Rajiv Gandhi Awards is a tribute to the legendary Lt. Prime Minister, on his birth anniversary. Mr. Charan Singh Sapra - MLC who initiated these awards in 1995, continues to keep alive the vision of a man, who thought ahead of its times and dreamed of a sound, advanced and talented India. More than a decade old these awards have become an annual feature & the biggest honour our country can bestow upon anybody.
This premium platform honours the successful Indian Diaspora globally for their outstanding contribution in diverse fields such as Industry, Sports, Education, Entertainment, Journalism etc. Recently, the 11th Annual Rajiv Gandhi Awards - 2008, to be held on Aug 17, at the NCPA, Mumbai. Like every year the event was witnessed by dignitaries like Kripa Shankar Singh. He said, "this awards were lucky as I came to know that I am appointed as Mumbai Congress President, General Secretary AICC Digvijay Singh, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Co-ordinator AICC Rajiv Shukla, Geeta Basra,Kiran Kher, Yukta Mukhi, Fashion designer Archna Kochar, Sudhanshu Pandey, Yash Pal and many more..
To add more spice to the event Tisca Chopra and Sajid Khan were there as anchors. This prestigious award will be embellished by the performances of Salman Khan on his some superhit numbers like- you wanna partner,God tusi great ho,Salaam-e-ishq, Kareena Kapoor performed on love songs of her movies like Yeh mera dil,mauja hi mauja,Yaara kabhi ishq tu karo but she seemed tired may be because last night was Saif's birthday. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy sang two tracks from Taare Zameen Par, coupled with a much awaited patriotic dance by "Rakhi sawant" on Rang de Basanti and Vande Matram& Comic act by Kamya & Rajiv who are famous for their instant comedy circus, Fashion Show by Archna Kochar and the theme was-"Bride of India", Navin Prabhakar. Audience enjoyed Salman Khan's performance and was hooting once more and Navin prabhakar the most.
This year we have the following winners for each category: Industrialist - Mr. Baba Kalyani , Journalism - Mr. Vir Sanghvi, Social Field - Shri Anna Hazare, Sports - Mr. Baichung Bhutia, Educationist - Mr. Sunny Varkey, Young Enterpreuner -Mr. Sameer Gehlaut, Women Achiever -Ms. Vandana Luthra, Global Indian- Malkit Singh (UK) , Super Achiever -Dalip Singh Rana (The Great Khali), Innovative Marketing -Mr. Mehul Choksi, Best Actor - Mr. Saif Ali Khan, Best Actress - Ms. "Lara Duta", Child Prodigy - Master Darsheel Safary. On the occasion Chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said, "From 11 years awards are happening every year new people get award from new people but one thing which did not change was I come each year."
Charan Singh Sapra, MLC & convener of the Rajiv Gandhi Awards thanked everyone and said," I am very happy from 11years we are organizing the award and have received great response and support from everyone. I am thankful to Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh who never missed the awards I wish sir you grace the occasion each coming year. Mr. Baichung Bhutia while receiving the award said, "I am very happy and will try best to win the next championship and make our country proud."Khali was not able to make it because of his wrestling schedule. Lara Dutta thanked the critics for their comments as it had helped her to improve and grow as an actor. Malkit Singh said, "Few days back when I was receiving the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire award from Queen I felt of say the Jai Kara "Jo Bole So Nihal" but being only sikh in that award ceremony so I was not able to do that but now I am in my country with our people so I can proudly say "Jo Bole So Nihal" and thousands of people in front of him give him reply very loudly say "Sat Sri Akaal" then he said this is my actual award he also sang his popular song "Tutak tutak tutiya hai jamalo".
The event put together by "Momentum Group" will be telecasted on prime time Sony TV at 8:00 pm on Sunday, August 31, 2008 says, "Aarti Mattoo -- Event Director Rajiv Gandhi Awards Committee" H.S.COMMUNICATION
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