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Sonu Nigam wins Award at 21st Century Icon Awards, UK

Popular Bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam has been honoured with ‘Magnificent Performing Arts Award’ at the 21st Century Icon Awards in London, United Kingdom (UK).

Key Highlights

He was among a host of winners across a range of categories at a gala awards ceremony held in UK. The ceremony was devised as a celebration of dynamic entrepreneurs and successful individuals chosen from hundreds of nominations from all across the world.

The nominations for the annual award were from 22 different countries.

About 21st Century Icon Awards

These annual awards are the brainchild of UK-based Indian-origin entrepreneurs Preeti Rana and Tarun Ghulati, co-founders of Squared Watermelon Ltd.

The 2019 edition of awards attracted more than 700 nominations which were narrowed down to 44 finalists.

Judges panel included personalities from varied fields, such as-

  • Sandip Verma: British Indian peer Baroness
  • Ibukun Adebayo from London Stock Exchange’s International Markets Unit
  • Denise Lewis: former British Olympic champion

The judges met in August 2019 to decide on the final 18 winners.

Other winners at 21st Century Icon Awards Ceremony

Outstanding Media and Entertainment Award: Kalli Purie, Vice-Chairperson of India Today Group

Specialist Professional Award: Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance UK

Inspirational Icon Award: Asha De Vos, Marine Biologist, Ocean Educator and Pioneer Blue Whale Research within Indian Ocean

Competitive Sports Award: Rachael Burford, Rugby Player and Founder of Burford Academy UK

49th International Film Festival of India opens in Panaji, Goa

49th International Film Festival of India began in Panaji, capital of Goa. The theme of for this year’s film festival is New India through a variety of genres of cinema, including history, action, romance and sports. Jharkhand is focus state for this year, with Jharkhand Day being celebrated on 24th November as part of festival. The focus country is Israel.

Key Facts

This edition of the festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries which reflects diversity of taste. International Competition section has 15 films out of which 3 are Indian.  Competition section represents films produced and co-produced by 22 countries. 26 feature and 21 non – feature Indian films will be screened in Indian Panorama section. The opening film of the festival was “The Aspern Papers”, which tells story of obsession, grandeur lost and dreams of Byronic adventures.

This year as extension of Khelo India Branding, Indian Sports Biopics will also be screened including Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and MSD: The untold story. The festival will also includ tribute to iron man Sardar Patel. The Homage section of this festival will pay tribute to Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, Karunanidhi and Kalpana Lajmi.

International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

It is biggest state-backed film festival and conducted jointly by Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Directorate of Film Festivals and Government of Goa. It was founded in 1952 and since then held annually in Goa. It aims at providing common platform for cinemas of world to project the excellence of the film art. It also seeks to contribute to create awareness for understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in context of their social and cultural ethos and promote friendship and cooperation among people of the world.