Navbharat Times, a trailblazer in Indian journalism, recently celebrated its 73rd anniversary in a grand and extravagant event known as “NBT Utsav 2023.” Held at the Sofitel in BKC, Mumbai on the 1st of September, the evening was a dazzling showcase of Navbharat Times’ rich legacy and its commitment to recognizing excellence across various domains. The event not only celebrated the diverse talents that make India proud but also honored those who have contributed significantly to society.
A Star-Studded Evening
The “NBT Utsav 2023” was a star-studded affair, attended by luminaries from Bollywood, esteemed business personalities, and dedicated social workers who have made significant contributions to society. It was a convergence of glamour, success, and altruism, embodying Navbharat Times’ dedication to serving the nation with credible and impactful journalism.
A Tribute to 73 Years
The evening commenced with a heartfelt tribute to Navbharat Times’ illustrious journey over the past 73 years. It underscored the publication’s role in shaping public opinion, fostering societal progress, and upholding the values of truth and integrity. Chief guests, including prominent Bollywood celebrities, respected business leaders, and committed social activists, were warmly welcomed and honored.
Recognizing Unsung Heroes
In addition to the well-known personalities associated with Bollywood, business, and social work, the event also paid homage to the unsung heroes who contribute to the vibrant spirit of Mumbai. Union Minister Shri Piyush Goyal graced the event as the Chief Guest, while Chief Minister Shri. Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Shri. Devendra Fadnavis were special guests for the evening. Distinguished guests such as Mahir Pandhi, Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia, Sandhya Shetty, and Shekhar Khanijo added to the glamour of the red carpet.
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The “NBT Utsav 2023” recognized and celebrated excellence across various fields. Notable personalities from the world of Bollywood, including Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Aanand L Rai, Kajol, Karthik Aryan, Kriti Sanon, Varun Dhawan, Vaani Kapoor, Sanya Malhotra, Manish Paul, Aparshakti Khurana, Aditi Rao Hydari, Vikrant Massey, Kavita Seth, Bhuvan Bam, Kavish Seth, Neha Banerjee, Litisha Bagadia, Pradeep Rathod, Vijay Kedia, Bhagwanji Rayani, Jagdish Kumar Gupta, Abid Surti, Devita Saraf, and Harsh Goenka were honored for their outstanding contributions.
A Night of Performances
The event featured captivating performances that added to its charm. Sufi singer Kavita Seth enchanted the audience with her velvety voice, while Kavish Seth mesmerized with his performance on a self-invented musical instrument, Noori. A stunning Kathak performance by Neha Banerjee and an entertaining act by content creator Bhuvan Bam, who portrayed characters like Titu Mama and Bablu Ji, left the audience enthralled.
A Decade of Celebrations
Navbharat Times has been hosting the ‘NBT Utsav’ for a decade, and each year it gets bigger and better. The event has seen the presence of Bollywood icons such as Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Juhi Chawla, and many more. Besides the film industry, personalities from various fields, including social service, business, medicine, and sports, have been honored, making it a celebration of excellence across domains.
The “NBT Utsav 2023” was a testament to Navbharat Times’ enduring legacy and its commitment to recognizing and celebrating excellence. It was a night of glamour, performances, and heartfelt tributes to the achievers who continue to make India proud. As Navbharat Times enters its 74th year, it does so with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication to serving the nation through responsible and impactful journalism.