Mumbai: Taking the legacy of recognising commendable work in various sectors like corporate, education, health & wellness, and real estate & Infrastructure to the international platform, Lokmat Media Group has announced the first edition of ‘Lokmat International Awards’ in Dubai. The group is a leading media company with interests in a diversified portfolio of publishing, broadcast, digital, entertainment, and community building. Lokmat Media Group publishes India's number one Marathi daily Lokmat, Lokmat Samachar, and Lokmat Times with a combined readership of 2.56 cr (source: All India, total readership, IRS 2019, Q4).
After successful, innovative and ground-breaking events in India, Lokmat intends to widen its horizon by going international and this year Lokmat hosted the first ever Lokmat International Awards in Dubai spread over two days of 28 and 29 May 2023 at the Grand Hyatt Dubai.
The grand launch of the first edition witnessed the presence of eminent personalities as the guest of honour which includes Maharashtra cabinet minister for forests & cultural affairs, Sudhir Mungantiwar; Lokmat Media Group editor-in-chief Rajendra Darda; Danube Group, Dubai chairman Rizwan Sajan; Dubai Sports City partner Abdul Rahman Falaknaz; Maharashtra State Minority Commission Ex. Chairman(Cabinet minister Status) president, BJP transport cell president, All India Sufi Board Haji Arfat Shaikh; Al Adil Group chairman Dhananjay Datar; Nikai Group (UAE) chairman Paras Shahdadpuri; Mulk International (UAE) chairman Shaji Ul Mulk; NB Ventures (UAE) MD Neelesh Bhatnagar; Siroya Jewellers LLP (UAE) Chandraprakash Siroya and Aries Group (UAE) founder & chairman Sohan Roy.
Speaking at the launch of Lokmat International awards, Lokmat media group editor-in-chief Rajendra Darda said, “Lokmat media group is always committed to recognizing and encouraging good work in various fields. It’s our responsibility to give a push to such work for the betterment of our society and nation. After many successful events in India, we took this platform to an international level. And I am excited to announce the very well execution of the first edition of Lokmat International awards on the centenary birth anniversary of my father late Jawaharlal Darda ji"
The evening became more mesmerising with the red-carpet entry of Bollywood actress Nushrratt Bharuccha; Marathi Actor, Swapnil Joshi, Marathi actress, Prarthana Behere, and the performance of well know singer Ali Quli Mirza.
During the interview at the Lokmat international awards platform, Bollywood actress Nushrratt Bharuccha generously talked about her career journey and said, “To start with something, we all need a platform and an opportunity to showcase our ability. My story is as similar as to others. I always try to do justice to every single opportunity I get believing it could be my last opportunity. And that gives me the strength to perform so well.”
The awards were given under four categories which are corporate excellence, real estate, and infrastructure, education, and health & wellness.