NRI TV presenter gets Nazia award
LONDON, NOVEMBER 18, 2005
NRI, Non-Resident Indian TV presenter Anita Anand has won the
Nazia Hassan Award for 2005 in the category of upcoming Television
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),
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,