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18th February  |  7pm Onwards  |   New Delhi

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India TV Yuva Awards 2013 Initial Nominations
 
The online voting has been closed. Please see the list of nominees below.
 
Politics
 
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Jitin Prasada

Jitin Prasada, 39, is the son of late Congress leader Jitendra Prasada.

Presently he is the minister of state for Human Resource Development. Prior to that he was the minister of state for Road Transport and Highways.

Jitin Prasada, considering to be one of the close associates of Rahul Gandhi, was elected from Dhaurahra Lok Sabha constituency in Lakhimpur Kheri district of UP.

Born in Shahjahanpur, Jitin studied at The Doon School and did his B. Com (Hons) from Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. He did his MBA from IMI, New Delhi.

His sister, Janhavi Prasada, is a documentary filmmaker and peace educator.

Married to TV journalist Neha Seth, Jitin Prasada’s interests include bird watching and jungle safari.

He won his first election to Lok Sabha from Shahjahanpur in 2004.

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Jitin Prasada

Jitin Prasada, 39, is the son of late Congress leader Jitendra Prasada.

Presently he is the minister of state for Human Resource Development. Prior to that he was the minister of state for Road Transport and Highways.

Jitin Prasada, considering to be one of the close associates of Rahul Gandhi, was elected from Dhaurahra Lok Sabha constituency in Lakhimpur Kheri district of UP.

Born in Shahjahanpur, Jitin studied at The Doon School and did his B. Com (Hons) from Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. He did his MBA from IMI, New Delhi.

His sister, Janhavi Prasada, is a documentary filmmaker and peace educator.

Married to TV journalist Neha Seth, Jitin Prasada’s interests include bird watching and jungle safari.

He won his first election to Lok Sabha from Shahjahanpur in 2004.

 
 
Akhilesh Yadav

One of the youngest chief ministers of India, Akhilesh Yadav is a popular youth icon of Uttar Pradesh.

The 39-year-old politician is the son of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. Born in Saifai village of Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh lost his mother Malti Devi in childhood.

Akhilesh had his education from St Mary’s School in Etawah, and Dhaulpur Military School. He did his B. Tech in Civil Engineering from Sri Jaichamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore and his M. Tech in Environmental Engineering from the University of Sydney.

On return from his studies in Australia, Akhilesh Yadav joined active politics. He became a member of Parliament from Kannauj thrice, before spearheading his party to a big victory in the UP assembly elections in 2012.

A tireless activist, Akhilesh covered 10,000 kilometres and addressed more than 800 rallies for nearly 6 months in the run-up to the elections galvanizing the youths of Uttar Pradesh. The most endearing quality in his leadership is that the people of the state see in him their leader of the future.

Akhilesh’s wife Dimple was elected member of Parliament from Kannauj opposed. They have three children – Aditi, Tina and Arjun. Akhilesh loves playing football and cycling.

It was Akhilesh who promised free laptops and computer education to students on behalf of his party during the UP assembly elections. He has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook.

As chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav regularly holds Janata Durbars at his official residence in Lucknow, and loves to listen to people’s grievances.

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Akhilesh Yadav

One of the youngest chief ministers of India, Akhilesh Yadav is a popular youth icon of Uttar Pradesh.

The 39-year-old politician is the son of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. Born in Saifai village of Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh lost his mother Malti Devi in childhood.

Akhilesh had his education from St Mary’s School in Etawah, and Dhaulpur Military School. He did his B. Tech in Civil Engineering from Sri Jaichamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore and his M. Tech in Environmental Engineering from the University of Sydney.

On return from his studies in Australia, Akhilesh Yadav joined active politics. He became a member of Parliament from Kannauj thrice, before spearheading his party to a big victory in the UP assembly elections in 2012.

A tireless activist, Akhilesh covered 10,000 kilometres and addressed more than 800 rallies for nearly 6 months in the run-up to the elections galvanizing the youths of Uttar Pradesh. The most endearing quality in his leadership is that the people of the state see in him their leader of the future.

Akhilesh’s wife Dimple was elected member of Parliament from Kannauj opposed. They have three children – Aditi, Tina and Arjun. Akhilesh loves playing football and cycling.

It was Akhilesh who promised free laptops and computer education to students on behalf of his party during the UP assembly elections. He has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook.

As chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav regularly holds Janata Durbars at his official residence in Lucknow, and loves to listen to people’s grievances.

     
 
Milind Deora

Milind Deora is a young emerging politician from India’s financial capital Mumbai. Son of veteran Congress leader, Murli Deora, Milind had his edication in Cathederal & John Connon School, and later at Sydenham College and Boston University.

He hold a graduate degree in Business and Political Science from Boston University, and is presently the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, apart from holding charge as Minister of State for Shipping.

The 36-year-old politician was elected twice from Mumbai South constituency to the Lok Sabha, first in 2004 and then in 2009.

Milind is known for his hands-on approach and is popular among his constituents—who range from poor mill workers to multi-billionaire industrialists—for various initiatives he has taken in his constituency.
A good orator and debater, he is part of the group around Congress vice president rahul Gandhi. Milind is an accomplished blues guitarist having several performances to his credit.
He is married to Pooja Shetty, daughter of film producer. Manmohan Shetty His brother Mukund is a disc jockey. Milind enjoys swimming and playing squash. He is the member of Breach Candy Swimming & Bath Trust; Bombay Gymkhana and Cricket Club of India.

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Milind Deora

Milind Deora is a young emerging politician from India’s financial capital Mumbai. Son of veteran Congress leader, Murli Deora, Milind had his edication in Cathederal & John Connon School, and later at Sydenham College and Boston University.

