"What a crowd! What a night! LOVE my job! #avta avta #london."
The inaugural Asian Viewers Television Awards, also known as AVTA, were held at the exquisite Lancaster Hotel in London on Saturday 18 October 2014.
The Awards recognised excellence across Asian television, honouring creative and inspiring individuals. As part of the selection process, viewers had the unique opportunity to vote for the winners under nine separate categories.
Television actor, Karan Tacker hosted the star studded awards show. He entertained audiences with several light hearted and funny moments throughout the evening.
Expressing his thoughts about the event, Karan tweeted saying: “What a crowd! What a night! LOVE my job! #avta avta #london.”
Karan himself launched his career from television, after playing a key role in the Indian Soap Opera, Ek Hazaaron Main Meri Behna Hai. He also came second in season 7 of the Indian Reality Show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
Notable guests in attendance included: Sanaya Irani, Mohit Sehgal, Vivien Dsena, Vahbiz Dorabjee, Mark Ramprakash, Sunny and Shay Grewal, Baljit Rihal, Navin Kundra, Jas Jassal MBE and Preeya Kalidas.
Sanaya Irani of Rangrasiya and Iss Pyaar Ka Kya Naam Doon fame scooped the ‘Female Soap Personality of the Year’ award. Vivien Dsena, from Indian series Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon won the ‘Male Soap Personality of the Year’ award.
Mohit Sehgal picked up the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ award for his role in Qubool Hai, produced by 4 Lions Films.
It was double celebration for NDTV 24×7 as it bagged ‘News Channel of the Year,’ whilst Group Editor and Senior Anchor Person, Barkha Dutt received the award for ‘News Presenter of the Year.’
British singer, Lemar, most famous for the track ‘If There’s Any Justice,’ performed at the Asian Viewers Television Awards. The official event planner for the ceremony was Digi Media Global. Digi Media’s team executed the evening very well, putting up a classy event.
AVTA supported the Silver Star Charity, a registered Charity operating in the UK and India.
The Charity runs Mobile Diabetes Units (MDU), which have a key role in carrying out important diabetes tests, along with promoting culturally sensitive healthcare in the major towns and cities of Britain.
There are currently over three million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK. Considering there are over one million people unknowingly suffering from type 2 diabetes this was an important cause to support.
Everyone who attended gave positive feedback, particularly praising the organiser of the event, Rajan Singh.
Whilst appreciating the former Star Network Executive, Preeya Kalidas tweeted: “Thankyou @rajansinghmedia for one of the best events to celebrate talent @avtaofficial.”
Qualified Solicitor, Neehal Patel tweeted: “@rajansinghmedia delivered a night of glitz and glamour! Definitely a night to remember.”
Here is a full list of the categories and winners at the 2014 Asian Viewers Television Awards:
NEWS PRESENTER OF THE YEAR
Barkha Dutt (Winner)
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Mohit Sehgal (Winner)
MALE SOAP PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Vivian Dsena (Winner)
FEMALE SOAP PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Sanaya Irani (Winner)
REALITY PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR
Nach Baliye (Winner)
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
TV SOAP OF THE YEAR
Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon
GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT CHANNEL OF THE YEAR
Star Plus (Winner)
MUSIC CHANNEL OF THE YEAR
B4U Music (Winner)
NEWS CHANNEL OF THE YEAR
NDTV 24×7 (Winner)
AVTA is certainly a refreshing event, which has truly promoted the best of Asian television in a global context. It will be interesting to see whether AVTA changes location and increases the number of categories for 2015.
With Rajan Singh being at the forefront of the Asian Viewers Television Awards, next year’s event can only get bigger and better. Congratulations to all of the winners!