Stories of South Asian clinical excellence: who won the 2015 BMJ Awards?BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5911 (Published 04 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5911
- Jeetha D’Silva, journalist, Mumbai
The conclusion of the inaugural BMJ Awards South Asia saw medical excellence meet Bollywood glamour, in an evening that was inspiring and entertaining in equal measure. On 30 October the Grand Ballroom at The Leela in Mumbai was packed with practitioners from throughout South Asia who had gathered to honour the heroes who are making outstanding contributions to healthcare in the region.
And while the spotlight stayed on the incredible work being done, Siddharth Kannan, a well known television and radio presenter and the host for the evening, brought some Bollywood moments to the proceedings by making the crowd dance and getting some members of the audience to sing the song Lungi Dance from the Hindi film Chennai Express.
Kamran Abbasi, international editor at The BMJ, also got into the Bollywood spirit. “We expect Sholay [meaning “embers,” referring to the classic film] and Jazbaa [meaning “passion,” and the title of another popular Hindi film],” he said, speaking at the ceremony. Abbasi, who was on the jury panel, said that the quality of entries was very high and therefore to be shortlisted was a triumph.
Abbasi also spoke of BMJ’s long association with the medical community in the South Asian region. “Health is the route to prosperity and peace,” he said. “We know you share our goals for a healthier world,” he told the gathering of doctors.
Abbasi also announced that The BMJ is making content published in the South Asia channel of the journal free to access online for six months.
Winners got the loudest cheers
“The awards reflect our desire to recognise and showcase excellence in the practice of medicine in South Asia. …