The RITZ Awards for Amazing Women 2008 was bestowed on the following women who most affected the news and our lives, and embodied what was important about the year. . See who made the list this year.
D/o Tamilnadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhii
Kanimozhi is the daughter of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi and Rajathi Ammal.She became a Rajya Sabha member in 2007. She has organised Tamil folk art festivals called Chennai Sangamam.
D/o Superstar Rajnikanth
Soundarya Rajinikanth is a graphic designer in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India who has contributed in several films in Kollywood. Soundarya Rajinikanth is most popularly known for her work in Anbe Aaruyire. She is the youngest daughter of movie star Rajinikanth and the well-known entrepreneur, Latha.
Kushboo Sundar is an Indian actress, television hostess and producer. She is also a judge in the Maanada Mayilaada. She has played in over 100 movies, some of which opposite leading Tamil actors like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sathyaraj and Prabhu. She is known for her TV show Jackpot and her serials Kalki, Janani and Kungumam.
DIL of P. Chidambaram, Union Home Minister
Apollo Medical Co-ordinator Intl. Bharatanatyam Dancer
Srinidhi, from an early age has made her mark in the domain of the Bharatnatyam. She holds the distinction of being the youngest artiste who has performed at the First Natya Kala Conference. Srinidhi, in the last few years, has come forth as a triumphant choreographer and has demonstrated various themes.
Niece of Padma Shri Kamal Haasan
Acclaimed Actress, TV Anchor
Anu is the daughter of the lawyer cum producer Chandrahaasan and the niece of the versatile Tamil actor Kamal Hassan. Anu won the Best Supporting Actress award for her TV role in Anbulla Snehgidhiye, the television serial was adapted/deduced from Chitra Banerjee’s award winning novel Sister of my heart.
D/o Padma Shri Kamal Haasan
Shruti Rajalakshmi Haasan is the daughter of actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika. Shruti focuses on music, cinema and modelling. She has sung in Vaaranam Aayiram under the composition of Harris Jayaraj.
Scion of the Nalli Silks group
Under the leadership of its President and 5th generation entrepreneur, Lavanya R Nalli, Nalli has made its successful foray into allied businesses. Coming on-board the family business after her graduation in engineering, Lavanya R Nalli has professionalized the set-up, ventured into successful product diversification, and conceptualized and explored new retail-formats with the launch of the successful Nalli Next sub-brand.
National Award-winning Actress
Priya Mani is a popular actress who have starred in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films. She won the prestigious National Film Award for Best Actress for her successful role as “Muthazaghu” in the Tamil film Paruthiveeran. She is one of the few actresses who star in both critically acclaimed and commercial movies. She has successfully established herself as a promising young actress of the South Indian film industry.
Award-winning Acclaimed writer
Writer, Journalist, Dancer
ishani Doshi is an Indian poet, journalist, and dancer based in Chennai.She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2001. Her first collection Countries of the Body won the 2006 Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection. She has been invited to the poetry galas of the Guardian Hay Festival 2006 and the Cartagena Hay Festival 2007. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2009. She is also preparing a biography of cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan.
GD/o Dr. Mrs. YGP of the Padma Seshadri
A multi faceted personality that she is, Madhuvanthi has learnt Bharatanatyam from none other than Padma Bhushan Dr.Padma Subrahmaniam and has several dance performances and productions to her credit. Her dance performances have made her travel all over the world including U.S.A., Canada, U.K., Paris and Malaysia.
Jewellery designer, Entrepreneur Dancer,
Ahalya, co-founder of Rasvihar, trained the traditional Indian way in dance and fine art. She underwent rigorous, special art training for 12 years starting at the age of six. She has completed a course in diamond grading conducted by the International Gemology Institute.
Popular psychologist, Writer
Dr Shalini is a popular psychologist who answers questions of readers on Kumudam, a popular weekly Tamil magazine. She is also an active blogger talking about various psychology related issues on her blog http://myadventuresinpsychiatry.blogspot.com/
The RITZ Awards are instituted by RITZ, Chennai’s widest read fashion and lifestyle magazine with a pan-South India reach. Owned and published by Aruna R Krishnan and launched in August 2004, RITZ is Chennai’s first city magazine of its kind and is the pioneer of the magazine trend in the city today. Right from the first issue, RITZ has been synonymous with wholesome reading entertainment and has distinguished itself in the form of several innovative concepts like city-based fashion photo shoots, city-based opinion polls and up close interviews with some of the most inaccessible stars and industrial tycoons. RITZ Awards is the product of the magazine’s effort to honour women achievers who can be showcased as inspirational icons for other women to reflect on.
Awards shows admittedly are aplenty today. But the RITZ Awards for Amazing Women distinguishes itself from the multitude by keeping the focus solely on highlighting the career choices and life-changing decisions in the face of hurdles made by 15 women achievers in the age group of 18 to 40. The criteria for the same is excellence in their chosen fields be it business, career, sports, politics etc. The 3 judges of the event comprise dynamic women who are looked upon as sources of inspiration.
The Awards were be presented by eminent, accomplished individuals including Mr. Kiran Reddy of Satyam Cinemas and Mrs. Chandra Sankar of the Sanmar group.