She Inspires Awards is an attempt to acknowledge the ordinary women who have done great things without much complaint ….reports Asian Lite News
Keep up your faith to go high and fly, even after so many pains and struggles. You can turn from a caterpillar to a butterfly. Life gives you a second chance: a call to grow. Things will definitely look up. For all those who have gone through those thorns silently, ‘She Inspires’ was conceptualised. It was held in the Houses of Parliament on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
It is an award to acknowledge the ordinary women who have done loads without much complaint. The evening was graced by three Members of Parliament. The Chief Guest for the evening was Mr Bob Blackman MP. The guests of honour were Mr Virendra Sharma MP, Ms Rupa Haq MP, Dr Rami Ranger CBE, Ms Raageshwari Loomba. Among the special guests were Ms Kamu Palan of Golden Tours and Mattur Nandakumara, Executive Director of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Satya Minhas, President, Metropolitan Hindu association
Also present were Cllr Sitarah Anjum for Cleveland London Borough of Ealing, Cllr Bandna Chopra and Cllr Dr Aysha Raza , Labour Councillor for Greenford Green
Few more prominent guests were Vineet Johri, C.K. Naidu, Ejaz Rabbani photographer, Chirag Tyagi, Udeshwar Kumar Singh from Bihari Connect UK & Ireland and Rajesh Vishwakarma from Uttar Pradesh Community Association of United Kingdom , Rahul Ithape from Nakshi, Vilas Kalkar, Ashok Kumar Chauhan , Mr Philip Abraham ( Kerala Link), Dr Crabtree Director, Inter Faith Network for the UK.
On the panel of judges besides the three Councillors were, Cllr Rehana Ameer, Dr Arpita Ray, Lakshmi Kaul, Founder Nainika Tikoo Memorial Foundation for Allergy Care & Brain Research, Trupti Patel, President Hindu Forum, , Krishna Pujara, CEO, Enfield Saheli UK, Chair All Ladies League United Kingdom (UK). Moya Goatley (Author), Kirti Soni, Founder Jeevan Organ & Blood Donation Group, Dr Seema Anand ( mythologist, writer, storyteller ) , Ms Mira Mishra Kaushik Director, Akademi , Renowned Kuchipudi dancer Arunima Kumar and Entrepreneur Erika Haag.
The programme started with Manasi P Adholiya reading out a poem written by her as a tribute to mother. Darshana Shah announced her Poetry book release. Passionate singer Shweta Dhall set the mood for the evening with her song. And the upcoming talented versatile singer Sparsh Bajpai blended the Indo / British evening with her jazz! The tag line for the event was- Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary! It was a celebration of womanhood!! Each of the finalists went back with a certificate!!
‘She Inspires Dharma Dubey Awards went to Mr Rami Ranger’s late mum Mrs Hans Kaur, Raageshwari Loomba , Priya Virmani, Rupal and Jyoti ! All for standing against the odds and being a Spirited Fighter!! They didn’t let circumstances, break them!
Mr Ranger was born two months after the assassination of his illustrious father Shaheed Nanak Singh, Rami Ranger was raised by his remarkable mother who was a teacher. She could not give him much financial support, but instilled the right values in him which became the bedrock of his success. Today, Mr Ranger is the chairman of Sun Mark Ltd and Sea, Air & Land Forwarding Ltd, two of Britain’s fastest-growing companies. Both have received prestigious awards from the Queen.
Rageshwari Loomba is an actor, singer and motivational speaker cutting across all age groups. Her miraculous recovery from Bell’s palsy is inspirational. In 2000 at the peak of her career, her face got paralysed. Instead of the regular approach, Raageshwari nosedived into Mindfulness and Mind Power for her recovery. Raageshwari then worked with HH Dalai Lama, Jack Canfield and the late Louise Hay to spread the message of Mindfulness. Raageshwari delivered a baby girl at 41, despite naysayers and doctors who advised her against it. She now lives in London with her husband, Barrister Sudhanshu Swaroop QC and daughter Samaya. Raageshwari runs her Mindfulness company Unicorn World here and is a living example of “if your mind can perceive it, you can achieve it”
Ms Purnima Raval joined the Metropolitan Police Force in September 1980, at a time when there was a lot of racial tension. She felt that the Police service did not reflect the communities it served and there was a need for change.