He hold a graduate degree in Business and Political Science from Boston University, and is presently the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, apart from holding charge as Minister of State for Shipping.

The 36-year-old politician was elected twice from Mumbai South constituency to the Lok Sabha, first in 2004 and then in 2009.

Milind is known for his hands-on approach and is popular among his constituents—who range from poor mill workers to multi-billionaire industrialists—for various initiatives he has taken in his constituency.
A good orator and debater, he is part of the group around Congress vice president rahul Gandhi. Milind is an accomplished blues guitarist having several performances to his credit.
He is married to Pooja Shetty, daughter of film producer. Manmohan Shetty His brother Mukund is a disc jockey. Milind enjoys swimming and playing squash. He is the member of Breach Candy Swimming & Bath Trust; Bombay Gymkhana and Cricket Club of India.

 
 
Deepender Singh Hooda

Deepender Singh Hooda is among the young politicians who form the core of Rahul Gandhi’s youth brigade. Born in Rohtak, Haryana, this 35-year-old politician is the son of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Deepender is the third generation politician of his family, his grandfather being Ranbir Singh, Haryana’s renowned freedom fighter, member of Constituent Assembly and a minister in undivided Punjab.

Deepender holds B.Tech and MBA degrees. He was educated at Birla Institute, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak and Indiana University, USA.

The young politicians won the Lok Sabha elections twice, first in 2004 and then in 2009 from Rohtak constituency by huge margins. He has been made a member of the Congress elections coordination committee for 2014 under the chairmanship of Rahul Gandhi.

Deepender was the architect behind the victories of NSUI candidates in the Delhi University Students Union elections. He also planned Rahul Gandhi-led Bhatta Parsaul farmers agitation in UP and organized the Congress rally in Delhi in favour of FDI in multi-retail sector.

A good orator, Deepender loves to remain active among party workers and is a source of inspiration for the young brigade.

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Mausam Noor
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Chhavi Rajawat

Chhavi Rajawat is one among the emerging game-changers of Indian rural society. She is an elected sarpanch from a male-dominated Rajasthan village, wears jeans and T-shirt, rides a horse named Magic, and chucked up her job after doing MBA to work for the betterment of her village.

An alumnus of Rishi Valley School, Andhra Pradesh, Mayo College Girls School, Ajmer, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi, Chhavi, after doing her MBA in Pune, worked for prominent corporates, before she left city jobs and went to her village Soda, 60 kilometres away from Jaipur.

Chhavi’s grandfather Brig Raghubir Singh was the sarpanch of the village. The young Chhavi became the sarpanch and began implementing projects like rain water harvesting and toilets facilities for the villagers. Presently, she is concentrating on providing drinking water and employment.

Chhavi Rajawat was honoured by former President APJ Abdul Kalam at the Technology Day function at New Delhi. Chhavi is the probably the only female village sarpanch in India who has done MBA.

Chhavi says, we have to introduce e-services to change the face of rural India. ‘Yes, we can’, is her motto. In the beginning she did not get any help from the NGOs or from the private sector, but a senior adviser of United Nations came forward and provided her help.

“I want to repay what my village has given to me”, says Chhavi.

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Chhavi Rajawat

Chhavi Rajawat is one among the emerging game-changers of Indian rural society. She is an elected sarpanch from a male-dominated Rajasthan village, wears jeans and T-shirt, rides a horse named Magic, and chucked up her job after doing MBA to work for the betterment of her village.

An alumnus of Rishi Valley School, Andhra Pradesh, Mayo College Girls School, Ajmer, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi, Chhavi, after doing her MBA in Pune, worked for prominent corporates, before she left city jobs and went to her village Soda, 60 kilometres away from Jaipur.

Chhavi’s grandfather Brig Raghubir Singh was the sarpanch of the village. The young Chhavi became the sarpanch and began implementing projects like rain water harvesting and toilets facilities for the villagers. Presently, she is concentrating on providing drinking water and employment.

Chhavi Rajawat was honoured by former President APJ Abdul Kalam at the Technology Day function at New Delhi. Chhavi is the probably the only female village sarpanch in India who has done MBA.

Chhavi says, we have to introduce e-services to change the face of rural India. ‘Yes, we can’, is her motto. In the beginning she did not get any help from the NGOs or from the private sector, but a senior adviser of United Nations came forward and provided her help.

“I want to repay what my village has given to me”, says Chhavi.

     
 
Bhavana Gawali

Bhavana Gawali is among the emerging young Shiv Sena leaders from Maharashtra who has been elected to the Lok Sabha thrice.

Born in 1973, Bhavana Gawali represents the Yavatmal-Washim constituency of Maharashtra in the Lok Sabha.

She was also earlier elected from Washim constituency to the Lok Sabha. Thirtynine-year-old Bhawana has been associated with Vidyarthi Jan Jagran Abhiyan and Yuva Chetna Manch. She has also fought for women’s rights and justice and had been helping youths for their employment opportunities.

She is the founder president of Mahila Utkarsh Pratishthan in Washim.

Bhawana has fought for getting remunerative prices for cotton growers of Maharashtra.

She is the head of the Shiv Sena women’s wing in Washim, and has been running several women’s organizations.

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Bhavana Gawali

Bhavana Gawali is among the emerging young Shiv Sena leaders from Maharashtra who has been elected to the Lok Sabha thrice.

Born in 1973, Bhavana Gawali represents the Yavatmal-Washim constituency of Maharashtra in the Lok Sabha.

She was also earlier elected from Washim constituency to the Lok Sabha. Thirtynine-year-old Bhawana has been associated with Vidyarthi Jan Jagran Abhiyan and Yuva Chetna Manch. She has also fought for women’s rights and justice and had been helping youths for their employment opportunities.

