Afghanistan’s Got Glamour!

– Sediq Shubab, Arezo Nikbin, Valy Hedjazi, and Ghezaal Enayat Headline Star Finalists for 9th Annual ATN Awards to Be Held In Kuala Lumpur on 23 February 2015

– Over 45 Million Expected To Watch Stunning Showcase of Afghan Arts And Culture; Inaugural Presentation of New Legacy Achievement Award

KABUL, Afghanistan, February 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Afghanistan’s most illustrious performing artists will join a global cast of entertainers on Monday, February 23, 2015 to celebrate Ariana Television Network’s (ATN), 9th Annual ATN® Awards at the Istana Budaya (Palace of Culture) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

ATN expects to welcome male nominees Sediq Shubab, Valy Hedjazi, Shafiq Mureed, Almas Farahi, Jawad Kamal and Baktash Yousufzai. Talented women nominees include Naghma, Ghezaal Enayat, Mozhdah Jamalzadah, Arezo Nikbin, Farzana Naaz, Roya Dost, and Sara Sahar. Mr. Asad Badie, the well-known Afghan entertainer and singer, will return as the Master of Ceremony for the fourth time.

In addition to the Lifetime Achievement, Sitara-e-Hunar, and Mardumi awards, the Annual ATN® Awards will introduce a new honor in Malaysia: the Jawedana Hai Moseqi award. This new award celebrates a performer’s legacy achievement to the Afghan arts scene.

According to Ehsan Bayat, Chairman of the Ariana Television Network, "The ATN Awards recognize and celebrate Afghan music and performing arts while encouraging unity among the global Afghan community through the preservation of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage. The introduction of the Jawedana Hai Moseqi award this year is a further testament to the great love of, and respect for, Afghan arts and culture in our nation and around the entire world."

About Ariana Radio and Television Network

Founded by Mr. Ehsan Bayat in 2005, Ariana Television and Radio Ariana 93.5 (ATN) are the largest private media channels in Afghanistan, covering 33 of 34 provinces and reaching over 20,000,000 Afghans. Focusing on information, content and entertainment, ATN programming places particular emphasis on education, health, children’s programming, women’s and world issues, and the ATN team takes great pride in broadcasting accurate, unbiased news to the audience as events occur.

ATN’s goal since launch has been one of inclusion and education, providing a "Window for a Better Tomorrow". While exposing our radio and television audiences to the best of international arts & culture from around the world, we also expand opportunities for local writers, producers, actors, and directors within Afghan communities. Programs can be accessed via the ATN website, or via the HotBird and GlobeCast satellites.

For ATN:
Monty Simus