Kanika Kapoor, healthcare heroes bag Asian Achievers Awards in UK.

Celebrating excellence: London event honors diverse talents

by Nouman Rasool
Kanika Kapoor, healthcare heroes bag Asian Achievers Awards in UK.
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In a glittering ceremony held in London, renowned Indian singer Kanika Kapoor, several heroes from the UK's National Health Service (NHS), and other trailblazing individuals of Indian-origin, were celebrated at this year’s Asian Achievers Awards (AAA).

Kapoor, celebrated for hits like ‘Baby Doll’ and ‘Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan’, was honored with a Special Award for Contribution to Music, reflecting her widespread acclaim and her tracks which have been streamed by millions globally.

She expressed her gratitude, stating, "Being amidst such changemakers, especially with the British Prime Minister acknowledging these awards, is truly overwhelming." Prominent figures in the NHS were also spotlighted. Dr. Nikki Kanani, the Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Bexley, was recognized as Professional of the Year.

Fellow healthcare warriors, Salman Desai BEM, noted for his services for the North West Ambulance, and Dr. Lalitha Iyer, lauded for her pivotal role during the Covid-19 pandemic, also received accolades. The British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, in his message, emphasized the significance of the AAA, “These awards are a testament to the remarkable contributions British Asians make, fostering a dynamic and global-facing UK economy”.

Arts and Business Awardees Shine

The evening saw British Indian composer, Jasdeep Singh Degun, bag an award in the Arts and Culture sector. Dr. Harren Jhoti OBE was celebrated as Business Person of the Year, particularly for his groundbreaking work in drug discovery for oncology and neurological conditions.

The spotlight also shone on Entrepreneur of the Year, Tani Dulay, artist Poulomi Desai for her community outreach, and media personality, Anila Dhami. The illustrious Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Shashikant K Vekaria, known for his influential role in UK real estate and philanthropy.

Pratik Dattani, MD of EPG, underlined the importance of this year’s ceremony: "The remarkable rise of South Asians in the UK's political and leadership landscape makes it essential to highlight our community's shining stars." The evening was elevated with the presence of dignitaries like British Indian actor Nitin Ganatra, London’s Deputy Mayor of Business Rajesh Agrawal, and renowned novelist Lord Jeffrey Archer.

The event epitomized the achievements and contributions of British South Asians, spotlighting the ongoing legacy they're creating in the UK.