She is the founder president of Mahila Utkarsh Pratishthan in Washim.

Bhawana has fought for getting remunerative prices for cotton growers of Maharashtra.

She is the head of the Shiv Sena women’s wing in Washim, and has been running several women’s organizations.

 
 
Agatha K. Sangma

Daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, Agatha K. Sangma, 29, became the youngest minister in Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s council of ministers in 2009.

Elected from Tura constituency to Lok Sabha from Meghalaya, on a Nationalist Congress Party ticket, Agath was born in Delhi. She did her masters from Nottingham University on environmental management, and later got her LLB degree from Pune University, and joined the bar at Delhi High Court. She resigned from the Union Council of Ministers, after her father Sangma quit the NCP during the presidential elections.

P A Sangma says, he named his daughter after the famous mystery novel writer Agatha Christie.

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Agatha K. Sangma

Daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, Agatha K. Sangma, 29, became the youngest minister in Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s council of ministers in 2009.

Elected from Tura constituency to Lok Sabha from Meghalaya, on a Nationalist Congress Party ticket, Agath was born in Delhi. She did her masters from Nottingham University on environmental management, and later got her LLB degree from Pune University, and joined the bar at Delhi High Court. She resigned from the Union Council of Ministers, after her father Sangma quit the NCP during the presidential elections.

P A Sangma says, he named his daughter after the famous mystery novel writer Agatha Christie.

 
 
Music
 
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Sukhwinder Singh

Sukhwinder Singh is one of the most popular singers in Bollywood. Starting from his famous sing “Chaiyya Chaiyya” for which he won the Best Male Playback Award at the 1999 Filmfare Awards, Sukhwinder has come a long way.

The song from the film Dil Se, was composed by A. R. Rahman, written by Gulzar, and sung in duet with Sapna Awasthi.

Sukhwinder later gained more international fame for singing "Jai Ho" from the film Slumdog Millionaire, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a

Originally from Amritsar, Sukhwinder first performed on stage at the age of 8.

He also released a Punjabi album, joined Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s troupe and quickly became a music arranger, before heading to the south to look for work. At this time he did a film called Rakshakudu.

Singh got his break in the movie Karma. He later went to England and the US After his song in Dil Se.. became a hit, he worked for films like Taal, Biwi No. 1, 1947 Earth, Daag, Jaanwar, Dillagi, Moksha, Thakshak, Tere Naam, Apna Sapna Money Money, Shadi Se Pehle, Shabd, Chak de! India, Om Shanti Om and Black and White. .

Sukhwinder has done the playback singing for Shahrukh in six songs. Of these, "Chaiyya Chaiyya", “Dard-E-Disco" from Om Shanti Om, "Chak De India",”Haule Haule" from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and "Marjaani" from Billu all went on to become hits.

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Sukhwinder Singh

Sukhwinder Singh is one of the most popular singers in Bollywood. Starting from his famous sing “Chaiyya Chaiyya” for which he won the Best Male Playback Award at the 1999 Filmfare Awards, Sukhwinder has come a long way.

The song from the film Dil Se, was composed by A. R. Rahman, written by Gulzar, and sung in duet with Sapna Awasthi.

Sukhwinder later gained more international fame for singing "Jai Ho" from the film Slumdog Millionaire, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a

Originally from Amritsar, Sukhwinder first performed on stage at the age of 8.

He also released a Punjabi album, joined Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s troupe and quickly became a music arranger, before heading to the south to look for work. At this time he did a film called Rakshakudu.

Singh got his break in the movie Karma. He later went to England and the US After his song in Dil Se.. became a hit, he worked for films like Taal, Biwi No. 1, 1947 Earth, Daag, Jaanwar, Dillagi, Moksha, Thakshak, Tere Naam, Apna Sapna Money Money, Shadi Se Pehle, Shabd, Chak de! India, Om Shanti Om and Black and White. .

Sukhwinder has done the playback singing for Shahrukh in six songs. Of these, "Chaiyya Chaiyya", “Dard-E-Disco" from Om Shanti Om, "Chak De India",”Haule Haule" from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and "Marjaani" from Billu all went on to become hits.

 
 
Shaan

Shaan is the son of late music director Manas Mukherjee and the brother of singer Sagarika. His real name is Shantanu Mukherjee. His father died when Shaan was 13.

Hailing from a Bengali family from Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, Shaan, 40, is one of the known playback singers of Bollywood.

Shaan recorded his first film song for the film Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi in 1999. His songs 'Musu Musu Haasi' and 'Woh Pehli Baar' were both huge hits.

He sang 'Toone Mujhe Pehchana Nahin' (Raju Chacha), 'O Re Kanchi' (Asoka), 'Nikamma Kiya Iss Dil Ne' (Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa) and 'Woh Ladki Hai Kahaan' and 'Koi Kahe' (Dil Chahta Hai).

Soon Shaan spun chartbusters like 'Mohabbat Hai Mirchi' from the latter film, 'Jadoo Hai Nasha Hai' (Jism), 'It's The Time To Disco' and 'Kuch To Hua Hai' (Kal Ho Naa Ho), 'Subha Ho Gayi Maamu' (Munna Bhai MBBS), 'Shikdum' (Dhoom) and more.

Hits in films like Dus, Lakshya, Hum Tum, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Fanaa, Partner, Jab We Met, and Saawariya followed, but after this came a lull as trends changed.

Shaan hosted TV shows Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs, Star Voice of India and STAR Voice of India 2.

