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NRI TV presenter gets Nazia award


NRI, Non-Resident Indian TV presenter Anita Anand has won the Nazia Hassan Award for 2005 in the category of upcoming Television broadcasters.

At a function held in the Attlee suite of the House of Commons here last night, awards, in the form of individually engraved silver plaques, were also given to 16 others, including Hardeep Singh Kohli (Writer/Director), Nitin Ganatra (performing Arts), both NRIs.

Sarwar Ahmed (Print media) and Karachi-born Son Lalvani, chief of the Bar Bollywood, a popular Indian restaurant (Reaching families) also got the award. The programme was dedicated to the victims of the South Asian earthquake.

Other recipients included Sadia Mahmud-Marshall (Rights of Children), Ebba Qureshi (Coordinator), Frances R. Don (Social Work), Iram Shah and Shahid Luqman (both Business), Shahid Malik, MP, and Sadiq Khan MP (both politics).

The awards were instituted in memory of Nazia Hassan, best known for her music. Her song 'baat ban jaiay' for Hindi film 'Qurbani' revolutionized south-Asian music and introduced Asian pop music to the subcontinent.

With her brother Zoheb Hassan, Nazia sold a staggering 60 million records and became an international name at the tender age of 13. Nazia died of cancer in August 2000 in her early 30s.

Present on the occasion were Atul Khare, Director, Nehru Centre and Minister for Culture in the Indian High Commission, Abdul Basit, Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan, and Mohammad Sarwar, MP.