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An evening of stars

An evening of stars
With their sights on the revival of the ancient art of jewellery making and to give creative freedom to the craftsmen, Asha Kamal Modi started a new concept in the year 1988. The Art Karat initiative gives unemployed artisans a chance to get jobs. Out of 100000 unemployed artisans in India, she has been able to provide jobs opportunity and livelihood to more than 900 artisans so far which is providing bread and butter to their family.

The foundation reaches out to the rest of the country by saluting eminent personalities and achievers who have contributed to the nation in their respective fields by giving them the Art Karat Award for Excellence. Shubha Mudgal will be awarded at this event and she will also be performing.

The stunning list of people who will be graced with awards are - Birju Maharaj, the leading exponent of Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Kathak dance in India. He is a descendant of the legendary father and guru Acchan Maharaj and uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj.

Bhajan Sopori is hailed as the 'Saint of the Santoor' and the 'King of Strings'. His family has played Santoor for over six generations. Sopori, considered as the cultural link between Jammu and Kashmir and rest of India. He runs a music academy called SaMaPa, Pandit Bhajan Sopori has taught music at Washington University, US.

Bubbles Sabharwal, a true believer of the 'experience' is the leitmotif of life started her carrier as an airline stewardess has become directors of many organisations. She started a theatre group with children, 'Kids World', pioneering professional children's theatre in Delhi.

Kiran Chopra, Founder Chairperson of Varishth Nagrik Kesari Club is an Entrepreneur, Educationist and a Humanist to the core. Being wife of Ashwini Kumar Chopra a senior journalist, Punjab Kesari, she used to remain involved in looking after the newspaper. Their efforts have made Punjab Kesari as highest circulated news paper in the country.

Nalini Singh has been the anchor for several current affairs programs on Doordarshan, and is most known for her program, Aankhon Dekhi, on investigative journalism.

Rohit Bal a Kashmir boy started his first independent launch in 1990. He is an absolutely a trend setter for the designer wear in India which has now turned into a massive industry and has given opportunities to millions.

Shallu Naveen Jindal is one of the great Indian classical dancer of Kuchipudi. She is also the Founder President of the Young FICCI Ladies Organisation (YFLO).

Promila Saraf is the president of women and child welfare centre in Andhra Pradesh, working to integrate children with special needs through her schools.

Rajesh Bedi is one of India's biggest names in the genre of wildlife photography and has worked towards portraying and conserving wildlife.

Shovana Narayan is best known as one of the best Kathak danseuses in the world has been awarded with The Padma Shri. Her guru is Pt. Birju Maharaj. Narayan is a multitalented Science Graduate.

Sonal Kalra is an award-winning Indian journalist-author, presently with the Hindustan Times.
Dr. Sushil Choudhry, a gold medalist, acclaimed medical doctor and the founder of Ishwar Charitable Trust and Icare Hospita in Noida. His NGO 'ICT' and  Icare Eye Hospitals is providing eye treatments to underprivileged rural population through their outreach programs.

Shujaat Khan belongs to the Imdad Khan Gharana of Sitar. His style of playing known as Gayaki Ang. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album for his work.

Vandana Luthra has helped many people in transforming their life. She believes in three ideologies transforming future, transforming self and spreading happiness.

Vir Sanghvi is the best-known is an Indian print and television journalist, columnist, and talk show host.

Vinod Kapur, an institute by himself for promotion of Indian classical music and artists from various part of India.

William Dalrymple, is an award winning British historian and writer, a curator, a prominent broadcaster and a critic. He is also one of the co-founders and co-directors of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival.

Aruna Dalmia's Akshay Prathishthan provides primary as well as further education to hundreds of children, along with healthcare and therapeutic services, community development programs, vocational training facilities for those who are differently abled.

Dr Shyama Chona has also been the proud recipient of many awards, the most prestigious being the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Shri and two National Awards.

Dr Suresh Kumar Goel has spearheaded the beaurocratic functions in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi as the Director and Joint Secretary, as is currently the Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

After graduating from Delhi University, Umesh Aggarwal started working with the Indian Television industry in 1985. Six years later he directed his first television show and soon thereafter, launched News and Entertainment Television.

Kiran Bedi's career in the police force marked over 35 years of creative and reformative policing and prison management.

Prathibha Prahlad is a celebrated Indian exponent of the Bharatanatyam, a and a cultural visionary Sanjay Bhattacharyya graduated Govt College of Art and Craft Kolkata. With oil and water color as his main medium, he has exhibited his paintings in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, New York, London, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and many other countries. As a painter he has also been commissioned to paint the portraits of past presidents Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma and K.R. Narayanan to adorn the walls of Rashtrapathi Bhawan as well as portraits of past Prime Ministers Indira and Rajiv Gandhi.

WHEN: 19 Feb, 5:45 pm onwards
WHERE: Kamani Auditorium
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