NDTV turns 25 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, recognises 25 legends

16 Dec,2013

By A Correspondent


We weren’t physically present or invited to give you a first-hand view, but given the significance of the occasion, we bring you a report nevertheless. On Saturday (Dec 14), NDTV marked 25 years of news broadcasting by acknowledging 25 Indian living legends for their outstanding contribution. They were acknowledged and felicitated by the  President Pranab Mukherjee at an awards ceremony held by NDTV at the Rashtriyapati Bhawan.


Amitabh Bachchan, Anish Kapur, Amartya Sen, A R Rahman, CNR Rao, Ela Bhatt, Fali Nariman, Indira Nooyi, Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Kapil Dev, Leander Paes, M S Swaminathan, Mukesh Ambani, N R Narayanmurthy, Rajinikanth, Ratan Tata, Sachin Tendulkar, Dr SS Badrinath, S H Raza, Shahrukh Khan, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Vikram Seth, Waheeda Rehman, Y K Hamied and Zubin Mehta were the ‘living legends’ recognized.


Presenting the awards, Mr Mukherjee, said, “What is needed today and what we can draw lessons from the  outstanding performance of these 25 great Indians is that we cannot have a shortcut or a bypass to achieve the success, to reach the top, to be the models of others.”


Addressing the ceremony, Dr, Prannoy Roy, Executive Co-chairperson, said, When we started the first private news on Indian television we were a bundle of nerves, you gave us strength at that time. When we produced India’s first 24 hour news channel 15 years ago, you trusted us then too and we value that trust till today. Tabloidization is a worry but I feel there is a back lash now. We hope and pray that sponsors and advertisers will give greater weightage to content and avoid promoting tabloidization. The time has come to launch India’s version of CNN or BBC or Al Jazeera. NDTV as a truly global channel in our sights, we need your faith, your support and trust in this venture too.”


Partnering NDTV and Tata Consultancy Services in the 25 years celebrations were UFO Media and Hotel Taj Palace.


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