Popular singer Usha Uthup was made the Big Woman Entertainer of the year in recognition of her 'Special Contribution to Bengali music' at a ceremony, the first such award instituted for women achievers in different creative fields including show business.
Actor Rituparna Sengupta was adjudged the Entertainer of the year for essaying critically acclaimed as well as popularly accepted roles across different genres in the Bengali film industry for years in the ceremony. Upcoming singing star Anewsha Dutta Gupta, the discovery of a talent search contest on a channel, was made the BIG Women Entertainer for music (young).
Veteran theatre personality Usha Ganguly, whose group Rangakormee stage Hindi and Bengali plays, was named the entertainer of the year for theatre while cricketer Jhulan Goswami was picked up for distinction in the Big achiever category in the field of sports. In a special category, five other women including Shamlu Dudeja, Aloknanda Roy and Geeta Vendakrishnan were chosen for their role as social activists and working among the underprivileged. During the programme here on Sunday evening. Rabe T. Iyer, Business Head BIG Live said, "This is the first time that an entire show has been designed to honour women entertainers across so many categories."