December 2015 \ Diaspora News \ Engaging the Diaspora
India Empire Awards Celebrating India in Beverley Hills

Mr. Venu Sarakki (Excellence in Entrepreneurship) is the CEO of Sarakki Associates Inc, (SAI) a multi-disciplinary engineering firm based in Santa Ana, CA. SAI started in 1995 by providing their services in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), which deals with improving traffic mobility by applying state of the art computer and communication systems. SAI currently provides IT services related to secure border systems along US-Mexico border and to enhance cyber security. SAI was recently awarded a multi-million-dollar contract by US Department of State for Cyber security project. On July 11, 2014, Mr. Sarakki was invited to the white house to meet President Obama to discuss small business issues and their impact on policy. Mr. Sarakki is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Mr Nakul Dev Mahajan (Excellence in Performing Arts) is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Bollywood Dance Company in the United States, NDM Bollywood Dance Productions and Studios Inc. located in Los Angeles. His unique dance style and choreography fuses a diverse repertoire including Indian classical styles, such as Kathak, Bharata Natyam, Bhangra, and Folk; and, western staples including Ballroom, Latin, Hip-hop, Contemporary, and Jazz. Some of his major Hollywood choreography credits include Superstars of Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew and A.R. Rahman’s World Tour: Jai Ho. However, Nakul is best known for his choreography on So You Think You Can Dance, which garnered him international interest and secured his role as Hollywood’s Favorite Bollywood Choreographer.

Mr K K Anand (Legal Accomplishments) is the Founder of Anand Law Practice which is headquartered in New Delhi. The firm’s NRI Legal Services and Solutions division is dedicated to handle property, matrimonial and other legal issues of NRIs, Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas citizens of India. With regard to property / real estate, a team of legal experts provides services related to Land and property searches, Transfer of land/property, Partition/Division of property, Will or Succession certificates, Disputes/litigation cases regarding illegal possession of NRI property in India, Landlord and tenant disputes, Criminal litigation against NRIs and OCsI relating to property disputes, Investment in real estate in India. With regard to matrimonial discords, the firm provides services related to Cross border divorce cases, Matrimonial criminal matters, Inter country adoption, Child custody cases, Matrimonial property disputes, Rights of NRI spouses.