Last month, I supported the Biannual Awards Evening of the Triangle Media Group (TMG) held in Leicester, England.
At the event, which I was not able to attend due to work, some fifty "South Asian and foreign achievers that have made an outstanding mark and contribution in the global mainstream media" were honoured and the winners were selected from various parts of the world.
This is the second time the event has been held.
Those honoured included Bollywood legends such as Amitabh Bachchan and Shabana Azmi; a top Hollywood director M Night Shyamalan; and Sheeraz Hasan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of hollywood.tv - Hollywood's leading entertainment portal.
The awards are conceived by my friend, Haresh Sood, who, despite being named as Tomorrow’s Lawyer by United Kingdom's The Times newspaper in 2001, has chosen to focus on his media career rather than a legal one.
Haresh has shared, "TMG prides itself to be unlike any other awarding ceremonies and proud to announce that it is precisely this sort of evening that we need more of to get the quality of our artistes seen and heard about. We need to merge on the TMG platform to showcase quality audiences what we are all about in all the fields of the media mainstream we operate within be it film, theatre, politics, sport or fashion."
Nevertheless, it was interesting that the focus of this year was, in fact, the law.
Firstly, it was attended by several legal practitioners and scholars, and hosted by the University of Leicester law school, where I studied.
Secondly, Indian film-maker Jagmohan Mundhra spoke about his film, Provoked, which, based on the landmark British criminal law case of R v Alhuwalia  4 All ER 889, involves a woman abused by her husband. The film will feature the beautiful Aishwarya Rai.
Thirdly, the 2006 awards were announced by David Flint, Emeritus Professor of Law and Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Authority.
It was also interesting that another awards ceremony was also honoured at this event - the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, which was held in Singapore in 2004 with the support of the Singapore government.
The director of IIFA is said to have specially attended the event and "captured & mesmerised the audience with a colourful and glamorous portrayal of Bollywood Cinema which explained what [the] IIFA does and how the awards are coming to Yorkshire [in England] in summer 2007".
As importantly, the event received the endorsement of British cabinet minister, Tessa Jowell. She noted, "I was so interested to read about the Triangle Media Group alliance for foreign artistes and I am delighted to say, the excellence and quality of the Britain's cultural and sporting activities ensure that our reputation for creativity and innovation is renowned worldwide. I am delighted that South Asian artistes have an opportunity to demonstrate their own rich and diverse range of talent and skill to the rest of the world through this campaign."
An awards magazine has been published to provide more comprehensive information about the winners and it can be purchased here for £7 including delivery.