Luxury League Awards: Felicitating the revivalists of Khadi
Amidst much enthusiasm and gaiety, the Luxury League 2017 Award was given to Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, in recognition of his significant contribution for the revival of Khadi. The award was given during a function at Hotel Hyatt in New Delhi, recently.
Saxena, who received this award for his herculean efforts for the 'revival of Khadi' in the 'Conservation of Heritage and Culture' class, from Jayant Sinha – the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, said that his definition of luxury has changed during the course of time and subsequent responsibilities. "When I was a corporate man, spending quality time with friends and colleagues was a luxury for me. But now as Chairman of KVIC, which revolves around the Gandhian philosophy of self-reliance, I now get luxury in ensuring the bread and livelihood to last man among our valuable artisans. Luxury has no meaning if it does not kindle other's lamp of luxury," he said.
The other recipients of the award included Mridula Sinha, the Governor of Goa, Alexander Zeigler, France Ambassador to India, Amarendra Khatua , former ICCR director general, noted hotelier Arvind Singh Mewar, journalist Rajiv Makhni and art director Sanjoy K Roy.
Earlier the programme was kicked off, when Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of Minority Affairs, inaugurated the function.
The luxury league round table 2017 is an initiative to promote luxury as a powerful agent of change by leveraging India's art and crafts with the intention to create global luxury brands from India.