Aneel Murarka & Poonam Dhillon’s have innovated one of a kind initiative IIAA, an award ceremony to glorify the achievements of Indians at a global level, ably supported by Mr. Rana Kapoor of Yes Bank, Mr. Shishir Bajaj of Bajaj Group & Mr.Vijay Kalantri of Dighi Ports took place at Film city amidst the big wigs of tinsel town.
The award took place in the gracious presence of the Chief Guest Shri Nitin Gadhkai Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj
The first of its kind award ceremony was anchored by the very charismatic Ayushman Khurana who spinned his magic and kept the audience engaged with his wit, energy & charm. Apart from Ayushman’s anchoring the extravaganza also witnessed captivating performance of effervescent & charming Parineeti Chopra paying a tribute to the legendary director Late Mr. Yash Chopra by highlighting the essence of Yashji’s filmography and got emotional not only while rehearsing but while performing too.
Adding to the glitzkrieg, the Current Reigning Favourite of the Masses, The stunning Alia Bhatt wowed the audience as the superstar grooved to the tunes of her hits with her live-wire performance.
A bevy of guest and celebrities like Dharmendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Pamela Chopra, Aadesh Srivastav, Sunidhi Chauhan, Dr. Rishma Pai, Parineeti Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Shaina NC, Nana Chudasma, all joined in the celebration to honour the Indian Achievers who have not just glorified the Indian flag on the international soil by carving a niche for themselves in various countries on the globe in diverse fields Academics, Literature, Business and Finance, Science and IT, Medicine, like Entertainment Media ,.There were two special Awards for a Young Achiever and one for a Non-Indian who was awarded as ..Friend of India .
With the heads held up high, the evening was dedicated to felicitate the aspirants marking their excellence in different fields. The pioneers who deservingly triumphed upon the hearts of millions and engraved their names on the trophy were –Vatsala Mathew for her excellence in the field of Academics Sanjeev Sanyal for his excellence in the field of Literature, Yogesh Mehta for his excellence in Business & Finance, Dr.Subra Suresh for his excellence in the field of Science & IT, Dr.Jeevanandam Valluvam for his excellence in the field of Medicine, Hard Kaur for her excellence in the field of Films and Entertainment, Arishaya Mutha for being a Young Achiever for achieving success at a young age and Jacqueline Lundquist for her extraordinary contribution as Friend of India .
IIAA celebrates these outstanding pioneers for exhibiting phenomenal success in their respective fields and waving the Indian Tri-colour high and making the country proud in various walks of life.
Glorying the Dwaparayuga in his designs, the ace and renowned designer Rohhit Verma showcased his “Draupadi” collection offering a slew of sartorial designs. Inspired from the epic Mahabharata, the models walked the ramp donning this rare couture creation. Keeping with the idea of contemporary women, he even gave his ornate Indian Bridal lehengas an exquisite touch of Kalyuga. Usage of bright colors and heavy embellishment, his rare creations propelled the audience to go back in time and experience the richness & royalty in fashion then Krystal dsouza presented a wonderful performance and enthralled the audience.
Speaking passionately about YES BANK, IIAA's Poonam Dhillon says, “This venture has been my dream for years. I strongly believe in IIAA being a pioneer for bringing extraordinary Indians from across the globe together, to not just celebrate but collaborate to make our country even more proud globally and to inspire & motivate our youth in India to do better with hard work and dedication... Poonam Dhillon furthers adds, "We have Iconic Indians like Lakshmi Mittal, Hinduja Brothers, Indra Nooyi, Sabeer Bhatia, Swaraj Paul, Amartya Sen, Salmaan Rushdie, Fareed Zakaria, Bobby Jindal, Zubin Mehta, Sant Chatwal, Vijay Amritraj, Deepak Chopra, MN Shyamalan, Rohinton Mistry, Vinod Dham, Nikki Haley, Amar Bose, Jhumpa Lahiri, Russel Peters and many more who have done India proud across the world . IIAA's constant endeavour will be to salute and bring to Forefront many Global Indians who have brought glory to our country. Tonight IIAA honoured & recognized some of the most outstanding Indians who have made their mark in their chosen fields & we promise to continue with this tradition every year.”
Aneel Murarka, playing a strategic role in IIAA is a known philanthropist proudly mentions "IIAA is a project extremely close to our heart. It is an ode of thanks to all the Indians who have brought laurels, fame & recognition to our country on foreign soils. We have worked hard to put everything together & are continuing to receive unprecedented support from our friends in India & across the globe to realise this dream of billions of Indians & for IIAA to be not just successful but purposeful in meeting its global objectives. He further zestfully adds that IIAA is a result of our pure passion for its cause and not a commercial project.
YES BANK, the proud global partners of IIAA, is the outcome of the professional & entrepreneurial commitment of its Founder,Rana Kapoor & its top management team to establish a high quality customer centric, service driven, private Indian Bank catering to the future businesses of India. YES BANK has adopted international best practices, the highest standards of service quality & operational excellence & offers comprehensive banking & financial solutions to all its valued customers.
YES BANK has a knowledge driven approach to banking and provides a proven superior customer experience for its retail, corporate & emerging corporate banking clients. YES BANK is steadily evolving as one of the most professionally managed & fastest growing banks in India with the long term mission of ‘Building the Best Quality Bank of the World in India’ by 2020.
Speaking about the association with IIAA, Mr. Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK mentions, “The international Indian Achievers Award is a significant Global Initiative to recognize the Indians who have achieved tremendous success & excellence across the globe. YES BANK is proud to partner the IIAA & I’m sure these awards will play an important role in showcasing India’s achievements & talent at the global level.”
The eminent Advisory board comprised of Mr.Rana Kapoor as Chairman, Mr. Shishir Bajaj, Mr. Aneel Murarka, Ms. Poonam Dhillon, Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Dr. Hrishikesh Pai &Mr.Raian Karanjawala all of whom have came forward to support the initiative purely for their passion & belief in IIAA.
Poonam Dhillon further highlights that the extremely high standards set up by a very eminent jury along with a very diligent global selection procedure not only ensures the genuineness but also helps us distinguish us as the most trusted Award event in the category worldwide. Poonam further explains “We had set up a Jury of globally acclaimed Experts from every field to select the winners & awardees in various categories. In a hope to scale the horizon all of us have dreamt of and to raise the bar for recognising these special extraordinary Indians worldwide from various fields, Poonam says IIAA will continually strive towards adopting a unique, detailed & robust process of highest global standards to maintain its consistency & delivery of the set objectives.
Dainik Bhaskar group has been at the forefront of supporting stellar initiatives & recognising outstanding work in the society& we are delighted to announce its partnership with International Indian Achievers Award and celebrate the spirit of achievement. Dr Bharat Agrawal of Dainik Bhaskar group has always supported the agents of social upliftment & he was glad to support IIAA as they have found IIAA as a promising platform for the same.