Priyanka Chopra at USHA Play

Priyanka Chopra at USHA Play

Priyanka Chopra at USHA Play

If one were to ask what is common between Priyanka Chopra, Mary Kom and Usha, it would be Sports: The spirit that connects people and inspires them to achieve higher things. No wonder while speaking at the recent Usha Play event she stated that after Mary Kom she has developed a new-found respect for sportspersons.

Usha Play provided a platform to acknowledge sportspersons and a chance to celebrate the success of the movie Mary Kom. It was gateway to a world of sports, other than cricket, where the gorgeous actress felicitated sportspersons from various Usha Initiatives spanning across the fields of Golf, Marathon and Flying Discs.

Usha Chairman Krishna Shriram takes the stage and Plays the Piano

Usha Chairman Krishna Shriram takes the stage and Plays the Piano

The theme of the event ‘Play’ was set even before Priyanka stepped in, with Usha Executive Chairman Mr. Krishna Shriram taking the stage and later playing the Piano immaculately!  The rest of the evening unfolded keeping this tune of Play on a high octave. To put to words the mood of the event in the very words of Mr. Krishna Shriram “We borrow both creativity and energy from sportspersons around us.” He went on to state that as a company Usha supports sports and the idea of ‘Play’ because it is more than just business, as sports connects and inspires.

Priyanka Chopra felicitates various Sporrtsperson

Priyanka Chopra felicitates various Sportspersons

This enthusiasm was shared by Priyanka herself, who once was an avid Frisbee player, as introduced by Mr. Rajesh Tara. The felicitation ceremony began with Priyanka handing the Usha Play Trophy to Amateur Golfer Gauri Monga, followed by Arjuna Awardee Marathon runner Asha Aggarwal.  The Mumbai Frisbee team came next. Both the sportspersons and the team have been part of various Usha Sporting Initiatives.

Priyanka Chopra hailed the power of sports at Usha Play

Priyanka Chopra hailed the power of sports at Usha Play

Speaking on the occasion Priyanka hailed the work done by Indian sportspersons, their inspiration and discipline and the power of sports to transform people, which she recently underwent after her Mary Kom stint. According to her the transformation was not just physical but was also spiritual! She further stated “With the abundance of sporting talent in the country not only girls but all sportspersons need to be supported and encouraged to achieve their best.”

Director Chhaya Shriram handing Priyanka a Habadersery Basket

Director Chhaya Shriram gifts Priyanka a Haberdashery Basket

Later, Director Chhaya Shriram gifted her a wonderful haberdashery basket and an Usha Janome Dream Maker Sewing Machine. Expressing her delight Priyanka said she simply adores both the gifts and her mother would love them too!

Priyanka felicitates various USHA performers

Priyanka felicitates USHA performers

She went on to felicitate three Usha Dealers – Mr. Subhash M. Rathore, Mr. Vimal Jain and Mr. Bharat Dharamshi – for their outstanding performance. And also shared the stage with various TISVA Distributors.

Priyanka Chopra with various TISVA Distributors.

Priyanka Chopra with TISVA Distributors.

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Run USHA, Run

Not many of you have heard about the Rath India Open Marathon, which first took place in 1982 coinciding with the 9th Asian Games, but many among you have participated in it! Don’t be surprised, as today it is better known as the Mawana Indian Open Marathon. It is one of the oldest running (pun intended) sports event in the country.

Untitled-1 copyA part of USHA sports Initiatives it has produced leading women athletes like Asha Aggarwal, Sunita Godara, Suman Mehta Rawat, and Rigzen Angmo. Some of them went on to be awarded the coveted Arjuna Awards. Today the Marathon occupies a special place in the sports calendar of AFI.

Keeping this glorious tradition alive, the route of the Marathon makes it a point to run through some of the most magnificent historical landmarks in Delhi. In the past it has been routed through the likes of India Gate, Jantar Mantar, All India Radio and Connaught Place. It also bears the distinction for being the first Marathon to test run the race route proposed for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.   10649672_10154453790550251_9151304437457179253_n

And at the end of it, it is not just another walk (rather run) around the parks of Delhi, for every year the Marathon takes up a noble cause. In the past it has taken up a diverse range of causes from environmental protection to earthquake relief, depending on what the country needs the most.

Will you be running with USHA in the next Marathon?