In Music Ka Maha Muqabla, his team, Shaan's Strikers, finished as the runners up to Shankar Mahadevan ’s team.

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Shaan

Shaan is the son of late music director Manas Mukherjee and the brother of singer Sagarika. His real name is Shantanu Mukherjee. His father died when Shaan was 13.

Hailing from a Bengali family from Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, Shaan, 40, is one of the known playback singers of Bollywood.

Shaan recorded his first film song for the film Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi in 1999. His songs 'Musu Musu Haasi' and 'Woh Pehli Baar' were both huge hits.

He sang 'Toone Mujhe Pehchana Nahin' (Raju Chacha), 'O Re Kanchi' (Asoka), 'Nikamma Kiya Iss Dil Ne' (Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa) and 'Woh Ladki Hai Kahaan' and 'Koi Kahe' (Dil Chahta Hai).

Soon Shaan spun chartbusters like 'Mohabbat Hai Mirchi' from the latter film, 'Jadoo Hai Nasha Hai' (Jism), 'It's The Time To Disco' and 'Kuch To Hua Hai' (Kal Ho Naa Ho), 'Subha Ho Gayi Maamu' (Munna Bhai MBBS), 'Shikdum' (Dhoom) and more.

Hits in films like Dus, Lakshya, Hum Tum, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Fanaa, Partner, Jab We Met, and Saawariya followed, but after this came a lull as trends changed.

Shaan hosted TV shows Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs, Star Voice of India and STAR Voice of India 2.

In Music Ka Maha Muqabla, his team, Shaan's Strikers, finished as the runners up to Shankar Mahadevan ’s team.

     
 
Sonu Nigam

Born in Faridabad, Haryana on July 30, 1973, Sonu Nigam is one of the most popular playback singers in Bollywood. His father was a known stage singer and from the age of three, Sonu began singing. From Delhi, Sonu shifted to Mumbai and had to pass through many obstacles in Bollywood.

He made his debut at the age of 18 in “Aaja Meri Jaan”. The film could not be released. He began singing for T-Series music albums.

Sonu Nigam then sang for Sanam Bewafaa, which was a hit, and then came a stream of offers. He got two Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback in Saathiya, Kal Ho Na Ho. He also won the National Awards for Best Playback singer for Kal Ho Na Ho.

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Sonu Nigam

Born in Faridabad, Haryana on July 30, 1973, Sonu Nigam is one of the most popular playback singers in Bollywood. His father was a known stage singer and from the age of three, Sonu began singing. From Delhi, Sonu shifted to Mumbai and had to pass through many obstacles in Bollywood.

He made his debut at the age of 18 in “Aaja Meri Jaan”. The film could not be released. He began singing for T-Series music albums.

Sonu Nigam then sang for Sanam Bewafaa, which was a hit, and then came a stream of offers. He got two Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback in Saathiya, Kal Ho Na Ho. He also won the National Awards for Best Playback singer for Kal Ho Na Ho.

 
 
Ritesh & Rajnish Misra

Ritesh and Rajnish Misra belong to a family of maestros with a 300-years-old lineage of the great Banaras music Gharana. Sons of Pandit Rajan Misra, Ritesh & Rajnish have risen to share their genetic talent and fruits of hard training with the classical music lovers the world over. Blessed by Goddess Saraswati , the brothers touch the heart of listeners with their melodious voice.

Ritesh is 36 and Rajnish is 33. They both studied at Delhi University apart from carry on with their strenuous practice sessions under the guidance of their father Pandit Rajan Misra and uncle Pandit Sajan Misra.

Ritesh and Rajnish render Khayal, Tappa, Tarana, Bhajan and other classical forms with deep knowledge of ragas, having hundreds of rare compositions under their sleeves with accurate and soulful notes and near perfect timing.

The brothers have been accompanying the Rajan-Sajan Misra groups for a number of years, and have performed their duo performances around the globe.

The brothers have performed at prestigious concerts all over the world. Their work with famous composer Michael Nymen was released as an album named Sangam. The two have sun third track “Mahadeva” in the album called “Rise”, that was nominated for the Grammy Awards.

The brothers have also performed for All India Radio and Doordarshan. They were awarded the Yuva Ratna Award in 1999 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustaad Bismillah Khan Award in 2008. They were recently conferred the Sangeet Samriddhi Samman.

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Ritesh & Rajnish Misra

Ritesh and Rajnish Misra belong to a family of maestros with a 300-years-old lineage of the great Banaras music Gharana. Sons of Pandit Rajan Misra, Ritesh & Rajnish have risen to share their genetic talent and fruits of hard training with the classical music lovers the world over. Blessed by Goddess Saraswati , the brothers touch the heart of listeners with their melodious voice.

Ritesh is 36 and Rajnish is 33. They both studied at Delhi University apart from carry on with their strenuous practice sessions under the guidance of their father Pandit Rajan Misra and uncle Pandit Sajan Misra.

Ritesh and Rajnish render Khayal, Tappa, Tarana, Bhajan and other classical forms with deep knowledge of ragas, having hundreds of rare compositions under their sleeves with accurate and soulful notes and near perfect timing.

The brothers have been accompanying the Rajan-Sajan Misra groups for a number of years, and have performed their duo performances around the globe.

The brothers have performed at prestigious concerts all over the world. Their work with famous composer Michael Nymen was released as an album named Sangam. The two have sun third track “Mahadeva” in the album called “Rise”, that was nominated for the Grammy Awards.

The brothers have also performed for All India Radio and Doordarshan. They were awarded the Yuva Ratna Award in 1999 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustaad Bismillah Khan Award in 2008. They were recently conferred the Sangeet Samriddhi Samman.

