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28th Annual KALAKAR AWARDS 2020 Ceremony at Science City Auditorium, Kolkata

Kolkata : KALAKAR AWARDS is recognized as one of the leading awards ceremonies of Eastern India. The brand ‘Kalakar’ is all about a vision and the relentless pursuit towards its success. The 28TH ANNUAL KALAKAR AWARDS is believed to be the biggest event in Eastern India & was held on 5 TH JANUARY 2020 at SCIENCE CITY AUDITORIUM, KOLKATA from 4 p.m. onwards. This is the most eagerly awaited annual event in the cultural calendar of Eastern India, attended by a host of dignitaries, stars and celebrities and draws a huge attention from the electronic & print media. It all started off 28 years ago when Sri Ashok Kalanauria came up with a stirring vision. Kolkata, the home to the finest in CINEMA, TELEVISION & ENTERTAINMENT with its very own Tollywood, lacked the institution of annual awards for the most talented & outstanding. Finally this dream turned into reality on January 01, 1993 when the very 1st Kalakar Awards was hosted at G. D. Birla Sabhaghar. It was a night to remember, with the honoring and felicitating of several artistes for excellence in their work, it wrote a new chapter in the history of Award Ceremonies. This was a stepping stone and a beginning of this exciting journey which gave us a chance to show the people who entertain us, how much we care for them. Year after year, they have been taking this opportunity to give accolades to not only Tollywood Stars but also Stars from Bollywood, by awarding them the lady statuette. Continuously, for 28 years in succession – it was time for the Eastern Indian to Honor the legendary world of Cinema, Television & Entertainment by welcoming & Awarding the Artists, the Performers, the 'Kalakars' who have entertained & enthralled people in the celluloid world of fantasy & fusion, giving their thoughts & dream - a New Dimension. The entire show has NO COMMERCIAL VALUE as there is NO SALE OF TICKETS. Entry was strictly by INVITATION ONLY. The team behind the Kalakar Awards comprises of Various Professionals, High Officials and Celebrities from different walks of life, such as Public Services, Police Services, Banking Sector, Media Sector, Business & Corporate Houses and also from NGO's and Cultural Organizations. This like minded group of people assemble together every year to organize this grand event. Each one brings their own expertise and together unfolds the Annual Kalakar Awards, which is now in its 28TH EDITION. The quest is common, to continue honoring the exceptional talents of BOLLYWOOD & TOLLYWOOD. And to keep the Kalakar Awards flag fluttering high in the winds of CINEMA, TELEVISION & ENTERTAINMENT. Speaking about the event, Mr. Ashok Kalanauria, Founder & Chairman of Kalakar Awards said, “Kalakar Awards is the only Cinema, Television & Entertainment Award that succeeded in breaking the barriers of borders, honouring Stars from Tollywood - Bollywood & eminent personalities from Pakistan, Bangladesh & Nepal with the prestigious Kalakar Award from the last 27 Years. With this we have established International brotherhood. KALAKAR PARIVAR FOUNDATION gratefully thanks its valuable Sponsors, Supporters, Organizing & Advisory Board Members, Print & Electronic Media & all its Well Wishers for the continued support & blessings we have received resulting in its GRAND SUCCESS year after year. ” The Award ceremony also witnessed Dance performances by Crescendo Dance Company (Choreographed by Debraj Ghosal- Debu); Musical performances by Sonakshi Kar (SA RE GA MA PA Fame), Soumya Chakraborty (Indian Idol Fame), Rayan and others. The show was compered by Sweta Tiwari and Isha Sharma.

List of AWARDEES for 2020: CINEMALIVING LEGEND DHRITIMAN CHATERJI (For invaluable contribution to Indian Cinema) BEST FILM SUPER 30 (By Reliance Entertainment) starring Hrithik Roshan BEST FILM PURBO POSCHIM DOKKHIN UTTOR ASHBEI (By Suchandra Vaaniya) BEST FILM MAKER SRIJIT MUKHERJI for Gumnaami BEST ACTRESS MRUNAL THAKUR for Super 30 BEST ACTOR ANKUSH HAZRA for Bibaho Obhijaan BEST ACTRESS RUKMINI MAITRA for Password YOUTH ICON NUSRAT JAHAN (For Contribution in Indian Cinema)  TELEVISIONBEST SERIAL YEH TERI GALIYAN (Zee TV) BEST COMEDY SHOW THE KAPIL SHARMA SHOW (SONY TV) BEST ACTOR PARTH SAMTHAAN as ANURAG - KASAUTII ZINDAGI KAY 2 (STAR PLUS) BEST ACTRESS (WEB SERIES) BARKHA BISHT as KAMINI – KAMINI (HOICHOI APP) FAVORITE ACTOR DHEERAJ DHOOPAR as KARAN – KUNDALI BHAGYA (ZEE TV) FAVORITE ACTRESS VRUSHIKA MEHTA as ASHMITA – YEH TERI GALIYAN (ZEE TV) MOST POPULAR ACTOR AVINASH MISHRA as SHANTANU – YEH TERI GALIYAN (ZEE TV) MOST POPULAR ACTRESS DEEPIKA SINGH as SANDHYA – KAVACH (COLORS TV) MOST STYLISH VAMP ANTARA BISWAS (MONALISA) as MOHANA – NAZAR (STAR PLUS) BEST COMEDIAN KIKU SHARDA as Bachcha Yadav- THE KAPIL SHARMA SHOW (SONY TV) BEST NEWS NETWORK NEWS 18 NETWORK (National Channel) owned by Mukesh Ambani  ENTERTAINMENT50 YEARS OF STARDOM USHA UTHUP (For Iconic Achievement & Contribution to Music for 5 Decades) MUSIC ICON ANU MALIK (For Iconic Contribution In The World Of Music) ACHIEVER AWARD BABUL SUPRIYO (For Contribution In The World Of Music) BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR BICKRAM GHOSH for BASU PORIBAR BEST LIVE PERFORMER IMAN CHAKRABORTY BEST RISING STAR (JAGJIT SINGH MEMORIAL AWARD) ANKITA BHATTACHARYA (Winner SA RE GA MA PA 2018)

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