Teachers' Achievement Awards 2003 held in Mumbai

MUMBAI: Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine (I) Pvt Ltd, the makers of premium scotch whisky Teachers' 50, held its third Teachers' Achievement Awards 2003 in Mumbai yesterday.



In a 'high-spirited' ceremony, awards were bestowed upon the best business, sports, communications and entertainment personality of the year. A special outstanding achievement award was given to director Yash Chopra.

In the business category, HSBC chairperson Naina Lal Kidwai took the award from among contenders Rajiv Kaul, G Krishnan, Ashwin Dani and Satish Reddy; in the sports category tennis player Mahesh Bhupati got the award among Jaspal Rana, Geet Sethi, Arjun Atwal and Anjali Bhagwat; in the communication category, Vikram Chandra got the award among Shoba De, Harsha Bhogle, Prasoon Pandey, R Balakrishnan and Freddy Birdy and in the entertainment category, Shiamak Davar bagged the award among Adnan Sami, Deepa Mehta, Palash Sen, Ashish Vidyarthi and Anandan Sivamani.

According to a company release, Allied Domecq managing director Harish Moolchandani said at the awards ceremony, "It has been a pleasure for us to partner with some great luminaries in their fields, who are present here today as our jury members, to select and recognise the achievers of today. This is just a humble attempt by us to felicitate those who fit right in with our brand promise of 'Genuine quality speaks for itself'. We hope to spur them and others to greater heights."

The jury for the award function included Apollo Tyres chairman OS Kanwar, Wartsila chairman Subodh Bhargava and Mphasis MD Jerry Rao for the business category; Michael Ferreira, cricketer K Srikant and journalist Ayaz Memon for the sports category; Pritish Nandy, Piyush Pandey and Haresh Chawla for the communications category and Pandit Jasraj, Shammi Kapoor and jazz artiste Louiz Banks for entertainment.

Celebrities present at the award function included Ramesh Sippy and Kiran Juneja, Subodh Bhargava, Atul Kasbekar, Pooja Bedi, Bikram Saluja, Ashish Vidhyarthi, Sivamani, Louiz Banks, Bharat Dhabolkar, Harsha Bhogle, Maria Gorretti and Arshad Warsi to name a few. The function was hosted by Siddhartha Basu and Manasi Scott..

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