 
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Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal, India’s young nightingale, became a household name after she started singing for Bollywood films beginning with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas.

She began singing from the age of four with her mother accompanying on the harmonium.

She got training in Hindustani classical music from Mahesh Chandra Sharma in Kota. As a child, she won the children's special episode of the Sa Re Ga Ma contest on Zee TV.

Kalyanji, who judged the competition, convinced her parents to move to Mumbai. She was trained by Kalyanji for 18 months and she continued her classical music training with Mukta Bhide in Mumbai.

Shreya was born in Behrampore, West Bengal, and grew up in Rawatbhata, Rajasthan. His father is a nuclear power plant engineer working with Nuclear Power Corporation of India.

She earned fame after winning the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa music contest and caught the attention of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his film Devdas. Ghoshal sang five songs in the film.

For her performance she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, as well as Filmfare's RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. She also won the National Film Award for the song "Bairi Piya".

Shreya became the playback singer for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Khaki, Action Replay and Guru, and her fame spread.

Shreya has won Filmfare Awards for Best Playback Singer for films Devdas, Jism, Guru and Singh is Kinng.

She also won the IIFA awards in 2009 for Singg is Kinng, and in 2012 for the film Bodyguard. She was also nominated for IIFA awards in 2010 and 2011.

The 28-year-old singer has received State Film Awards from Malayalam and Tamil film industries and Filmfare awards in Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.

In 2003, Shreya made an on-screen appearance in the film Saaya, singing "Har Taraf". Shreya says, “For me, singing is a form of acting in films”. She loves to tweet on Twitter.

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Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal, India’s young nightingale, became a household name after she started singing for Bollywood films beginning with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas.

She began singing from the age of four with her mother accompanying on the harmonium.

She got training in Hindustani classical music from Mahesh Chandra Sharma in Kota. As a child, she won the children's special episode of the Sa Re Ga Ma contest on Zee TV.

Kalyanji, who judged the competition, convinced her parents to move to Mumbai. She was trained by Kalyanji for 18 months and she continued her classical music training with Mukta Bhide in Mumbai.

Shreya was born in Behrampore, West Bengal, and grew up in Rawatbhata, Rajasthan. His father is a nuclear power plant engineer working with Nuclear Power Corporation of India.

She earned fame after winning the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa music contest and caught the attention of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his film Devdas. Ghoshal sang five songs in the film.

For her performance she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, as well as Filmfare's RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. She also won the National Film Award for the song "Bairi Piya".

Shreya became the playback singer for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Khaki, Action Replay and Guru, and her fame spread.

Shreya has won Filmfare Awards for Best Playback Singer for films Devdas, Jism, Guru and Singh is Kinng.

She also won the IIFA awards in 2009 for Singg is Kinng, and in 2012 for the film Bodyguard. She was also nominated for IIFA awards in 2010 and 2011.

The 28-year-old singer has received State Film Awards from Malayalam and Tamil film industries and Filmfare awards in Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.

In 2003, Shreya made an on-screen appearance in the film Saaya, singing "Har Taraf". Shreya says, “For me, singing is a form of acting in films”. She loves to tweet on Twitter.

 
Sunidhi Chauhan
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Sports
 
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Abhinav Bindra

India’s ace shooter Abhinav Bindra is the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Born in Dehradun to a Punjabi Sikh family based in Zirakpur, Punjab, Abhinav began to learn shooting at his father’s indoor shooting range, when he was 10 years of age. His mentors had been Lt Col D S Dhillon and Amit Bhattacharjee.

At the age of 15, Abhinav participated in the 1998 Commonwealth Games and also in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. He returned empty handed, but that did not deter him from his perseverance. He tasted his first success in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, and then went on to win golds at ISSF World Shooting Championship and the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. His ultimate success was the gold he won in the 10 metre Air Rifle event at the Beijing Olympics.

The 30-year old shooter got the Arjuna Award at the age of 18, and in the very next year he was awarded the nation’s highest sports honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. He was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2009.

After doing his management studies, Abhinav Bindra became the CEO of Abhinav Futurists, the sole distributor of Walther arms and ammunitions in India.

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Abhinav Bindra

India’s ace shooter Abhinav Bindra is the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Born in Dehradun to a Punjabi Sikh family based in Zirakpur, Punjab, Abhinav began to learn shooting at his father’s indoor shooting range, when he was 10 years of age. His mentors had been Lt Col D S Dhillon and Amit Bhattacharjee.

At the age of 15, Abhinav participated in the 1998 Commonwealth Games and also in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. He returned empty handed, but that did not deter him from his perseverance. He tasted his first success in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, and then went on to win golds at ISSF World Shooting Championship and the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. His ultimate success was the gold he won in the 10 metre Air Rifle event at the Beijing Olympics.

The 30-year old shooter got the Arjuna Award at the age of 18, and in the very next year he was awarded the nation’s highest sports honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. He was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2009.

After doing his management studies, Abhinav Bindra became the CEO of Abhinav Futurists, the sole distributor of Walther arms and ammunitions in India.

 
 
Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh is one of the most popular icons of Indian cricket. Son of former fast bowler and Punjabi film actor Yograj Singh, Yuvraj Singh was born in 1981 in Chandigarh.

An explosive batsman, Yuvraj holds the world record of scoring six sixers in an over in the 2007 World Twenty20 tournament, a feat never performed in an international between between two Test cricket nations. Yuvraj at the age of 13, played for Punjab Under-16 and later the Punjab Under-19 team. He began playing in Ranji Trophy from 1997 and made his debut in Test cricket in 2003.

So far, Yuvraj has scored three Test centuries and 13 centuries in one-day internationals. He was also the vice captain of India’s ODI team in 2007-08.

