Saturday, April 8, 2017


Film maker Gauri Shinde and entrepreneur Sussanne Khan are few of women who were honored here late last evening  by  Young FICCI ladies Organisation (YFLO)  as Young women Achievers for the year 2016-17 .
Sussanne Khan, who is  Hrithik Roshan’s ex-wife, has been a successful entrepreneur and interior designer. Gauri Shinde had made several ad films before she ventured into Bollywood movies. Her film English Vinglish starring Sridevi was critically acclaimed. Her recent film was Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan starrer Dear Zindagi which received appreciation from the audience and critics. Both were recognised as young achievers. 
YFLO  confers these  Young Achievers awards  to outstanding women who have excelled in their respective fields and made a significant contribution to society. The primary objective of these awards conferred every year  is to promote entrepreneurship and professional excellence in women. Young women under the age of 45 are chosen from diverse fields and are felicitated through these awards. 
The other eminent young women achievers who were conferred awards for the year 20161-17 included Simran Lal (Business), Kalli Purie (Media), Shaina NC (Politics), Deepa Malik ( Sports), Chiki Sarkar ( Literature), Malvika Poddar ( Fashion), Preeti Chandra (Community Service), Bhavna Kakkar (Art) & Vidha Lal ( Performing Arts).  The felicitation ceremony took place in the presence of Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Minister for Textile, Government of India. 
“Indian handmade textile industry  which employs more than 43 lakh weavers and allied workers engaged in it, 78 per cent are women. We need to show further support to the weaver community  which weaves the diverse fabric of our nation’s rich heritage This community represents our country’s rich heritage and bring international fame to our nation “ said Ms Smriti Irani ,Minister of Textile while speaking on the occasion. 
The major highlight of this year’s Awards ceremony was a fashion show by eminent fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who pioneered the use of Indian textiles in a modern context. 
FLO President, Vinita Bimbhet; YFLO Delhi Chairperson, Trupti Gupta, FLO Past Presidents & YFLO Committee Members were the show stoppers , who walked the ramp, in exquisitely designed creations by Sabyasachi. 
“YFLO as pan India business organization  working towards the goal of women empowerment  has conferred the young  achievers awards to women who have excelled in different spheres of life and have created impact through their stupendous work in the lives of others. The organization believes in recognizing successful women, who other than excelling in their respective fields are icons of inspiration to society and encourage other women to brave the odds and emerge victorious” said Ms Trupti Gupta, Chairperson, YFLO , while welcoming the guests. 
 “There was a time when globalization was a big word,  but soon it gave way to  global local—and followed by not only nationalism but also regionalism. It is regionalization that will set us apart and ahead because regional textiles can impart a social identity that is globally unique, strong and unapologetic. Sabyasachi Couture works with some of the most important and iconic textiles and craft communities in India to give the consumer an individual voice. This show for Young FICCI Ladies Organization is a reflection of that vision. “ said Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee 
“Handwoven “kadwa” silk saris from Benares, the sumptuous allure of kanchipuram silks, the finest patolas from Patan, chikankari from Uttar Pradesh, khadi from Andhra Pradesh and indigenous methods of dying, printing and various hand embroidery celebrates the spirit of India. We believe that the finest textiles and craftsmanship should exist in India as clothing and not just mere costumes. As the country generally follows an aspiration curve that is called “the trickle-down theory” in economics, it is important to celebrate exuberant textiles and crafts in privileged corridors of society through weddings and other cultural events. It helps us sustain specialization and the eventual generic trickle down into the mass market.” He added. 

The Annual function also marked the change of hands at YFLO with its chairperson Trupti Gupta handing over the reins to incoming Chairperson, Aanchal Sethi .

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