Ary Sarkar is a successful entrepreneur who currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Arable Corporation. He has always made it a priority to recognize and address needs, but not just in the business realm. In 2003 Ary Sarkar felt that India lacked an awards show to recognize excellence in fields such as science, medicine, and technology, and therefore created the Global Indian Awards.
The 1st Global Indian Awards took place on September 27, 2003 and featured appearances from some of Bollywood’s biggest stars (learn more about Bollywood). Ary Sarkar hosted a kick-off event for the program on September 12, 2003 and the event was covered by India’s largest weekly newspaper, India West. The newspaper’s article, titled “Momentum Building for ‘Global Awards’, Beauty Pageant”, featured quotes from Ary Sarkar about why he founded the awards show and what to expect.
Ary Sarkar explains that his primary motivation was to provide awards for successful Indians in fields that did not already present awards. He also wanted to recognize excellence by Indians in small countries such as the Fiji Islands, West Indies, Guyana, and South Africa, and hinted that award winners from India, the United Kingdom, South Africa, the Middle East, and the United States were all planning to attend. The Global Indian Awards would hand out a total of 16 gold-plated award statues.
Ary Sarkar also decided to combine the Global Indian Awards with the 13th Annual Miss India Worldwide Beauty Pageant. He told India West that he expected 26 contestants to vie for the title by taking part in the show’s evening dress, Indian dress, and talent segments. The talent segment would take place one day before the Global Indian Awards while the other two segments were slated to take place during the Global Indian Awards.
Ary Sarkar ended the kick-off event by explaining that he was thrilled with the support the Global Indian Awards was receiving from Indian community leaders and a wide variety of sponsors.