A Spectacular Night
Maruti Suzuki The 10th Indian Television Academy Awards
The Indian Television Academy made TV feel taller on the 31st October,’10 when the 10th ITA Awards was held at Bhavan’s Cultural Ground in Andheri. The Academy celebrated the 10th year of its crowing glory, ‘The ITA Awards’ with rare razzle-dazzle. The Awards, today, are regarded the most coveted stamp of merit in the medium as well as an annul festival of joy for the entire TV-fraternity in which its who’s who participates along with other glitterati from the world of Films, Corporate and Public-life.
This year, the entries from the Channels and Production-houses touched a historic upwards of two and a half thousand. That proved, if ever one was needed, the total trust of the industry in the Awards. Not only this, the TV-watchers at large also hold the Awards in implicit trust as was evident by the nearly 5,50,000 votes polled in the polling for the ‘Popular’ segment.
The teeming thousands that gathered at the evening were witness to a splendorous event in which the TV’s Bests of the year were conferred The ITA Awards. The set was humongous and dazzling with ‘Bling’ as its theme. It had blinding impact on the audience, while one distinguished TV pro after another walked up to stage to receive his/her trophy at the hands of celebrities from all walks of life.
The ITA Awards are also known for its ‘Special Honours’ every year, besides those concerning TV. It earmarks signal achievements from the general stream of the country and accords recognition to them. In that vein, the Academy decided to honour a few of those who have done the country proud this year in the Commonwealth Games. Hence, Gold-winners like Manoj Kumar (Boxing), Omkar Singh, Harpreet, Vijay Kumar, Gurpreet Singh, Anisa Sayeed, Gagan Narang (Shooting), Jwala Gutta & Ashwin Ponappa (Badminton) were decorated with The ITA honours. Indeed, it was such a sublime moment to watch those glorious achievers striding to the stage for receiving their trophies, to a thunderous applause from the audience!
Says Shashi Ranjan, Convenor, The ITA ‘The Academy is proud of this moment, today! The sterling achievements of these shorts persons have brought glory to the Nation and they deserve to be honoured all across. By honouring them, The ITA has added another feather to its own cap and given a noteworthy account of the spectrum of The ITA Awards!’
The evening was also punctuated by scintillating performances by a host of big time TV stars like Sushant Singh, Angad Hasija, Ankita Lokhande, Hina Khan, Ragini Khanna, Pooja Gaur, Pratyusha Bannerjee, Disha Vakani and other such. There was also a stunning act by the Dance India Dance champ, Dharmesh with stars like Sanjeeda and Akshat. Yet another rollicking act was with TV’s little darlings Sparsh, Ayush and Vaishnavi.
And the fraternity present had the time of their life watching those thudding performances and the entire ambience got turned into a Mela of unbounded fun and frolic.
Says Anu Ranjan, President, The ITA ‘That’s special only to The ITA Awards! The ceremony binds the TV fraternity as one whole. Here, more than winning, it’s the participation that is important. Today, The ITA and its Awards have become synonymous with the industry and it humbles us no end. All we can say is that we will continue to strive for holding the flag of Indian Television aloft for all time to come!’
In sum, The ITA authenticated its mettle for the 10th time in succession for creating a unique community event for the world of Television. It was the biggest night of the Small Screen infused with heaps and loads of pomp and panache!
Some of the star celebrities attending the event were…
Shatrughan Sinha, Deepika Padukone, Kunal Kohli, Sunil Lulla,
Ramesh Sippy , David Dhawan, Sanjay Gadvi, Sanjay Gupta, Bhagyashree, Dheeraj Kumar, Yukta Mookhey, Ramesh Taurani, Ken Ghosh, Shakti Kapoor, Mouli Ganguly, Sharad Kelkar, Kirti Kelkar, Rajshree Thakur, Anu Kapoor, Raza Murad, Harender Singh, Talat Aziz, Sudhansu Pandey …to name a few!
The ITA Special Achiever 2010 - CWG GOLD MEDALIST - Ashwini Ponnappa, Jwala Gutta, Harpreet Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Vijay kumar Sharma, Anisa, Sayyed, Suronjoy Singh and Manoj Kumar Kaltagediya.
The ITA Special Mention ‘2010’ - Wizcraft
The ITA Special Mention ‘2010’ "The Stars of BIDAII / YEH RISHAT KYA KEHLATA HAI / CHAND CHUPA BADAL MEIN
&The Creator RAJAN SHAHI
"The GR8! Laurel for Ensemble Acting
2010" Balika Vadhu