CNN-IBN Indian of the Year is the most credible and best recongnised awards for Achievement in Indian Television.
GUEST OF HONOUR
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who was the chief guest at the event.
INDIAN OF THE YEAR 2009
AR Rahman won the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2009 award. Accepting the award from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh he said: "I hope music inspires more people and lessens the divide."
MAN WITH A DIFFERENCE
Rahul Gandhi has emerged as the face of India's young politicians.
SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR
Young achiever Saina Nehwal became the first Indian woman player to win the super series in Indonesia.
ALL FOR THE PUBLIC
NGO Pratham has emerged as a powerful voice in education reform in India. It provides good education to underprivileged children.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Music composer and singer A R Rahman brought Indian music on global map by winning two Oscars in 2009.
The Indian of the Year lifetime Achiever award was given to sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar who led the popularisation of classical Indian music on the world stage.
50 YEARS OF SUCCESS
Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan was honoured with a special award for completing 50 years in cinema.
A special Award was given to the Indian cricket team for scaling the peak of Test cricket to break on through to the Number one spot for the first time ever.
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