On September 1st, 2023, the illustrious Navbharat Times, a stalwart in Indian journalism, celebrated its 73rd anniversary in grand style with the “NBT Utsav 2023” at Sofitel, BKC, Mumbai. The event was a resplendent testament to Navbharat Times’ enduring legacy and its unwavering commitment to recognizing excellence across various domains while honoring the diverse array of talent that enriches India’s cultural landscape.
The evening was a star-studded extravaganza, graced by luminaries from Bollywood, eminent figures in the business world, and dedicated social activists who have made significant contributions to society. It was a harmonious blend of glamour, achievement, and benevolence, embodying Navbharat Times’ steadfast dedication to serving the nation with credible and influential journalism.
The event commenced with a heartfelt tribute to Navbharat Times’ remarkable 73-year journey, acknowledging its pivotal role in shaping public opinion, promoting societal advancement, and upholding the principles of truth and integrity. Esteemed chief guests, including renowned Bollywood personalities, distinguished business leaders, and committed social change-makers, were welcomed with profound respect and enthusiasm.
In addition to the prominent figures associated with Bollywood, Business, and Social Work, the event also shone a light on unsung heroes who contribute to the vibrancy of Mumbai. Union Minister Shri Piyush Goyal graced the occasion as the honorable Chief Guest, while Chief Minister Shri. Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Shri. Devendra Fadnavis attended as special guests, adding to the event’s prestige. Notable attendees on the red carpet included Mahir Pandhi, Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia, Sandhya Shetty, and Shekhar Khanijo, who added their star power to the evening.
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Navbharat Times Utsav 2023 bestowed honors upon an impressive array of luminaries from the world of entertainment. Javed Akhtar, Aanand L Rai, Kajol, Karthik Aryan, Kriti Sanon, Varun Dhawan, Vaani Kapoor, Sanya Malhotra, Manish Paul, Aparshakti Khurana, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kavita Seth, Bhuvan Bam, Neha Banerjee, Abid Surti, Devita Saraf, Shekhar Khanijo, Sanjay Saha, Radhika Nanda, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Kripashankar Singh were among those honored for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.
The evening came alive with captivating performances that left the audience spellbound. Sufi singer Kavita Seth enchanted everyone with her velvety voice, while Kavish Seth mesmerized with his unique musical instrument, Noori. Additionally, a graceful Kathak performance by Neha Banerjee and an enthralling act by content creator Bhuvan Bam, who portrayed his beloved characters Titu Mama and Bablu Ji, added to the entertainment quotient.
A Decade of Celebrations
Navbharat Times has been celebrating “NBT Utsav” annually for the past decade, and each edition has been graced by luminaries from various fields. Personalities like Amitabh Bachchan, Asha Parekh, Vidya Balan, Juhi Chawla, Rani Mukherjee, Karan Johar, Ajay Devgan, and many others have attended. In addition to the film industry, the event has honored individuals from diverse sectors, including social workers like Afroz Shah and Amla Ruia, business leaders like Nadia Chauhan, medical professionals like Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, and sports icons like Smriti Mandana.
Navbharat Times Utsav 2023 was not just a celebration of a venerable institution’s anniversary but also a heartfelt acknowledgment of the luminaries who continue to shape and inspire India’s cultural, social, and economic landscape. It was a night to remember, marked by gratitude, celebration, and a commitment to the values upheld by Navbharat Times for over seven decades.