British Asia News Network
London, April 15: A night of glitz and glamour, a night of pride and honour. This sums up the 9th annual Asian Awards that was held at the Grosvenor House London on Friday April 12, 2019. The ceremony takes place to honour Asians globally and their outstanding contributions in various fields. Founded by the enigmatic Paul Sagoo, this year’s award ceremony was charity sponsored by One Family Global, who tirelessly work to help those girls who are frequently trafficked in the countries like India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
The evening saw the likes of Gopichand Hinduja, Nitin Sawhney, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Nitin Ganatra, Gurinder Chadha, Jay Shetty, Lisa Haydon, Neev Spencer, Alan Yau, Mushtaq Ahmed and others, graced the red carpet and looked sparkling best. The Great Room looked magnificent accommodating almost 600 people who have contributed so much to the society, Mingling around with the best of the best. The swirling stairs escorted the invitees to a beautifully decorated room. The food was catered by the evergreen Madhu’s London who put the evening together with great detail and finesse. Although the evening was delayed by almost an hour, the hospitality and generosity made up for all the lost time.
The legendary Jonny Gould, a British radio and TV presenter, led the live auction with great enthusiasm for the charity sponsor. One of the highlighted items for auction was a painting of the London skyline painted live at the evening by Ben Mosley, who also used real 24K gold to enhance the colours used, making the painting a real investment for keeps. Many donated money through the silent auction too, hence raising awareness and helping the cause.
The awards were divided into 13 categories and were presented by SanjeevBhaskar. They are listed as follows:
It was of utmost significance when Paul Sagoo called upon Mr.Joginder Singh, the nephew and closest living relative of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, awarding him with the Founders Award which also commemorated 100 years of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on the eve of the tragic date. He reminded us all of the sacrifices people made to win their independence from the British rule.
The inspirational Jay Shetty previously lived as a monk for three years. With his storytelling, he has garnered 21 million Facebook followers and 4 billion views. While receiving his award, he said, “I was rejected over 40 times by all media houses and today I really want to thank them. Today, one does not need any validation. The audience decides whether you are good or not and therefore, I would like to thank you all for giving me so much love.”
Arjun Waney OBE is a successful restaurant creator and investor in Britain, who has names like Coya, La Petite Maison, Zuma and The Arts Club to his credit. His outstanding contribution to charitable organisations especially with Savitri Waney Charitable Trust, earned him the title of ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ last night celebrated his win by saying “I have received many awards for my restaurants but have always wanted to win an award for my philanthropy. This is my best win ever.” Mushtaq Ahmed, a former Pakistani cricketer, also spoke with full honesty, “Never forget your parents. I remember when once on Eid, my parents did not buy anything for themselves but only bought a bat for me. I decided I wouldn’t let them down ever. Success always comes from failures and one should celebrate their failures as well.” NitinSawhney beautifully said, “Music has no boundaries”, while accepting his award graciously.
Manish Bhasin, sports journalist and presenter for Premier League Productions, accepted the award on behalf of the deceased Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash last year. Tawakkol Karman dedicated her award to all the Arab women who became her voice during the Arab Spring. With so much inspiration around in the room, it was a great way to end the night.
Party went on till the early hours of the morning and people retired with the hope of being back again to celebrate ten years of the prestigious The Asian Awards.