The very first edi­tion of the Star­dust Global In­dian Icon Awards held in New York was a glitzy af­fair. Read on to know how it un­folded…


One of the most pres­ti­gious awards of the year, the first Star­dust Global In­dian Icon Awards held in New York, was ab­so­lutely spec­tac­u­lar. This was the big­gest award show glob­ally that not only fe­lic­i­tated de­serv­ing In­di­ans who have made an in­deli­ble mark across the world, but it also got some of the big­gest names

in New York to­gether un­der one roof. A great feat! No won­der the Star­dust Global In­dian Icon Awards was such a big hit in New York, get­ting even a pres­ti­gious Ci­ta­tion and Procla­ma­tion from New York city. Held at the ma­jes­tic Grand Ball­room at the pres­ti­gious Plaza Ho­tel, this event was in­deed like none other. The event saw a host of celebri­ties from di­verse fields such as new age guru Deepak Cho­pra, busi­ness­man Ra­jat Gupta, celeb chef Vikas Khanna, hote­lier Sant Singh Chat­wal, NBC An­chor Ali Velshi and Raj Nayak, COO of Vi­a­com 18. Hu­man­i­tar­ian and so­cial ac­tivist, the gor­geous and the very gre­gar­i­ous Meera Gandhi’s pres­ence made the evening even more spe­cial. Also spot­ted were the amaz­ingly beau­ti­ful en­tre­pre­neur Poonam Khubani and ed­u­ca­tion­ist San­jay Joshi— two in­cred­i­ble peo­ple who have made In­dia truly proud. De­signer Asma Gulzar show­cased her ex­quis­ite tra­di­tional yet very west­ern bridal col­lec­tion in the Indo west­ern range. The col­lec­tion was beau­ti­ful and vi­brant as it com­prised artis­tic tra­di­tional em­broi­dery, zari and mir­ror work.

The same was fol­lowed by de­signer San­jana Jon’s su­per chic fash­ion show, for which the beau­ti­ful Iu­lia Van­tur was the show­stop­per. And, she un­ques­tion­ably daz­zled the au­di­ence with her stun­ning de­signs. Swami Chi­dananda Saraswati and Sad­hvi too came on stage af­ter San­jana Jon fin­ished her show. The Sad­hvi Bha­gawati Saraswati spoke about stree shakti. Every­one then held hands and took a pledge to save the girl child. Sev­eral Bol­ly­wood celebri­ties such as Sonu Sood, Gul­shan Grover, Mika Singh, Tanushree Dutta, and the power cou­ple Bhushan and Divya Ku­mar also graced the func­tion with their pres­ence. Deepak Cho­pra showed im­mense grat­i­tude and thanked Nari Hira, Chair­man, Magna Pub­lish­ing. He also talked about how he came to Amer­ica with just $ 108 dol­lars in his pocket—an aus­pi­cious fig­ure in Hin­duism—and to­day, he was an em­i­nent world fig­ure. He said he was very thank­ful for the op­por­tu­ni­ties given by the United States. The event show­cased an un­doubt­edly breath-tak­ing per­for­mance by the gor­geous Neetu Chan­dra who paid trib­ute to leg­endary ac­tor, Rekha. The act touched the hearts of the au­di­ence, who gave her a thun­der­ous ap­plause. All in all, it was a won­der­ful event!

Asma Gulzar’s fash­ion show

San­jana Jon, Gul­shan Grover, Dr Deepak Cho­pra, Ashok Dhamankar, Sant Singh Chat­wal and Dr He­tal Gor

Divya Khosla Ku­mar with hus­band Bhushan Ku­mar

En­tre­pre­neur Poonam Khubani re­ceiv­ing the award from Sonu Sood

Sonu Sood and Mika Singh award­ing hote­lier Sant Singh Chat­wal

Sonu Sood award­ing Dr He­tal Gor

Sonu Sood award­ing fash­ion de­signer San­jukta Dutta

En­ter­preneur S V An­chan on re­ceiv­ing the award

Tanushree Dutta Mauro Porcini, Pep­sico Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent and Chief De­sign Ofce re­ceiv­ing the award on be­half of In­dra Nooyi

Neetu Chan­dra

Xen Sams, San­jana Jon and Gul­shan Grover Mika Singh and com­pere Bindu Kohli

San­jana Jon, Su­per­model Xen Sams and pro­ducer Brad Fe­in­stein

Divya Khosla Ku­mar

Sonu Sood award­ing Lawrence Paul

Raj Nayak

Dilip Chauhan, Di­rec­tor Of South East/ Asian Af­fairs

Simi Singh, Pratyush Joshi and San­jay Joshi

Dr He­tal Gor with Sonu Sood

Dr Deepak Cho­pra on win­ning the Global In­dian Icon award

Prashant Rane and Ashok Da­mankar re­ceiv­ing the Procla­ma­tion from Dilip Chauhan

Shrad­dha Rane, An­jana Rane, Pra­tush Joshi, San­jay Joshi, Prashant Rane and Sid­dharth Rane

San­jana Jon, Xen Sams and Bhupin­der Singh Saggu

Raj Nayak with Dr Shivarama Bhandary

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