Yuvraj was given the Man of the Tournament award in the 2011 Cricket World Cup for scoring 362 runs and bagging 15 wickets. He was one of the top performers in the 2007 World Twenty20 Cup tournament.

In 2011, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston, USA. He was discharged, has fully recovered and has since made a comeback in cricket. He was given the Arjuna Award in 2012. After Sachin, Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, he is the fourth Indian batsman to score more than 8,000 runs in ODIs.

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Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh is one of the most popular icons of Indian cricket. Son of former fast bowler and Punjabi film actor Yograj Singh, Yuvraj Singh was born in 1981 in Chandigarh.

An explosive batsman, Yuvraj holds the world record of scoring six sixers in an over in the 2007 World Twenty20 tournament, a feat never performed in an international between between two Test cricket nations. Yuvraj at the age of 13, played for Punjab Under-16 and later the Punjab Under-19 team. He began playing in Ranji Trophy from 1997 and made his debut in Test cricket in 2003.

So far, Yuvraj has scored three Test centuries and 13 centuries in one-day internationals. He was also the vice captain of India’s ODI team in 2007-08.

Yuvraj was given the Man of the Tournament award in the 2011 Cricket World Cup for scoring 362 runs and bagging 15 wickets. He was one of the top performers in the 2007 World Twenty20 Cup tournament.

In 2011, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston, USA. He was discharged, has fully recovered and has since made a comeback in cricket. He was given the Arjuna Award in 2012. After Sachin, Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, he is the fourth Indian batsman to score more than 8,000 runs in ODIs.

     
 
Sushil Kumar

Sushil Kumar is the new generation Indian wrestler who has made his impact felt on the world stage. He is the first Indian to win two Olympic gold medals – first, a bronze in Beijing Olympics, followed by a silver in London Olympics.

Sushil Kumar is also the first Indian to win a gold in FILA World Wrestling Championship in 2010.

Born in a middle-class Jat family in Baprola village of Delhi’s Najafgarh, Sushil Kumar began training under the supervision of Arjuna awardee wrestler Satpal. His father, a bus conductor, used to cycle 30 kilometres daily to provide 4 litres of milk to his son training at Chhatrasal stadium.

A strict vegetarian, the 29-year-old wrestler made his mark in the 66 kg freestyle category, winning the Arjuna award in 2006, and jointly winning the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sports honour, jointly, after the Beijing Olympics.

Currently, Sushil is practising for the next World Wrestling Championship. He works as an assistant commercial manager in Indian Railways.

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Sushil Kumar

Sushil Kumar is the new generation Indian wrestler who has made his impact felt on the world stage. He is the first Indian to win two Olympic gold medals – first, a bronze in Beijing Olympics, followed by a silver in London Olympics.

Sushil Kumar is also the first Indian to win a gold in FILA World Wrestling Championship in 2010.

Born in a middle-class Jat family in Baprola village of Delhi’s Najafgarh, Sushil Kumar began training under the supervision of Arjuna awardee wrestler Satpal. His father, a bus conductor, used to cycle 30 kilometres daily to provide 4 litres of milk to his son training at Chhatrasal stadium.

A strict vegetarian, the 29-year-old wrestler made his mark in the 66 kg freestyle category, winning the Arjuna award in 2006, and jointly winning the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sports honour, jointly, after the Beijing Olympics.

Currently, Sushil is practising for the next World Wrestling Championship. He works as an assistant commercial manager in Indian Railways.

 
 
Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina is one of the brilliant young Indian cricketers who have made their mark by dint of their skill and perseverance. Born in Srinagar’s Rainawari locality to a Kashmiri Pandit family, Raina shifted to Ghaziabad because of turmoil in the Valley. He took up cricket seriously in 2000 and captained the Under-16 team from Uttar Pradesh. He was selected at the age of 15, to tour England as part of Under-19 team.

He made his Ranji Trophy debut for Uttar Pradesh in 2003. The very next year in the Under-19 World Cup, Raina scored three half centuries and was given the Border-Gavaskar scholarship to train at the Australian cricket Academy. An attacking left-handed middle-order batsman, a good fielder and an occasional off-spin bowler, 26-year-old Raina holds the record of being the only Indian to score a century in all formats of international cricket.

Raina made his ODI debut in 2005 against Sri Lanka at the age of 18 but his Test debut came five years later, again against Sri Lanka. Raina was a part of India's World Cup winning team of 2011.

The highest run-getter in IPL, Raina is the vice-captain of Chennai Super Kings.

During the England team’s tour of India in 2012, which India won 3-2, Raina slammed 277 runs at an average of 92.33 with four consecutive half centuries.

He became the 13th Indian batsman to cross 4000 international runs in his 159th ODI and got his first man of the series award in this format.

He also broke into the ICC top 10 batsmen for the first time in his career after this series.

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Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina is one of the brilliant young Indian cricketers who have made their mark by dint of their skill and perseverance. Born in Srinagar’s Rainawari locality to a Kashmiri Pandit family, Raina shifted to Ghaziabad because of turmoil in the Valley. He took up cricket seriously in 2000 and captained the Under-16 team from Uttar Pradesh. He was selected at the age of 15, to tour England as part of Under-19 team.

He made his Ranji Trophy debut for Uttar Pradesh in 2003. The very next year in the Under-19 World Cup, Raina scored three half centuries and was given the Border-Gavaskar scholarship to train at the Australian cricket Academy. An attacking left-handed middle-order batsman, a good fielder and an occasional off-spin bowler, 26-year-old Raina holds the record of being the only Indian to score a century in all formats of international cricket.

