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Lia Chang: Actor Samrat Chakrabarti Receives 2010 TMG Award for Global Achievers

Samrat Chakrabarti © Lia Chang

Samrat Chakrabarti © Lia Chang

Samrat Chakrabarti, AR Rahman, Ashutosh Gowariker, Irrfan Khan, Nandita Das, Anurag Kashyap, Lisa Ray, Ashok Amritraj, Amartya Sen, Anirban Dhar and Sanjay Suri are among the 50 individuals to be honored with the 2010 TMG Award for Global Achievers, at the Cineworld Cinema Nottingham in London tonight.

Hosted by The Triangle Media Group, the 2008/2009 Biennial Global Awards evening is an exclusive, by invitation only Academic Lecture & Awards Presentation Ceremony. The Awards highlight the crème de la crème of South Asian talent in the global mainstream media. Based on the academic motive behind their work, the selection focuses on a two year period of observation, analysis and research on the works of all the nominees.

Samrat Chakrabarti, who is also an award-winning musician, is being honored with the 2010 TMG Award for Global Achievers in the category of Film, TV and Drama, for his outstanding body of work over the last two years as an actor.

Best know for his featured roles in Amyn Kaderali’s Kissing Cousins, Shut Up and Sing and Spike Lee’s She Hate Me, the British born, New York based actor has been all over the map lately for his work in film and television, with roles in the upcoming Italian production Behind the Bodice alongside Irrfan Khan, the Bengali language film Dwando, the Indian independent film Bombay Summer, the American independent film Loins of Punjab Presents, and even a cameo in a new production from Bollywood’s Yash Raj films starring John Abraham. Television audiences may be familiar with his work on Law & Order (NBC), The Sopranos (HBO), Love Monkey (CBS) Hope and Faith (ABC), and Damages (FX). The accomplished musician has numerous awards to his credit, including a U.S. CARA for Best Original Pop/Rock Song, for his composition, “What’s It all About.”

Chakrabarti was named as one of the Fresh Faces at TIFF by, for his role in Claire McCarthy’s The Waiting City, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. Linda Barnard of wrote, “The high point of The Waiting City, about an Australian couple in Calcutta to adopt a child, is the lively and hilarious performance of Samrat Chakrabarti as Krishna, a meddlesome worker at the hotel where the Aussies stay. Befriending them and inserting himself into their lives, he digs out their secrets and gives unsolicited advice, in what seems like a typical Bollywood comic turn by an Indian actor.”

“I am extremely honored to be a recipient of the 2010 TMG Award in the category of ACTING. I feel lucky, that I get to continuously play a diverse range of roles and continue to tell stories on a global scale. The world is getting smaller, and as an actor, I think is important to tell powerful stories that go beyond race or culture. I feel humbled and blessed, that I get to work on unique projects that tell stories which focus on the ultimate race: the human race,” said Chakrabarti. Click here for Samrat’s reel.

TMG which predominantly consists of Law, Media & Politics Graduates, biennially celebrates, honors and recognizes South Asian achievement in the global media. Work of those with a legal, academic or political aim is the main criteria for selection. The awards are announced by Professor & Media Lawyer David Flint from Sydney and presented by Haresh Sood, a local Actor, Teacher and Lawyer who is the Global Ambassador of TMG who also heads the entire awards.

Previous winners include Actresses Aishwarya Rai and Shabana Azmi, filmmakers Farah Khan and Jagmohan Mundhra and Politician Manjula Paul and Haresh Sood after which he was made the Ambassador of the awards in 2005.

Honours & Awards 2008/09
David Flint Honorary Awards

Nandita Das | Actress & Director
Anirban Dhar | Director
Sanjay Suri | Producer & Actor

Global Ambassadors Awards
AR Rahman | Musician
Ahtosh Gowariker | Filmmaker

Special Mention
Dr Shan Nair | Businessman

Academic Awards
Darsheel Safary | Education
Dr Rajinder Dudrah | Education
Amartya Sen | Education
Asha Khemka | Education
Anupam Kher | Education

Business Awards
Gurbaksh Chahal | Businessman
Vijay Mallya | Businessman

Event & Hospitality Awards
HICSA | Best South Asian Event
Lisa Ray | Cordon Bleu (Dual Award)
Anjum Anand | Cordon Bleu
Atul Kochhar | Cordon Bleu
Vicky Bhogal | Cordon Bleu

Fashion, Literature & Arts Awards
Ash Kumar | Henna Artist
Roma Patel | Scenographer
Amitav Ghosh | Author
Jaishree Misra | Author
Emteaz Hussain | Playwright
Ritu Sood | Artist
Pritviraj Theatre | Theatre
Allah made me funny | Theatre
Ritu Kumar | Fashion Designer
Naeem Khan | Fashion Designer
Bibi Russell | Fashion Designer
Wendell Rodricks | Fashion designer
Vaibhabhi Merchant | Choreographer

Film, TV and Drama Awards
Anurag Kashyap | Film
Aamir | Film
A Wednesday | Film
Antaheen | Film
The Last Lear | Film
Bharat Nalluri | TV
Ashok Amritraj | Filmmaker
Sheetal Agarwal | Filmmaker
Vic Sarin | Filmmaker
Lisa Ray | Actress (Dual Award)
Samrat Chakrabarti | Actor
Irrfan Khan | Actor

Law, Media and Politics Awards
Ambi Sitham | Lawyer
Dr Ruby Dhalla | Politician
Sandeep Junnarkar | Journalist
Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal | Journalist
Aparita Bhandari | Journalist

Music Awards
Bishi | Singer
Raghav Sarchar | Singer
Niraj Chag | Composer

Sports Awards
Budhia Singh | Runner
Gajan Sivabalasingham | Golfer
Vijay Singh | Golfer
Vijender Kumar | Boxer
Virdhawal Vikram Khade | Swimmer

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Lia Chang © Tami Chang

Lia Chang © Tami Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer and an award-winning multimedia journalist. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog. As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

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