It was a night of great excitement when Hindustan Times felicitated Top 30 Under 30 achievers under its first Youth Forum at JW Marriott hotel in Chandigarh on Friday.
The event was flagged off by resident editor, HT Chandigarh, Ramesh Vinayak welcoming the audience, followed by a performance by Chandigarh-based fusion band, Just Ittefaq, and leading up to a fiery panel discussion moderated by Priya Gill, assistant features editor, on the topic, Is India short of youth Icons?
Minister of information and public relations, Punjab, Bikram Singh Majithia and member of parliament Deepender Singh Hooda graced the occasion as guests of honour.
The list of panelists included celebrities such as actor Kunal Kapoor, Miss India World 2012 Vanya Mishra, author and screenwriter Kanika Dhillon, singer Rabbi Shergill and actor Gul Panag. The insightful debate saw perspectives and counter questions coming from celebs and politicians, touching subjects like ‘what is the definition of an icon?’, ‘what qualities does an icon need for the youth to look up to them?’ and ‘the state of Indian politics’.
The discussion was followed by a 20-minute live performance by stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma, who with his funny one-liners and jokes, had the audience in splits. Fusing Sufi and folk Punjabi numbers, crooners Hari and Sukhmani along with instrumentalists Thu Le (guitar) and Arshad Khan (israj) had the audience rapt right till the end.
Besides HT’s handpicked achievers and panelists, the night also saw star boxer Vijender Singh, theatre personalities Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry, Manpal Tiwana, Punjabi singers Pammi Bai, Gurkirpal Surapuri, Punjabi actors Jonita Doda, Aman Dhaliwal, actor Gavie Chahal, author-columnist Khushwant Singh, anchor Anshu Sawhney, and journalist Jyoti Kamal, in attendance.