London, UK – The winners of the influential 17th annual Asian Achievers Awards were celebrated amid a ray of Bollywood stars, glittering celebrities and high profile dignitaries on Friday September 22ndat London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. Winners include, Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar for International Personality of the Year (Male); Playwright Tanika Gupta MBE for Achievement in Media; Surinder Arora for Business Person of the Year; with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Lord Indarjit Singh CBE, for his immense achievements and contribution to harmonising race relations in Britain.
Hosted by Bollywood singer, actress and model, Raageshwari and former Eastenders star actor Nitin Ganatra, the awards saw over £155,000 raised for charity partner, Akshaya Patra, which works to eradicate classroom hunger and facilitate childhood education by serving freshly cooked, nourishing lunches to 1.6 million school children across India every day. The event also highlighted the great strides made in the fields of Media, Art and Culture.
Mr. CB Patel, Publisher/Editor, ABPL Group says: "It brings me great pleasure to congratulate all the winners, and of course the nominees, of the Asian Achievers Awards, in another outstanding year of celebrating excellence in our community. In the past 17 years that we have been holding our awards, South Asian achievement in Britain has evolved tremendously and we now have role models in every arena, who are inspirations for the generations who are to follow."
Bhawini Singh, CEO Akshaya Patra said: "'Akshaya' is unlimited and 'Patra' is path, the path that never runs out and that's what we intend to do every day as we serve millions of meals a day"
Farhan Akhtar, winner of the International Personality of the Year Award, said: "Thank you very, very much for this award, it's very kind."
Tanika Gupta MBE, winner of the Achievement in Media Award, said: "I just want to say thank you very much. What's really important about this award and this evening, is that within the mainstream, people like myself – writers - don't usually get recognized. So it's fantastic to get this recognition from my community – finally."
Since launching, The Asian Achievers Awards has helped to raise millions of pounds for various charities and this year, the chosen charity partner is the Akshaya Patra Foundation, which works to eradicate classroom hunger and facilitate childhood education by serving freshly cooked, nourishing lunches to 1.6 million school children across India every day. The Asian Achievers Awards is proud to announce EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, as its headline sponsor. Also sponsoring are Shanti Hospitality and Edwardian Hotels, with Colors TV on board as Media Partner.
ASIAN ACHIEVERS AWARDS 2017 WINNERS
Professional of the Year
Fayyaz Afzal OBE
Sports Personality of the Year
Achievement in Arts & Culture
Amrit Kaur Lohia
Achievement in Community Service
Saba Nasim BEM
Uniformed & Civil services
Entrepreneur of the Year
Gi Fernando MBE
Woman of the Year
Achievement in Media
Tanika Gupta MBE
Business Person of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
Lord Indarjit Singh CBE
International Businessperson of the Year
International Personality of the Year