rajiv-gandhi-award-1It was a star-studded award ceremony, all right – from the winners of the Rajiv Gandhi Awards to the luminaries gathered to felicitate them to those gracing the stage to perform there. From film stars like Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, to cricket legends like Azharuddin and Plypians like Abhinav Bindra, the 12th Rajiv Gandhi Awards was held in a grand style at NCPA. Instituted in the memory of the late prime minister, the Rajiv Gandhi awards was definitely not a miss for the people. For the event was studded with actors, sportsmen and politicians bringing both glamour and sports together. The Raiiv Gandhi awards instituted in the year 1996 are presented to those who have achieved excellence in their respective fields, to encourage youth to innovation, and strive for success. The winners of the 12th Rajiv Gandhi Awards are a diverse set of personalities – but one thing they have in common is that they have certainly inspired many to excel. Started with just three categories, the scope of the Awards has grown over the years. This year, they honoured 12 categories of winners: Woman Achiever, Child Prodigy, Education, Young Entrepreneur, Super Achiever, Journalism, Social Field, Global Indian, Sports, Industry and Entertainment. For Education Narendra Jadhav was awarded for his contribution in the field. Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was awarded for Sports. Twinkle-eyed Katrina Kaif along with actor Shahid Kapoor was awarded in the field of entertainment. Avika Gor of balika Vadhu was awarded in the Child Prodigy category. And to make it an even bigger honour, the awards were distributed in the presence of a host of dignitaries, including Vilasrao Deshmukh, Ashok Chavan, Milind Deora, Sanjay Nirupam, Mohammed Azharuddin, Sangeeta Bijlani, Priyanka Chopra and Madhur Bhandarkar. This year, the theme was celebration of the young and successful India. With cameraperson Ranjit Gupta, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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