Stardust Awards: Fashion, Passion & Compassion
Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji were invited to bless and grace the Stardust Global Icon Award Ceremony at the Plaza Hotel in New York.
This year the awards show was also held in support of the Save the Girl Child campaign: Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, a social campaign that aims to generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services intended for girls. Launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modiji in 2015, the campaign focuses on eradication of female foeticide in India. Ministry of Women and Child Development, headed by Smt Maneka Gandhiji in effect began and developed this movement. Plans to launch a special calendar highlighting prominent female personalities from various professions including acting, music, healthcare, education, fashion and others is also underway to increase awareness on this issue. Fashion Designer Sanjana Jon has been the driving force in linking this vital cause to the prestigious awards ceremony.
Amongst those awarded during the event included: Deepak Chopra, Founder of The Chopra Foundation and Co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, Raj Naik, CEO of COLORS TV, Indira Nooyi, the CEO of Pepsico, Mika Singh, popular Indian singer, songwriter composer and performer, Actress Neetu Chandraa, Actor Gulshan Grover, Fashion Designers Asma Gulzar and Sanjana Jon as well as many others.
Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji shared their inspirational message, “If all the ICONS awarded today can pledge that I CAN be the catalyst for change in the world we wish to see, then change is not only possible but it is also inevitable. If we can commit to be the voice of the girl child, who, tragically, much too often never sees the light of day, and pledge to be global, social, local and vocal about this cause then we can start to inspire and connect countless people to be this change as well.”
Sadhvi Bhagawatiji added, “The time has come for fashion, passion and compassion to join together to protect all forms of the divine feminine and divine Shakti whether in the form of the girl child or in the form of Mother Earth and Mother Nature because fashion to me is not merely about what you wear but really about who you are. Additionally, as Pujya Swamiji has often said so beautifully, without Shakti (divine feminine) there is no Shristi (no creation). Hence, let us join our hands and our hearts today to commit to be the change and to DO the change we want to see in the world.”
Iulia Vantur, Russian singer and TV personality, Singer Mika Singh, Actress Neetu Chandra and Fashion Designer Sanjana Jon and models joined Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji in the pledge.