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Videocon India Youth Icon Awards :Priyanka, Hrithik, Katrina, Dhoni & Omar Abdullah Nominated
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The inaugural edition of the India Youth Icon Awards, a Wizcraft initiative in association with Sahara India Media will be presented at an exclusive ceremony on the 25th of September, 2009 at the Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon. A salutation to the undying spirit of the human endeavor to continuously excel, the awards aim to recognize & reward individual excellence and exemplary achievement in the genres of Business, Sports, Entertainment, Media, Social Welfare and Justice, Technology, The Arts, Politics and Entertainment, culminating with the Icon of The Year Award. The nominees are as follows;

Entertainment - Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, Sports - Abhinav Bindra (Shooting), Vijender Singh (Boxing), Saina Nehwal (Badminton), M.S. Dhoni (Cricket), Ritwik Bhattacharya (Squash), Pankaj Advani (Billiards), from Technology - Alok Kejriwal (Chief Executive Officer & Founder/Chairman, Games 2 Win/C2W Companies), Neeraj Roy (Founder,, Anupam Mittal (CEO,, Sachin Bhatia (Founder & CEO,, Rohit Sharma (CEO,, Arts - Chetan Bhagat (Author), Namita Devidayal (Author), Arzan Khambatta (Sculptor), Shafi Quraishy (Artist), Vikram Bawa (Photographer), Tarun Khiwal (Photographer), Entrepreneurship (Private) - Ajay Bijli (Chairman & Managing Director, PVR Cinemas Ltd.), Alok Kejriwal (Chief Executive Officer & Founder/Chairman, Games 2 Win/C2W Companies), Raaja Kanwar (Managing Director, UFO Moviez), Neeraj Roy (Managing Director & CEO,, Sanjay Nayak (CEO & MD, Tejas Networks India Ltd.), Media - Rajdeep Sardesai (Editor-in-chief, IBN Network 18), Harinder Baweja (Editor, Investigations – Tehelka), Barkha Dutt (Group Editor, English News – NDTV), Udayan Mukherjee (Indian TV news anchor and editor, CNBC TV 18), Tarun Tejpal (CEO, Tehelka), Sanjay Gupta (Editor, Dainik Jagran), Social Justice and Welfare - Vikram Akula (Founder and CEO, SKS Micro Finance Pvt. Ltd.), Ambalal Panchal Hiralal, (Social Activist, Community), Mamta Ranka (Social Activist, Community), Shehnaaz (Social Activist, Pukar), Chandrakant Uttekar (Social Activist, Pukar), Rahul Bose (Founder, The Foundation), Arbind Singh (Founder, Nidan) and Politics - Sachin Pilot, Agatha Sangma, Priya Dutt, Omar Abdullah, Milind Deora. The nominees are decided by a panel of illustrious seniors from different walks of life. On the eminent panel are IPS Officer Dr. Kiran Bedi, famed journalist Mr. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Filmmaker Shyam Benegal, Tennis Ace Leander Paes, Renowned Cardiologist Dr. Naresh Trehan, Actor & Social Activist Shabana Azmi, renowned singer Ms. Usha Uthup, and Chairman - Videocon Industries Limited Mr. Venugopal Dhoot. According to Ace Tennis player Leander Paes - The Youth Icon is someone that people can look up to. The way that I have actually looked at these Awards is the wonderful precedence it has that actually gives direction to the youth. We have talked about different categories like Entertainment, Business, Sport, etc.. Longevity in one's profession speaks of an Icon. Renowned director Shyam Benegal also shares his views – Icon is a term of veneration. We make our everyday ideals, our heroes who participate in various human endeavours, our Iconic figures. We have tried to nominate people who have already garnered an Iconic status for the youth of our country.

Talking about the association with the Videocon India Youth Icon Awards, Mr. Pradeep Dhoot, President, Videocon Industries Ltd said, “Videocon as a brand today believes in change, we look forward to be a part of any form of change that is refreshing, entertaining and progressing. IYIA is a platform that acknowledges the drivers of change “The Youth Leaders and Motivators of today” who are greatly responsible for all the positive transformations around us.

Videocon India Youth Icon Awards will be a platform to identify and honour young Indians who can be emulated for their varied contribution and exemplary merit across various fields, having made a positive imprint on our society. They are young achievers and can serve as icons for the youth of our country. These iconic achievers will be honoured with the “I award”. The “I” symbolizing Individual, Inspiration, Icon & India.

On introducing this unique awards property, Mr. Sabbas Joseph, Director, Wizcraft International shared, “We believe that the Youth will take us forward into the next century. It is essential that their Icons be those with determination, courage and aspiration. Instituting the Videocon India Youth Icon Awards is a step in that direction. It’s an endeavor to identify and honor such commendable Individuals He adds, I am very glad that our awards property has an advisory panel of inspiring achievers from different walks of life. They would help us indentify the nominees for different categories”. The winners will then be chosen by the nation, through online voting. The list of the short listed nominees along with details shall be announced and uploaded for online voting by the masses. In case of a tie, the Nominee with more votes from the Advisory Board will be given preference. The decision of the audit firm Ernst & Young shall be final in this regard. The Videocon India Youth Icon Awards is conceptualized and promoted by entertainment and communication major Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. in association with the media partner Sahara India Media. MediaSys Solutions is the exclusive marketing and sales partner of the event.

The event is also supported by the hospitality partner, Leela Kempinski, the Airline partner Kingfisher Airlines. Our Media partners of this year are Radio Partner – BIG 92.7FM, Social Networking Partner – Big Adda, Partner –, DTH partner – BIG TV ,OOH Partner - Laqshya, SMS Partner – Netcore & My Today & Digital Partner – Nautanki TV.

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