Raina made his ODI debut in 2005 against Sri Lanka at the age of 18 but his Test debut came five years later, again against Sri Lanka. Raina was a part of India's World Cup winning team of 2011.

The highest run-getter in IPL, Raina is the vice-captain of Chennai Super Kings.

During the England team’s tour of India in 2012, which India won 3-2, Raina slammed 277 runs at an average of 92.33 with four consecutive half centuries.

He became the 13th Indian batsman to cross 4000 international runs in his 159th ODI and got his first man of the series award in this format.

He also broke into the ICC top 10 batsmen for the first time in his career after this series.

 
 
Mithali Raj

Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj is the first Indian female to score a double century in cricket, a world record. At the age of 19, Mithali cracked 214 runs in the second and final test at Taunton against England. Mithali broke the previous world record of 209 runs held by Australia’s Karen Bolton.

The 30-year-old player, as a teenager, used to watch her brother play cricket, and she caught coach Jyoti Prasad’s eye. Her father Dorai Raj, a bank employee, encouraged her to play cricket while mother Leila Raj left her job to groom her daughter.

An avid fan of Sachin Tendulkar, Mithali got the Arjuna award in 2004 for her achievements on the field. In 2006, the Indian team under Mithali Raj defeated England 1-0 in the latter’s soil earning her accolades. She scored 114 runs and remained unbeaten in her first one-day international at Milton Keynes, Ireland.

In 2010, the Hyderabad-born cricketer got the No.1 ICC ranking. “I love watching Sachin’s straight drives and square cuts on TV”, says Mithali.

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Mithali Raj

Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj is the first Indian female to score a double century in cricket, a world record. At the age of 19, Mithali cracked 214 runs in the second and final test at Taunton against England. Mithali broke the previous world record of 209 runs held by Australia’s Karen Bolton.

The 30-year-old player, as a teenager, used to watch her brother play cricket, and she caught coach Jyoti Prasad’s eye. Her father Dorai Raj, a bank employee, encouraged her to play cricket while mother Leila Raj left her job to groom her daughter.

An avid fan of Sachin Tendulkar, Mithali got the Arjuna award in 2004 for her achievements on the field. In 2006, the Indian team under Mithali Raj defeated England 1-0 in the latter’s soil earning her accolades. She scored 114 runs and remained unbeaten in her first one-day international at Milton Keynes, Ireland.

In 2010, the Hyderabad-born cricketer got the No.1 ICC ranking. “I love watching Sachin’s straight drives and square cuts on TV”, says Mithali.

 
 
Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal, India’s best known face in badminton has several firsts to her credit. She is the first Indian to win an Olympic medal in badminton, she is the first Indian to win a World Junior Badminton title, she is also the first Indian to win five Super Series titles, the Indonesian Open thrice, the Hong Kong Super Series and Singapore Open.

Born in Hisar, Haryana in 1990, Saina shifted with her family to Hyderabad and was influenced by her father Dr Harvir Singh, an oilseeds scientist. Both her parents were badminton champions in Haryana.

Mentored by national coach Pullela Gopichand, Saina appeared on the global scene in 2006, at the age of 16, when she became the first Indian woman to win a 4-star tournament, the Phillipines Open.

Saina was conferred the Arjuna award in 2009 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2010. In 2012, she became the second Indian to win the Denmark Open. Currently, Saina is India’s highest-paid non-cricketing sportsperson. She is presently World Number 5 in badminton rankings.

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Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal, India’s best known face in badminton has several firsts to her credit. She is the first Indian to win an Olympic medal in badminton, she is the first Indian to win a World Junior Badminton title, she is also the first Indian to win five Super Series titles, the Indonesian Open thrice, the Hong Kong Super Series and Singapore Open.

Born in Hisar, Haryana in 1990, Saina shifted with her family to Hyderabad and was influenced by her father Dr Harvir Singh, an oilseeds scientist. Both her parents were badminton champions in Haryana.

Mentored by national coach Pullela Gopichand, Saina appeared on the global scene in 2006, at the age of 16, when she became the first Indian woman to win a 4-star tournament, the Phillipines Open.

Saina was conferred the Arjuna award in 2009 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2010. In 2012, she became the second Indian to win the Denmark Open. Currently, Saina is India’s highest-paid non-cricketing sportsperson. She is presently World Number 5 in badminton rankings.

     
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M C Mary Kom

Magnificent Mary or simply Mary Kom is now a household name among Indian youths. A born athlete, Mary Kom holds the same revered place among Indian sports lovers as P T Usha used to in the Eighties and Nineties.

Mary Kom is a five-time World Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. She is the only Indian woman boxer to have won the bronze medial in the 2012 London Olympics in the flyweight category.

Decorated with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards, Mary Kom is married, has twins and works as a DSP in Manipur Police.

Her husband was a soccer player for Meghalaya and worked in Excise and Customs, but he left his job in order to look after the twins and help Mary Kom blossom into a world-level boxer.

The 29-year-old boxer, she will turn 30 on March 1, belongs to Kom tribal community and has made Manipur proud.

Mary Kom in her early days used to spend time on 400 metre race and javelin, but when she learnt about Manipur’s boxer Dingko Singh winning a gold in Asian Games, she decided to join boxing.

Today Mary Kom ranks no.4 in the AIBA world women’s ranking flyweight category.

Mary Kom’s husband says: “She may be a five-time world champion but inside the house, she is a mother and a wife.”
She also runs the MC Mary Kom Boxing Academy by spending money from her own picket with girls practising under a tin roof.
“Her dream is to produce future champions and she spends all her prize winnings on the academy”, says her husband.

