India TV Yuva Awards to happen on April 18

14 Apr,2015

By A Correspondent


Union ministers Smriti Irani and Kiren Rijiju, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas and Alka Lamba, Congress leaders Deepender Singh Hooda and Mausam Noor, and Apna Dal MP Anupriya Patel are in the running as youth icons nominated for second edition of the India TV Yuva Awards to be presented on April 18 in New Delhi.


The India TV Yuva awards are presented to youth icons who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their respective fields. The awards are in six categories: politics, sports, music, films, television and business. The awards were instituted in 2013 to honour the most promising young faces of the nation.


In the sports category, those in the running among men include Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan (all cricketers) and Vijay Kumar (Olympian shooter), while among women, it’s:  Saina Nehwal (badminton), Deepika Pallikal (squash), P V Sindhu (badminton)  and Geeta Phogat (wrestler) in the nominations.


Among Bollywood youth icons, those nominated include Arjun Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra, Sushant Singh Rajput and Varun Dhawan in the male category, while Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Parineeti Chopra have been nominated among female actors


In the small screen category, Mohit Raina, Gautam Gulati, Rajat Tokas and Ashish Sharma have been nominated among male actors, Digangana Suryavanshi, Drashti Dhami, Pooja Gaur and Sanaya Irani figure among female TV actors nominated as youth icons.


Singers Arijit Singh, Javed Ali, Benny Dayal, Joi Barua and Papon have been nominated in music category (male), while Shilpa Rao, Kanika Kapoor, Monali Thakur and Palak Muchhal have been nominated as female icons in music.


In the business section, Rahul Sharma (Micromax), Kunal Behl (Snapdeal), Bhavish Aggarwal (Ola!) and Peyush Bansal (Lenskart) have been nominated among male icons while Avani Davda (Tata Starbucks), Priya Nair (Hindustan Unilever), Neha Kirpal (India Art Fair) and Radhika Ghai Aggarwal (ShopClues) are in the running in female category.


The nominations have been made through a stringent process involving recommendations by the editorial board, followed by a stratified research by a research partner C-Voter and subsequently decided upon by a jury led by Sarod maestro Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan.  The jury included  adman-lyricist Prasoon Joshi, Vandana Luthra, Prof Pushpesh Pant and India TV Chairman and Editor-in-ChiefRajat Sharma.


Speaking on the awards, Ritu Dhawan, Managing Director & CEO of India TV said: “Yuva Awards is a humble attempt by India TV to encourage the spirit of excellence and inspire fellow Indians.”


The event will be executed by Wizcraft International. Dainik Bhaskar and Pioneer Publicity corporation are partners to the initiative that is sponsored by Vimal Pan Masala, Dr Ortho and No Scars.


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