Freddie Mercury and Meera Syal win gongs at Asian Awards
The world of film, music, sport and politics celebrated the second year of the Asian Awards last night at London’s Grosvenor House with singer Freddie Mercury and comedy performer Meera Syal just two of the winners.
The event, described as a ‘prestigious global celebration of achievement and excellence’, raised over £50,000 for children’s charity Save the Children.
This money will go towards Save the Children’s life saving work across South Asia. Speaking about the work that can now be funded thanks to the Asian Awards, Save the Children CEO Justin Forsyth said; We’d like to say an enormous thank you to everyone at the Asian Awards who has donated to Save the Children’s life saving work. These awards are not only a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Asian community, but to also bring about lasting change for the most vulnerable children in the world.”
Musicians Jay Sean (pictured bottom right) and Brian May (pictured top right) were just two of the famous faces who came together to recognise outstanding achievements from within the Asian community. Open to individuals born in or with direct family origin from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan or Bangladesh, The Asian Awards highlight exceptional achievement across all disciplines of life from business to the arts, sport, culture and public service, rewarding success from across the world.
Last year’s Asian Awards were able to fund a mobile health clinic in the Purulia district of West Bengal and Save the Children ambassador Natasha Kaplinsky, who visited a similar project in Delhi earlier this year, said at the event: “Anyone who has ever held a baby will know what it’s like to look at their face and wonder who they’re going to be and what they’re going to do.
“It is such a gift to be able to think about a future with your child and it is such an appalling tragedy that so many parents around the world have no certainty about the future at all.”
The winners list 2011:
· The Fellowship Award Winner: Ravi Shankar
· The Chivas Regal Outstanding Achievement in Sport: Murali
· The UBM Outstanding Achievement in Science and Technology: Amit Singhal
· The PwC Entrepreneur of the Year: Dr. KP Singh
· The Lloyds Banking Group Philanthropist of the Year: Shiv Nadar
· The PR Newswire Social Entrepreneur of the Year: Bunker Roy
· The Lebara Outstanding Achievement in Music: Jay Sean
· Public Servant of the Year: Irene Khan
· Outstanding Achievement in the Arts: Russell Peters
· The Lloyds Banking Group Business Leader of the Year: Anand Mahindra
· Outstanding Achievement in Cinema: Akshay Kumar
· The Kingfisher Airlines Lifetime Achievement Award: Asha Bhosle
· The Lebara People’s Choice Award: Amir Khan
· Outstanding Achievement in Television: Meera Syal
· The Founders Award: Freddie Mercury