Dr.Priya Virmani is a political and economic analyst, a writer, a disruptive social entrepreneur and a passionate advocate for women’s Issues. She is the Founder and Director of Paint Our World, a humanitarian project that empowers and rehabilitates underserved children who have endured unimaginable trauma www.paintourworld.org such as rape, child abuse and becoming orphaned.
Jyoti Vekaria- Fighting Cancer, still not cured.. Event Management, on call counselling domestic abuse victims, Cricket enthusiast.
Rupal Trivedi- Despite the skin disease and social stigma around it, she does loads of volunteering. Teaches dancing, yoga . Tries to counsel and give company to remove loneliness.
For the Preliminary round to sort out the best 50 nominations from 100’s of nominations received, the judges were: Zamiha Desai, ( Recommend Asian and Professional Asian) , Smita Sarkar a writer, a filmmaker and a journalist, Neha Agarwal ( Akshaya Patra a charity which feeds million kids in India), Lakshmi Vyas (President Hindu Forum of Europe ), Riddhi Vyas ( Lawyer and Speaker for Shyam) , Gairika Mathur ( Lawyer and renowned Odissi dancer ), Dr Seema Dutta ( Keyajee Clinic ), Lade ( Convener Nous Organisation), Sakshi Vishvesh Director Brit Asian Beauty Pageants, Sulekha Davda Banker, Cllr Chetna Halai , Tejal Shah IT Consultant , Shital Kamdar ( Lawyer ) Manu Khajuria ( Founder Voice of Dogras ), Darshana Shah ( Author and Poet ), Bhanu Sistla ( Educationist ), Sonal Sher (Owner of artisan brand Eindie, Founding Trustee SHCA, Director Jammu Kashmir Festival ), Kuldeep Kaur Gill ( Community Ambassadress)
List of Finalists / Winners
Welfare or Social Worker (Community Spirit)
Padmaja KVS – Vice President, AIJAA, Anjie Chhapia, Chaitali Das, Chhaya Mirpuri, Snehalatha Reddy , Shruti Sharma, Anjana Thaker
Winner – Chaaya Mirpuri
Special Mention- Anjie Chhapia
Jagruti Mehta Sanghavi, Sonal Dave, Pavithra Vaidyanathan, Samiksha Bajaj, Ekta Bajaj and Monica Sood (Joint nomination), Meera Vinay
Winner – Pavithra Vaidyanathan
Special Mention- Jagruti Mehta Sanghvi
Defied the Odds (Spirited Fighter)
Ritu Sharma, Gargi Prakashi Joshi, Purva Prakash Joshi, Nabanita Ghosh, Bhavika Parekh
Winner – Bhavika Parekh
Bright Artist (Art, Music, Drama, Media, Creative, age 40+)
Kajal Sharma, Usha Raghavan, Tarla Mashru , Prachi moharir bajaj
Winner – Usha Raghavan
Special Mention- Kajal Sharma
Sarika Soni, Monica Mendiratta, Ranee Om Pprakash, Prachi Misra
Winner – Monica Mendiratta
Bright Artist (Art, Music, Drama, Media, Creative, age 21-40)
Vidya Prakash, Prachi Thakur Mistry, Chinu Kishore, Aarushi Thakur Rana
Winner- Aarushi Thakur Rana
Shivali Ruparelia, Jasmine Vithalani, Jyoti Joshi, Indu Barot, Alamara Katrina Awan
Special Mention- Alamara Katrina Awan
Winner – Monica Mendiratta
Sheila Brahmbhatt, Veena Subramaniam , Nimishi Turumella, Bhoomi Thaker
Winner – Sheila Brahmbhatt
Special Mention- Veena Subramaniam
Special Mention- Kiran Anil Tanikella
Differently Abled Rising Star
Bhavini Makwana, Puja Solanki, Rupal Trivedi
Winner – Joint Winners Bhavini Makwana, Puja Solanki
Bright Artist (Art, Music, Drama, Media, Creative, age 3-20)-
Vrinda Singhal, Deeva Karnani (8 years old), Nishi Joshi-Bhatt
Winners- Vrinda Singhal
Special Mention- Deeva Karnani ( 8 years old)
Sribhavani Rakesh, Kiran Anil Tanikella, Dr Mano Manoharan
Winner- Dr Mano Manoharan
Special Mention- Kiran Anil Tanikella
Outstanding Educational Leader –
Dr Chand Trehan, Mrs Kamal Deep Peter, Ms Hasmet nathekar
Winner – Ms Hasmet Nathekar
Special Mention- Dr Chand Trehan
Popular Choice – Padmaja KVS