NEW YORK–Dharmatma Saran, chairman and founder of Miss India Worldwide and Mrs. India Worldwide, received the Bharat Gaurav (Pride of India) Lifetime Achievement Award at a function held at the United Nations headquarters in New York earlier this month.
The award was given to Saran for promoting India culture, traditions and performing arts through pageantry and also bringing international Indian community on one platform through pageantry.
Established by the Sanskriti Yuva Sanstha, a Jaipur based NGO with a wide international presence, the award felicitates individuals “who have achieved a land mark in their profession and made India proud.”
Saran started the first cultural Indian pageant over 35 years back. The pageant since has been acclaimed as the “most glamorous Indian event in the world.” Starting with 12 countries now the pageant has affiliates in over 40 countries.
“I am honored to receive the Bharat Gaurav Award at UN Hall in New York. I humbly dedicate it to my associates all over world who are working hard to promote Indian culture,” Saran said in a statement.
The other honorees included, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of Art of Living, Dr. Lokesh Muni – Spiritual Guru of Jains, Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and H.R. Shah – Chairman of TV Asia.