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M C Mary Kom

Magnificent Mary or simply Mary Kom is now a household name among Indian youths. A born athlete, Mary Kom holds the same revered place among Indian sports lovers as P T Usha used to in the Eighties and Nineties.

Mary Kom is a five-time World Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. She is the only Indian woman boxer to have won the bronze medial in the 2012 London Olympics in the flyweight category.

Decorated with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards, Mary Kom is married, has twins and works as a DSP in Manipur Police.

Her husband was a soccer player for Meghalaya and worked in Excise and Customs, but he left his job in order to look after the twins and help Mary Kom blossom into a world-level boxer.

The 29-year-old boxer, she will turn 30 on March 1, belongs to Kom tribal community and has made Manipur proud.

Mary Kom in her early days used to spend time on 400 metre race and javelin, but when she learnt about Manipur’s boxer Dingko Singh winning a gold in Asian Games, she decided to join boxing.

Today Mary Kom ranks no.4 in the AIBA world women’s ranking flyweight category.

Mary Kom’s husband says: “She may be a five-time world champion but inside the house, she is a mother and a wife.”
She also runs the MC Mary Kom Boxing Academy by spending money from her own picket with girls practising under a tin roof.
“Her dream is to produce future champions and she spends all her prize winnings on the academy”, says her husband.

 
 
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Sameer Gehlaut

Sameer Gehlaut, India’s self-made billionaire and the founder of Indiabulls company, owns $1.2 billion assets at the age of 34.

Born in 1974, Gehlaut launched Indiabulls in 2000, and within ten years it rewrote the scene of financial services in India. Gehlaut has since diversified into real estate.

Sameer passed out from IIT in Mechanical Engineering, and with his two pals set up Indiabulls, a stock brokerage company, in Delhi.

The group started its operations from a small office near Hauz Khas bus terminal, and the office had a tin roof and two computers.
In less than 10 years the group has become one of the leading financial services and real estate companies in India, they have a land bank of more than 10,000 acres.
Thirtyeight-year-old Sameer Gehlaut earlier worked for Halliburton in the US, but came to India to start an earthmoving and mining business, run by his family.

Indiabuls were the pioneers in the online brokerage business segment. The company had a young management team and were able to raise money from time to time. Its investors included L N Mittal and Farallon Capital.. In September 2004 the company came out with its IPO..
Indiabulls group has now interests in real estate, consumer finance, mortgages, retail and power, with a market capitalization of more than Rs 25,000 crores.
Sameer’s organised retailing foray began with the acquisition of Piramyd Retail, a lifestyle retail and convenience story chain, in 2007.

Indiabulls is awash in liquidity, which stood at Rs 6,000 crore at last count. Five listed companies are expected to grow revenues from Rs 5,800 crore in the last fiscal year to Rs 7,315 crore by March 2013; and post-tax profits from just under Rs 1,300 crore to Rs 1,730 crore.

Prominent foreign institutional investors like Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Fidelity have also picked up stakes in the two listed companies.

     
     
 
Rajiv Rattan

Rajiv Rattan is the co-founder and vice-chairman of Indiabulls group of companies. He is Executive Vice Chairman and wholetime director of Indiabulls Power Limited since July 1, 2009.

Rajiv Rattan graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi in 1994. He worked with a multi-national company Schlumberger for five years before he co-founded Indiabulls group with his friends Sameer Gehlaut and Saurabh Mittal.

In December 1999, the company built one of the first online platforms in India for offering internet brokerage services.

The group has several businesses which cover Real Estate, Financial Services, Securities, Power and Chartered Aviation.

Rajiv Rattan has experience in the field of financial services, real estate, power and infrastructure sector businesses. He also has experience in process management and task management and is involved in strategic decision making in the company.

Rajiv Rattan has been director on the boards of Indiabulls Financial Services Ltd, Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd, Indiabulls Securities Ltd, Indian Commodity Exchange Limited, Indiabulls Life Insurance Company Ltd, and several other companies.

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Sameer Gehlaut

Sameer Gehlaut, India’s self-made billionaire and the founder of Indiabulls company, owns $1.2 billion assets at the age of 34.

Born in 1974, Gehlaut launched Indiabulls in 2000, and within ten years it rewrote the scene of financial services in India. Gehlaut has since diversified into real estate.

Sameer passed out from IIT in Mechanical Engineering, and with his two pals set up Indiabulls, a stock brokerage company, in Delhi.

The group started its operations from a small office near Hauz Khas bus terminal, and the office had a tin roof and two computers.
In less than 10 years the group has become one of the leading financial services and real estate companies in India, they have a land bank of more than 10,000 acres.
Thirtyeight-year-old Sameer Gehlaut earlier worked for Halliburton in the US, but came to India to start an earthmoving and mining business, run by his family.

Indiabuls were the pioneers in the online brokerage business segment. The company had a young management team and were able to raise money from time to time. Its investors included L N Mittal and Farallon Capital.. In September 2004 the company came out with its IPO..
Indiabulls group has now interests in real estate, consumer finance, mortgages, retail and power, with a market capitalization of more than Rs 25,000 crores.
Sameer’s organised retailing foray began with the acquisition of Piramyd Retail, a lifestyle retail and convenience story chain, in 2007.

Indiabulls is awash in liquidity, which stood at Rs 6,000 crore at last count. Five listed companies are expected to grow revenues from Rs 5,800 crore in the last fiscal year to Rs 7,315 crore by March 2013; and post-tax profits from just under Rs 1,300 crore to Rs 1,730 crore.

Prominent foreign institutional investors like Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Fidelity have also picked up stakes in the two listed companies.

 
Kavin Bharti Mittal
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