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NDTV honours 25 Greatest Global Living Indian Legends as it turns 25

In a first, NDTV organised the awards ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan where the legends were felicitated by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | December 16, 2013

NDTV's 25 Greatest Global Indian Living  Legends. Click on the image to enlarge. NDTV's 25 Greatest Global Indian Living Legends. Click on the image to enlarge.

A pioneer in India’s news television, NDTV marked its 25 years of credible, dedicated and path breaking news broadcasting on December 14 by acknowledging 25 Greatest Global Indian Living Legends for their outstanding contribution in association with Tata Consultancy Services, one of the world’s top technology firms. For the first time ever, the Nation witnessed the coming together of twenty five Indian Living Legends on the centre stage. The legends were acknowledged and felicitated by the Honourable President of India, Pranab Mukherjee at an awards ceremony held by NDTV at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

NDTV’s 25 Greatest Global Living Indian Legends

o   Amitabh Bachchan

o   Anish Kapur

o   Amartya Sen

o   A R Rahman

o   CNR Rao

o   Ela Bhatt

o   Fali Nariman

o   Indira Nooyi

o   Hari Prasad Chaursia

o   Kapi Dev

o   Leander Paes

o   M S Swaminathan

o   Mukesh Ambani

o   N R Narayanmurthy

o   Rajinikanth

o   Ratan Tata

o   Sachin Tendulkar

o   Dr SS Badrinath

o   S H Raza

o   Shahrukh Khan

o   Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

o   Vikram Seth

o   Waheeda Rehman

o   Y K Hamied

o   Zubin Mehta

Presenting the awards,  President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, said, “It’s indeed a pleasure for me to be amidst you this evening and to be associated with recognizing these 25 great Indians. While going through their introduction and some of their comments I found out that one striking commonality in all of them that each and every one of them believes in hard work, honesty, commitment to the job, idea to which they furnish. Therefore what is needed today and what we can draw lessons from the  outstanding performance of these 25 great Indians that we cannot have a shortcut or a bypass to achieve the success, to reach the top, to be the models of others.”

Addressing the ceremony, Dr, Prannoy Roy, Executive Co-chairperson, said, “Am here tonight on behalf of everybody at NDTV to thank every single one of you for your trust in us. When we started the first private news on Indian television we were a bundle of nerves, you gave us strength at that time. When we produced India's first 24 hour news channel 15 years ago, you trusted us then too and we value that trust till today. Tabloidization is a worry but I feel there is a back lash now. We hope and pray that sponsors and advertisers will give greater weightage to content and avoid promoting tabloidization. Finally looking ahead at the next 5 years, we believe that soft power will become as important as hardware in global conflict. The time has come to launch India's version of CNN or BBC or Al Jazeera. NDTV as a truly global channel in our sights, we need your faith, your support and trust in this venture too. In a word what brings lump to our throats is simply your trust. To cap all our emotions today,  the 25 Greatest Indian Living Legends have all come here tonight and just by accepting our invitation, they have given the one most valuable thing - their Trust.”

Partnering NDTV and Tata Consultancy Services in the 25 years celebrations are UFO Media and Hotel Taj Palace, a part of the India’s most renowned Hotel chain the TAJ group, as associate sponsor and hospitality partners respectively.

Launched in November 1988, NDTV has become synonymous with credible news. Its first show, 'The World This Week' opened country’s eyes to the world in a way it had never seen before. What was one small step for a company called New Delhi Television Ltd was one giant leap for the Indian broadcasting industry. Together with a 1500 plus strong team of reporters and producers around the country today, the network has been instrumental in building the company’s brand and strength of news delivery. Incisive and creative, NDTV targets the global Indian with news that is credible, true and fast.It is currently the only English News Channel from India which is beamed in the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius and most of the SAARC Countries to reach out to the Indian Diaspora.

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