Sikhism is a religion founded by Guru Nanak Dev Ji 544 years ago with over 26 million followers worldwide. It is ranked as the world’s fifth largest religion. The 2013 awards is a precursor to the event in 2014 which marks two important anniversaries:the first being the 160th anniversary of the first Sikh arriving in the United Kingdom in 1854 and secondly 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War where several thousands of Sikh soldiers fought for Britain on the front line.
The fourth annual Sikh Awards took place last month at a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, London. The Awards recognise the pivotal contributions made by the Sikh community across a variety of fields, from business to sport and entertainment,with nominations and winners coming in from across the world.The event saw 750 guests, from international dignitaries to public figures, community heroes, sports stars and celebrities.Another highlight of the event was the launch of the second edition of The Sikh 100 Power List, detailing the most prominent Sikhs globally. The Sikh Awards were founded by Navdeep Singh.Speaking about the event he said: ‘The Sikh Awards are now in their fourth successful year. We started the awards as a means to honour and celebrate the enormous achievements of the hard-working,dedicated and successful Sikh community both in the UK and globally. We never imagined that it would become so successful and would indeed become a focal point on the international social calendar each year.