications that illuminate the biographies of a wide spectrum of diversity and talent across an amalgam of disciplines, including art, literature, music, fine art, photography, finance, technology, science, medicine, entrepreneurship, and more—in form of a sleek, black-boxed coffee table book authored by Roshni founder Dr. Rashmee Sharma. We look to a future where our celebrations of achievement and vision remain the mission, and the light, of our organization.