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Rajkumar Hirani wins Award for Entertainment

MUMBAI: At the 7th Annual Teacher’s Achievement Awards, Bollywood director Raj Kumar Hirani won the achievement award in the Entertainment category.


Mahesh Dattani received the award in the communication category for theatre. The achievement award in the Business category was bagged by Chanda Kochar of ICICI Bank. Manavjit Singh Sandhu won the award in the Sports category and K V Kamath was honoured with the lifetime achievement award.


The ceremony was held at the Taj Land’s End in Mumbai and was attended by film, corporate, sports and communication personalities.




On receiving the award Hirani said, “Thank you Teachers and the jury for scaring me. All the work I’m going to do now has to live up to the expectation of Munnabhai. I accept in all humility this award.”



Kochar said, “It is an honor to achieve the award. Normally award categories for Businessmen and women are separate. Those days are fast changing; we should now select a Business Leader just the way Teacher’s has done.”



“We Sportsmen don’t usually get to rest our laurels a lot as our coaches constantly push us back to our game. Thanks to Teacher’s I am going to rest on my laurels for at least tonight.” said Sandhu.



Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Milkha Singh, Sabira Merchant, Atul Kasbekar, Prahlad Kakar, Harsh Mariwala, Subir Raha, SM Dutta, Anjali Bhagwat, Pooja Bedi, Piyush Mishra, Nadira Babbar, Naraini Shastri, Prasoon Joshi and Gaurav Chopra attended the function.



Welcoming the guests, Rupert Patrick, Managing Director–Duty Free and Developing Market business, Beam Global Spirits & Wine said, “The Teacher’s Achievement Awards has consistently rewarded achievers over the years and motivated others towards excellence. At this 7th edition of the Teacher’s Achievement Awards, we are glad to recognize distinguished achievers from across fields.”



Harish Moolchandani, CEO & Managing Director, India and Indian Sub Continent, Beam Global Spirits & Wine, India Business said, “Selecting a winner from amongst the nominees was a difficult task according to the jury, since each one is a winner in his/her right. We are confident that keeping the spirit of Teachers Achievement Awards, the winners shall continue to excel and inspire. The awards shall carry on with recognizing spirited performers and promoting excellence as a part of the endeavor.”



The ceremony was hosted by actor Pooja Bedi. The event began with a dance performance by Nritarutya, a group of young dancers who were from disparate dance and martial art backgrounds which includes Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Contemporary Technique, Kalaripayattu and Taekwondo. The troupe showcased a brilliant performance inspired by power, drive and achievement that mesmerized and captivated the audience.



The grand finale of the award ceremony was a musical tribute to some of the great musicians of the world by Niladari Kumar and his group. They paid homage to some of the famous and celebrated icons like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Guns N’ Roses, Jimmy Hendrix, Pandit Ravi Shankar, on the Zitar – an amalgamation of a sitar and a guitar.

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