The awards night, a celebration of maverick Indian entrepreneurs, saw some of the most successful and inspiring figures from across the country receive awards across 7 categories. Bombay Shaving Company Co-Founder & CEO Shantanu Deshpande won the ‘Aspirational Icon of Newhood’ award, LGBTQ activist Keshav Suri took home the ‘Culture Icon of Newhood’ title, Sohrab Sitaram of Keventers collected the coveted ‘Inspirational Icon of Newhood’ award, Kama Ayurveda CEO Vivek Sahni clinched the ‘Brand Experience Icon of Newhood’ title and Chaayos Co-founders Nitin Saluja & Raghav Verma won ‘Disruptive Icon of Newhood’. Lastly, Internet sensation and one of the country’s most popular YouTube artists Bhuvan Bam won ‘Social Media Icon of Newhood’ and the biggest award of the night, ‘The Icon of Newhood’.
“This award means everything to me. Quite honoured to be considered worthy enough for this! The show discussed journeys from various fields which is a very special and unique format considering it being the first of its kind.” – Bhuvan Bam, YouTube Star.
“I thank MensXP for honoring me with The Culture Icon of Newhood. For centuries India has been known for its diverse culture and uniqueness. The LGBTQ community has always been a part of Indian culture. To be recognized as the torch bearer, to take this cultural diversity forward to the next generation is a huge responsibility. I am happy to don it with pride and open minds, initiate conversations and uphold the diversity of individuals.” – Keshav Suri, Executive Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group and Founder, Keshav Suri Foundation.
Raghav Verma, Co-Founder, Chaayos said, “It feels amazing to be given the title of “Disruptive Icon of Newhood.” Big thank you for all our customers who voted for us – it is their love that keeps us going everyday! Really excited to have received this.”
Angad Bhatia, COO – Indiatimes Lifestyle Network said, “We are overwhelmed by the response to the inaugural edition of MensXP Icons of Newhood Gala Night. The winners from tonight’s celebration are among the most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs of young India. They have defined a new way of life and know that they are role models and custodians of this ‘NEWHOOD’ that they all inherently possess. We salute them for their unique vision and achievements, and promise to be back with a grander second edition next year.”
The Icons of Newhood Awards gala was a massive get-together featuring kickass beats, psychedelic lighting, free-flowing alcohol, great food and the best people from around town. There was some A-grade humour from comedian Rohan Joshi, while musicians Sidd Coutto and Prabh Deep dropped some sick beats. A fantastic bar with an endless supply of White Rhino beer amped up the celebrations while the interactive photo booths made for some memorable Kodak moments. The Wall of Fame offered inspiration to India’s next generation of young entrepreneurs.