The spirit of femininity was celebrated with much fanfare at the HT Health Shots She Slays Awards held in New Delhi on April 13. With a lineup of successful people as well as eminent personalities from Delhi’s political, social and cultural circles. Women changemakers, the event stood for all things related to breaking prejudice.
Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Anupriya Patel was the keynote speaker on the occasion. She motivated the winners and the audience to support the Government of India’s efforts towards women leadership development.
“India’s transformation into a developed nation cannot happen without the contribution of women who constitute half of our population. Women are an important human resource, so we believe it is our responsibility to create an enabling environment where women’s potential can be realized and where women can blossom and flourish. ,” Anupriya Patel said in her inspirational speech.
Addressing the audience at the event, Priya Aggarwal Hebbar, President, Hindustan Zinc says, “Few occasions leave one both inspired and humbled. HT Health Shots She Slays Awards was one such event. It felt amazing to be surrounded by so many talented women who broke barriers and prejudices. It is an honor to deliver the opening remarks and pledge to work for a more equitable world!”
Presented by Ambience and powered by Vedanta, the evening gala began on a high note with a performance by Grammy nominated singer Sanjita Bhattacharya. The event was livened up by standup comedians Papa CJ and RJ Supriya Kapoor as hosts.
Senior multilingual singer Usha Uthup’s felicitation as She Sledge Legend was the highlight of the show. The 75-year-old man, who is known for his strong voice, got a standing ovation from the audience. Decked out in her trademark silk saree, bindi and gajra look, Usha Uthup brought the crowd to their feet and sang “Darling”.
The She Sledge Champion Award was given to actress Aditi Rao Hydari, IPS officer Anita Roy, entrepreneur Chandni Nath Israni and the world’s first female professional tabla player Anuradha Pal.
Aditi Rao Hydari credits her mother and grandmother for always encouraging her to dream, be fearless and be a child at heart.
“They have taught me to live my dreams with fearlessness, kindness and dignity… If you are your authentic self, you will always learn, grow and always shine,” Aditi said while receiving the award. Praveen Someshwar, Managing Director & CEO – HT Media Limited, and Ankush Kaul, Chief Business Officer – Ambience Group.
Kaul said, “We are very proud to be associated with the HT Health Shots She Slays Awards. As we collectively move towards women empowerment, an award like this will inspire more people to make their own choices, which is a fundamental human right.”
Syed Rafath Parveen, who died untimely at the age of 40 but lived a saved life as an organ donor, was presented with the Champion Award posthumously.
More than a dozen awards were presented to women who have impacted and impacted lives through their work and journeys.
Winners: Pankati Pandey (Sustainability), Payal Dhare (Gaming), Sahar Mansoor (Entrepreneurship), Dr Rashi Agarwal (Mental Health), Tanya Appachu (Social Media Star), Dr Surbhi Singh (Healthcare), Ashna Bhagwani (Body Positivity). Icon), Neha Rangalani (Health Coach – Nutrition), Leeza Mangaldas (Sexual Health Educator), Anya Vig (Social Welfare), Manu Bhakar (Sports), Joe Modgil (Health – Fitness Coach) and Usha Rengaraju (Technology).
Three Jury Awards were presented to Kritika Ojha in Gaming, Natasha Noel for Yoga Instructor, Body Positivity and Mental Health Effectiveness and Siya Tayal for Youth Achievement in Social Welfare.
The winners were selected based on online voting and review by judges who included Sonal Kalra, Chief Managing Editor, Lifestyle & Entertainment, Hindustan Times, Live Hindustan Executive Editor Jayanthi Ranganathan, veteran beauty expert Dr Blossom Kochhar, Arjuna Award winning rifle shooter Anjali. Bhagwat, Cosmos Maya CEO Megha Tata, Suchitra Rajendra, CEO and Founder QEDHR and environmentalist-activist Repudaman Bevli.
She Slays is an exclusive initiative by Health Shots, a digital health and wellness platform by HT Media for Indian millennial women. It aims to inspire and empower women.